My approach is holistic, relational and practical. I trained in many psychological models and I work primarily within Gestalt framework drawing on a range of methodologies such as Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy (SFBT), Art therapy and EMDR & Trauma Therapy to attune to your uniqueness and specific needs. My central approach is to be authentic and genuine in our work.
WHAT IS GESTALT THERAPY?
As a Gestalt Therapist I strongly believe that the therapeutic relationship is at the heart of any healing process. My aim, therefore, is to give you a relational and collaborative experience of our work together that will support you to discover the solutions within yourself, and help you find the capacity to change your situation for the better.
Building a trusting, open, caring relationship is the bedrock of the way I practice Gestalt therapy. We exist in a field of relationships and are relational, or perhaps inter-relational, beings, and it is from our warm, therapeutic relationship that real change and growth can occur.
“Here and now”
Working in the present allows us to see which part of your past is nourishing and which is interrupting your good functioning and therefore needs support.
My approach is to use your inherent creativity if and when you are comfortable doing so. This can be very helpful in getting past some of every day conscious barriers which keep us stuck. This can involve art, poetry, music or whatever particular interest you may have.
Body oriented work
Paying attention to body processes may be challenging and evoke strong feelings of shame. At the same time, I believe that raising your awareness, in a sensitive way, of what is happening inside allows you to gain a better understanding of how underlying conditions such as stress, anxiety, trauma, depression, are manifesting and impacting on your well-being.
Experimentation is a creative aspect of Gestalt therapy, which allows us to develop a new experience for you, and see what happens, how that happens and track how differences occur for you in the here-and-now, so that you can develop new, healthier ways of being.
WHAT IS EMDR AND TRAUMA THERAPY?
My interest and continuous training in trauma, complex trauma and PTSD, allows me to be more supportive when working with distressing symptoms, intense fear or helplessness resulting from unresolved past experiences. When working with traumatised client I offer various trauma-informed approaches including EMDR Therapy.
Is EMDR Therapy right for you?
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) with its neuroscientific approach is effective in healing from symptoms of trauma and distress. It includes bilateral stimulation, such as eye movement, tactile or auditory, to process disturbing memories and negative thoughts by desensitizing them. As a result, old feelings are updated by connecting them with new thoughts, knowledge and emotions.
In psychological trauma treatment I use EMDR to work a variety of conditions, including:
- single event trauma (road accident, physical or sexual assault, natural disaster and other) and PTSD
- developmental trauma resulting from neglect or/and abuse in childhood and Complex PTSD.
EMDR is also very effective in treatment of many common symptoms and disorders such as:
- Anxiety disorders (OCD or specific phobias), Depression
- Anger, Addictions and eating disorders
- Limiting self-beliefs.