"The only journey is the one within."
Rainer Maria Rilke
What is Body Psychotherapy?
Body-psychotherapy is a form of psychotherapy that believes that the body can reflect and hold an individual's state of being and life experiences. It works on the premise that our well being is not just established through the thinking mind but it is a holistic state combining body-mind-spirit and that at any time our bodies hold all of our emotional states and stresses.
Working with the body in therapy is not a new idea, indeed body psychotherapy has its roots in the work of Wilhelm Reich (b.1897) and Eastern philosophies of the 1960s. Focusing our attention on our feelings and sensations instead of just our thoughts allows us to fully explore our wholeness as humans. There are many reasons that we become disconnected from our bodies but bringing our attention to it in the therapy room allows for an in-depth exploration of who we are and who we want to be.
For many people feelings of illness, tiredness and an overall lack of vitality have become the norm, as a result relationships, work and life overall can feel increasingly more difficult. In body psychotherapy we can explore how these patterns are laid down in our lives and find new ways to challenge the habitual and unhealthy behaviours that stop us truly living life to the full.
Who is Body Psychotherapy for?
Body psychotherapy is suitable for everybody. It is particularly good for people who are looking to get more in touch with their bodies and who find it hard to express their feelings with words. Sometimes people come to see me for a specific reasons such as a recent bereavement or a job loss but other times people are coming to terms with a series of long term issues that they are no longer able to cope with. Regardless of reasons I work with people from all walks of life and a wide range of backgrounds.
Whatever the reason, choosing to have therapy is an excellent way to begin exploring difficult feelings in a confidential space where you have the freedom to express yourself and your truth.
I work with a range of issues, the following is a comprehensive but not exhaustive list:
Feelings of emptiness
PTSD and C-PTSD
Relationship struggles and destructive patterns