Most people seek psychotherapy because they hurt. Some aspects of this hurt can truly be changed within a psychotherapeutic relationship, other aspects may be transformed; some parts of this pain we might need to simply learn to accept.
For me, psychotherapy is about facilitating and supporting the lifelong task of becoming fully human. There are other ways of doing it too, and like many important paths, this is a journey ever to be walked, and perhaps never to be fully reached; it is a process of coming home.
I offer long-term psychotherapy work and also focused therapeutic processes which may be shorter termed.
I have worked with people with many types of hurt and many types of yearnings, ranging from the extremely disturbing and debilitating psychological and physical conditions, through relationship and sexual issues, to wishing to allow life flow more freely inside them.
We will work together – as partners and I promise to communicate as clearly, respectfully and transparently as I can. I will do my best to meet you as a person and to help you ease some of your pains and accept others; to change what is changeable and accept the unchangeable. It means that we would work together towards achieving your goals as creatively, flexibly and playfully as possible. But moreover, it means that we shall enter a relationship, and do our best to be real in this relationship – sharing what it means to be embodied human-beings in relation.
The professional boundaries and setting of the therapeutic relationship make it safer for us to dare and be more human, dare and risk intimacy. We shall together cultivate nonviolent relationships with ourselves and others, embrace and explore the edges and shadows of our being and own up to our complex human desires, fears and hopes.
Beginning psychotherapy is always a challenging process of opening up to another person, showing ourselves to another and discovering both painful and helpful things about ourselves. Recognising the vulnerability with which we come into therapy, I try to be non-shaming and kindly balance support and challenge. I know of nothing more transformative, magical and spiritual than a meeting of persons and trust that a good therapeutic relationship can make a real significant improvement in our lives.
My modality of practice is Integrative-Mindbody-Therapy, which is an integration of three main psychotherapeutic modalities: relational psychotherapy, body psychotherapy and trancework. From body psychotherapy I have learned to respect the body, to honour the pleasure and pulsation of our being and to trust my body as a compass in my work. We might work with breath, movement, attention to the body and also, when appropriate, with touch. From hypnosis, NLP and shamanic work I learned to work with altered states of consciousness and to enjoy the fruitful and generative potential of trance. From relational psychoanalysis I learned to respect unconscious process, to dance between the asymmetrical and mutual aspects of therapy, to surrender to the relationship and to trust in the process.
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What does IMT look like?
While sessions may involve a great set of tools (ranging from a conversation, to breathwork or touch or bodywork practices, to trancework), the integration manifests mostly on the level of positioning: i.e. the practitioner is curious about bodily processes (the client's and their own) and about naturally-occurring trances. The range of clinical curiosity and understanding of somatic and trance processes in the way the readily occur in relationships opens a different level of psychotherapeutic practice. Therefore, sessions may look like 'regular' psychotherapy, yet the psychotherapist will be attuned to other nonverbal streams of communication and will be willing and able to engage with these directly.