Psychotherapy & Counselling
What is Psychotherapy?
In a Psychotherapy session with me, we explore two or more parts of your psyche (personality) using Gestalt Therapy (Psychotherapy). Gestalt Psychotherapy employs creative experiments and careful observation of your phenomenology, for example, their body posture, breathing, facial expressions, and movements in conjunction with their words.
Often clients report feeling "stuck" in a particular behaviour or set of behaviours. This can be due to a dominant part of their personality being active too often, while another part of them is suppressed, sometimes due to shame or other difficult emotions.
Through experiment, both parts can be given a voice and supported to find the middle ground where they can operate more harmoniously.
In our counselling sessions, we engage in dialogic therapy for grief, loss, separation and other concerns.
I provide a safe space for clients to be seen, heard and held with compassion as they move through troubling experiences such as grief, loss, anxiety, depression, separation, divorce or other life transitions causing them stress. Clients leave feeling supported and better equipped to navigate tricky emotions.
Gestalt Therapy is a form of psychotherapy which supports the client to maintain their focus on the here and now, or present moment. The word “Gestalt” is German in origin, and whilst it has no direct English translation, it relates to the overall or whole presentation of a person; where their energy is located.
Creative processes and interventions, otherwise known as “experiments” are offered in addition to talking about past experiences, so as to achieve greater awareness and felt a sense of how the client’s own thoughts and behaviours are impacting his or her day-to-day life.
As well as discovering more about the previously mentioned life challenges, Gestalt Therapy is also a very useful modality for exploring chronic physical illness, making meaning of dreams, and illuminating repressed parts of the psyche, or personality, often referred to as the “shadow”.
A range of techniques may be offered including somatic bodywork, music, dance, drama or art.
Art therapy is my most widely employed creative exercise.
The practice of staying present will heal you. Obsessing about how the future will turn out creates anxiety. Replaying broken scenarios from the past causes anger or sadness. Stay here, in this moment.
- S. McNutt
Often, we inherit beliefs from our ancestors which, when kept hidden in our subconscious, can prevent us from moving forward in our lives.
Artistic talent is absolutely unnecessary for this process, and often the very act of creating something tangible, in the absence of pressure to excel, can be very healing in and of itself.