A warm welcome to my profile. I am a body psychotherapist, as well as counsellor and biodynamic massage practitioner. Having trained in both ‘talking’ and ‘non-talking’ approaches to therapy, I am in a unique position of being able to incorporate both methods towards client self-discovery and transformation. ‘Biodynamic’, the type of body psychotherapy I practise, means the free flow of life energy allowing an individual to be who they really are, and not who they had to adapt themselves to be. Through verbal exploration, but also techniques that encourage clients to listen to their bodies, I help fellow humans figure out what is holding them back from life - and what we together can do about this. For a more comprehensive description of what body psychotherapy is, and the types of bodywork used (including touch, expression and massage) please visit my website (see Contact Details above). These extracts below further illustrate how I work:
Body psychotherapy is a verbal and non-verbal approach which introduces bodywork into the therapeutic encounter on the understanding that mind and body cannot be separated. Through talking, touch, massage, movement and expression, body psychotherapy seeks to clear the mental and physical blocks preventing a person from being who they really are.
What has happened to you has happened to your body too. Often your body will hold past conflicts until a time when you feel ready to process them. Sometimes 'just talking' doesn't produce the depth of transformation needed for healing. At this point body psychotherapy will look for the truth that is held in the body to guide a person to their inner knowing. Your body is wiser than you think and the path to feeling more whole, alive and happy lies within!
Biodynamic massage is a method used alone or within body psychotherapy that explores where and how our psychological issues are being held in the body, releasing places of tension and waking up areas that feel lifeless. Within the therapeutic relationship, the biodynamic massage therapist tries to sense how their touch is being received by the client and where there may be anxiety or numbness in addition to safety and connection.
As humans we have a biological need for warm and supportive relationships. Many of us, growing up, were not cared for in a way that made us feel free and validated in our bodies and minds. As a body psychotherapist, I work from a place of deep acceptance and positive regard that offers a reparative model of relationship allowing the client to begin to trust themselves and their own wisdom.
I can help with:
feelings of depression, anxiety, low self-esteem or emptiness
a traumatic event or developmental trauma throughout childhood
physical symptoms that may also be psychological
feeling disembodied or stuck in one's head
I am a biodynamic body psychotherapist, counsellor and biodynamic massage practitioner. I am fully registered and accredited with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the London School of Biodynamic Psychotherapy. In addition to extensive training in Biodynamic Psychotherapy, I also hold a Diploma in Counselling and worked previously as a counsellor for Age Concern and Kensington and Chelsea College. More recently, I helped provide pastoral support within the mental health services of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. I currently run a private central London practice specialising in body psychotherapy and massage, within a multidisciplinary children and adults therapy centre.
My approach is biodynamic, person-centred and reparative. Biodynamic refers to the energy of life within us that seeks freedom and expression. Person-centred assumes that we all have a natural drive towards self-actualisation. Reparative describes a type of relationship between therapist and client that aims to provide the healing experiences necessary for transformation. In all these approaches, my priority is to create a safe and non-judgmental space where the client can begin to know themselves.
While my background is in counselling, I have found that therapy involving touch and the body brings an immediate, tangible and transformative element into the room that talking alone rarely achieves. For me, it is the difference between 'talking about' and experiencing for real. One is about making sense, which is important, the other is about 'living it'.