"Unless a therapist can enable his patient to feel some measure of security, therapy cannot even begin."

     --- John Bowlby

attachment-based 

counselling and psychotherapy

CONTACT

07802 183 039 

Central Harpenden

Central London

- King's Cross

- Highbury & Islington

• To feel safe, calm and at   ease with/in yourself 

• To build inner resources

• To be engaged and alive in the world

• To be close and stay  connected to others;

 in other words

• To move towards mental and physical well-being

HELPING YOU TO BE 

AT HOME IN YOURSELF

Sensorimotor psychotherapy and energy psychology

"We know that Energy psychology methods are amazing and very effective - all of them …"

     --- Phil Mollon, pioneer of PEP, 2015 

Key building blocks of my therapeutic home are sensorimotor psychotherapy and energy psychology methods. Being body-based, both complement each other and are highly effective when working with painful experiences and trauma. When we feel strong, comfortable, confident, and at peace emotionally, we feel better physically. Or is it perhaps the other way around? It is both: the mind influences the body; the body influences the mind.

Sensorimotor psychotherapy uses various therapeutic methods to help free ourselves from ‘living in trauma time’ and integrate the past into our present life. One such method is using a special type of ’mindfulness’: a way to calm ourselves by developing a special kind of listening/noticing our self – beginning with the breath and our physical body. Traumatic experiences from the past continue to live on, often trapped deep, within our bodies. We may not consciously know they are there, but they impact our lives. With sensorimotor psychotherapy, the body is used as the gateway to access awareness of our self, allowing frozen feelings and buried memories to come to the surface. You also learn how to stay ‘in the present moment’ so that we can observe how you organise experience: your physical sensations, movements, impulses, thoughts, emotions and memories. For example, how does your breathing change when you feel fearful?

This mindful state of awareness allows us to release ourselves from the old, destructive patterns that prevent us from living life to the full.

Tapping into our higher energetic selves with positive intentionality brings healing, re-connection to oneself and vibrancy. This lies at the core of the fast-moving family of approaches of Energy psychology. Our thoughts, beliefs, emotions and behaviours impact our energy system. I use a number of approaches such as TAT, AIT, EFT, PEP, the Blue Diamond method when working energetically: employing pressure or tapping on the acupressure points of the meridians and chakras, imagery, energy testing and energy medicine exercises.

Energy psychology is a very gentle yet effective dimension which, in my experience, can enable change and help us achieve results more quickly than traditional talking-based therapies can on

their own.

If you’re looking for counselling or psychotherapy, or wish to know more, please get in touch

with me.

 

Working with you

Our home should be a place where we feel protected and safe, comforted and relaxed, and looked after. But this is not always the case. My intention is to provide a ‘therapeutic home’ that is warm, welcoming and safe enough. Our earliest experiences - of relating, being related to and having our needs met - profoundly impact our selves as adults. Understanding and accepting how our earliest experiences continue to live on in us, free us from past emotional injuries and facilitate our innate healing capacity to be at home in our selves. Here, are some approaches I use that can help you. 

The foundation of my therapeutic home is attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapy with the key building blocks of sensorimotor psychotherapy and energy psychology methods.

 

Attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapy

“The self is a relation which relates itself to its own self, or it is that in the relation that the relation relates itself to its own self; the self is not the relation but that the relation relates itself to its own self.”

     --- Søren Kierkegaard

Attachment-based therapy focuses on the attachments we make in early childhood and how these influence our relationships in later life. In particular, if our relationship/attachment to our primary carer is broken or unsatisfactory, it is often not possible to feel secure. An attachment-based approach gives us the opportunity to experience, perhaps for the first time in our lives, a relationship with an adult where it feels safe enough to explore our fears. This, in turn, can make it easier for us to feel more secure, in control of our lives and form better relationships.

Imagine a moment in your life when you feel completely understood and accepted by someone else. This is the concept of attachment. It is human nature to seek help from someone we trust when life's circumstances overwhelm or paralyse us. Choosing to work with someone in a safe place who listens, understands and helps you to put things into words matters. It helps you to be more at ease in your self. In fact, the capacity to give care and seek and receive care is a healthy indicator of resilience and well-being.

Central to relational psychoanalytic/psychodynamic thinking is the ability to gain insight and understanding about our Self - our unconscious motivations and repeated, implicit patterns of behaviour that keep us stuck. Being able to take a step back, freely self-reflect and not feeling defined by our emotions or behaviour are indicators of good health. In this state, we are calm, able to take in information, make better decisions and act from a resourceful inner place.

 

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“A path is made by walking on it.”

     --- Zhuangzi