How is the body and movement part of the process?
People come to therapy, because they seek a change from their habitual patterns of being. Through language we can explore our verbal narratives and find new ways of making sense of our experience. With each thought we have, and story we tell, our body has a response and bringing awareness to how our body responds to stimuli from our internal and external world, opens up possibilities for change. Recognising, exploring and making explicit our inherent need for safety, and getting a feel for that creates a secure base within the therapeutic relationship that can transform how we relate to ourselves and our loved ones, friends, family and colleagues in daily life.
Who do I work with ?
I work with people of all ages, both privately and in institutional settings to help them to move towards change, to find an ease of being in the world. I have many years experience with children, young people and their adult parents and those with special needs, particularly Autism and Learning Difficulties. I have supported people with life limiting conditions, social and communication difficulties, emotional and behavioural difficulties, impulsive and compulsive behaviours, self esteem issues, and those experiencing loss or bereavement, relationship breakdown, suicidal feelings, self injurious behaviours and anxiety and depression.
Moving and Being is underpinned by a person centred, humanistic approach as well as a psychodynamic approach. The former recognises the potential of individuals to move towards growth and integration given the right circumstances and conditions to do so. The latter provides a way of understanding and working with unconscious patterns established in childhood that have a powerful influence over our lives.
This form of psychotherapy recognises body movement as being fundamental to communication and expression and to growth and development. It is a relational process where, over time, the therapist enables the client to shine a light on ways of being and patterns of relating. It offers creative and action methods that allow clients to tap into their own intuitive intelligence, integrating emotional, cognitive, physical, social and spiritual aspects of the self.
It is practiced as individual and group therapy in settings such as health, education, social services, and in private practice.
The profession is continually informed by research and by initiatives and projects that open up and extend the field of Body Movement Psychotherapy practice.