"I believe in meeting people not only with your hands, but with your presence. Listening to people deeply, so they might listen to and connect deeply with themselves".
Through compassionate awareness and touch, individuals are able to utilize one of the best resources they have: themselves. If we can obtain information about what’s not working for our ourselves and our bodies, we can begin to identify what would work for ourselves.
My background in the arts, writing, teaching and performing gave me a deep curiosity for the human condition. I have used the tools of Self-Compassion in interfaith work for Rupa Huq MP, in international charities helping to prevent burnout, with actors and writers in theatre and television, and in therapeutic Shakespeare programs for BAFTA and University of Michigan.
I am currently training in the Rosen Method and as a Gestalt Psychotherapist.
ROSEN METHOD BODYWORK
"Through listening to the truth of the body it is possible to discover what we do, who we can be, what we can expereince, and how we can love"
- Marion Rosen
An original form of somatic approach which addresses physical tension. Its unique form of sensitive touch and verbal communication helps people to become aware of what they are holding – physically and emotionally – in their body.
When the body is allowed to reveal its truth in a space of non-judgement, it can relax and let go of stress and pain. Rosen Method helps individuals to soften the barriers in their life so that they can live more fully, and the natural feelings of “embodied being” can become a source of joy.
"Lose your mind and come to your senses".
- Fritz Perls
Gestalt is a German word. The closest translation is ‘whole’, ‘pattern’ or ‘form’. It has the sense that meaning cannot be found from breaking things down into parts but rather from appreciation of the whole. In other words, Gestalt is a holistic process. It regards the individual as a totality of mind, body, emotions and spirit who experiences reality in a way unique to themselves.
In practice, Gestalt practitioners work with clients to help them focus on self-awareness: on what is happening from one moment to the next or, as we often say, in the Here and Now. Increased awareness and understanding of the present, of one’s immediate thoughts, feelings and behaviour, and of patterns of relating can bring about powerful change and new perspectives.