How I Work…
As a psychotherapist, I work with clients over a series of sessions. This could be weekly, fortnightly or monthly, depending on what feels comfortable for you. My approach is integrative and multi-modal, holistic and highly interpersonal.
I draw from a wide range of interventions from talk therapy to interactive creativity processes that I’ve trained in over the years. These include Kalffian Sandplay Therapy, Expressive Therapies, Symbol Work, Emotion Focused encounters, Attachment Repatterning, Somatic Experiencing®, NeuroAffective Touch®, Circle of Security, Family Constellations and Voice Dialogue. For a deeper dive into my philosophy keep reading, otherwise you can skip down the page for a more detailed description of some of these interventions.
Much of how we interact with ourselves, others and the world is shaped by our early life experiences. In our most formative relationships we develop what’s known as a ‘working model of self ‘ and a ‘working model of other’. These working models, mostly unconscious, shape our expectations of ourselves and others, our lens through which we see the world, and our sense of worthiness. Therefore, identifying and renegotiating both remembered and forgotten patterns formulated in the past, can decrease any charge they may hold and help us move on from old patterns, instead of being hijacked by them, to create a desired future. In this way, my approach is firmly based on psychodynamic theory, whilst using more contemporary approaches to therapy such as Dynamic Attachment Repatterning experience (DARe) in combination with Somatic Experiencing®.
As much of how we interact with life comes from unconscious patterning, I’m also an avid lover of how symbolism, archetypes, myths, fairytales, poetry and music can stir the soul, move the body and inform our intuition. Consequently, my approach is also founded on analytical psychology and the Jungian principles of active imagination, fantasy, archetypes, dreamwork and the collective unconscious.
My practice is further informed by systems theory, feminism, social justice and social activism. We cannot ignore the impact of patriarchy, racism, homophobia, religious persecution, colonisation, removal of children, social media, etc on our individual lives and in our intergenerational histories. The impact of the social and political culture in which we are raised and live can project many subjective & unseen injustices onto our psyche and soma. In therapy, I believe it is important to bring to light what these injustices are and how they impact our lives.
And lastly, with so much research over the past twenty years into neuroscience, polyvagal theory and the importance of body-mind integration, my inner geek loves to apply the science to therapeutic practices that have been around for a long time in order to refine them, trust them and deepen them. When it comes to healing trauma, I have been deeply touched, both personally and professionally, by the profound healing power of Sandplay Therapy, Somatic Experiencing® and NeuroAffective Touch®. I support client’s best through a ‘bottom-up’, sensory and symbolic lens that integrates the use of these three modalities over a series of ongoing sessions.
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