Psychotherapy is essentially a journey of self-discovery. The process can help you to heal unresolved issues from the past that may be affecting your capacity to live a meaningful life in the present. As therapist I act as witness to your story and support you in engaging with the process of change. As we work together over time, you start to make sense of how all your experiences have shaped your ways of responding to life, which opens up the possibility of developing different ways of relating.
Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside dreams; who looks inside awakes.
~ Carl Jung
At certain stages in therapy you may tap into feelings, which have been denied and pushed out of awareness. Sometimes you may just need to grieve the loss of what you didn’t get in your earliest relationships. Although it can be difficult to face painful feelings, real emotional healing only takes place when you get in touch with all your feelings, including ones that may have been pushed out of awareness, let them come up, experience them fully and then let them go.
Facing things exactly as they are and shedding any self-deceptions can be a very empowering experience, which allows you to connect with your authentic Self and deep inner wisdom.
One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.
~ Carl Jung
The therapeutic relationship offers you the opportunity to have an experience of real meeting within a supportive, nurturing relationship. My way of working is interactive and honours your uniqueness and emerging needs. Coming from an Integrative perspective I draw upon a range of approaches such as Psychodynamic, Jungian, Gestalt and Voice Dialogue, and occasionally I may use Bodywork, Art Therapy and Journal Writing when they facilitate the process. I am guided by a transpersonal orientation and view obstacles as providing opportunities for growth and the developing of greater self awareness. My role is similar to that of a guide who has traversed the terrain and can accompany and support clients on their inner journey.
Ultimately, longer term therapy is about much more than the relief from symptoms and can be an enriching and highly transformative experience. The therapeutic journey offers you the possibility of experiencing deep emotional healing, which allows you to move beyond the limited identity of your personal history and create a more fulfilling life.
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