My therapeutic approach

My primary aim is to create a safe, warm, empathic, non-judgemental and inclusive therapeutic space, in which you can attend to both everyday life and health challenges, as well as the deeper issues arising from past traumatic events or adverse childhood experiences.

 

My work aims to promote sustainable change in people's lives, integrating and weaving aspects of different approaches, however primarily tuning into what each client, each session, organically allows for.

 

The main pillars of my work are:

(1) Somatic & Holistic - honouring the unity or alignment of mind-body-soul/spirit/purpose;

I believe that the right conditions for change and healing to occur, involve a realignment, or unity, of mind, body, and soul/spirit/purpose.

 

My work supports clients to gradually and gently shift from their current or old narrative, heavily anchored in the mind, to a more embodied narrative.

 

This work invites a re-connection to the wisdom of the body, befriending the body as a resource and ally, even when the body has traditionally or more recently been a source of pain, numbness or disappointment.

(2) Psychodynamic & Relational - honouring the effect of early experiences, particularly early relational experiences;

In order to move past the past, we need to make space to listen to and understand how and why it surfaces in our present lives - often in our relationship to others, ourselves and our environment.

 

Trauma often happens in relationship, and it is in relationship that our opportunity to heal from the past arises.

 

A side note on grief: Sometimes, we can get hooked into a cycle of trying unsuccessfully to change things, to move on from the past, though we omit and avoid the painful yet transformative task of grieving.

 

Grieving is about both the more tangible and tragic losses, and also intangible losses, such as loss of hopes and dreams, unfulfilled potential, loss of direction, or unfulfilled self expectations.

 

(3) Systemic & Parts work - honouring the multiplicity of the self (we have many parts), and cultivating a Self-led experience.

Internal Family Systems (IFS) helps us to conceptualise the many different parts of us, that often polarise and compete with each other within us, leaving us stressed, depressed, anxious and ineffective at implementing desired changes.

 

IFS also helps us understand the impact and importance of cultivating our connection to our Self, the centred, grounded, open and curious core part of us that has the capacity to listen, understand, heal, reparent our inner wounded child, and help us release emotional burdens that we have long carried.

 

These pillars exist on a foundation of strong anchors in attachment theory, bereavement, developmental and complex trauma sensitivity, and polyvagal theory.