Individuals are designed to heal.
Therapy is a dynamic human interaction. It is by nature fluid and experiential. Writing about this experience, for me, loses something in the translation.
Individuals have the ability to cope with the presenting issues of life in a manner that fosters authenticity, growth and richer relationships with themselves and others. I believe the client is the hero of their own story and innately knows what they need to do. They often require a facilitator or catalyst to create the change required. Individuals relate to others through their environment. It is through these relationships that individuals develop personally and become who they truly are.
People do get stuck. Individuals often feel inadequate, unworthy, alone, afraid and disconnected, unable to see the required step to move forward. These feelings and beliefs are manifested through anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addictions, or being unable to maintain intimate relationships and a sincere, meaningful authentic connection with others. The Gestalt and mindful approach enables clients to become more aware, able to make clear choices, and take responsibility for their life as well as their impact on others.
Through working within a safe environment, interactions, non-judgment, and support, clients develop a new perspective and a greater variety of responses to life's daily challenges. Clients have less regret, more clarity, energy and a greater acceptance of themselves and others. With new awareness, clients are able to spontaneously respond, rather than react, in a clear authentic manner which enables them to be seen and heard while relating and connecting with others.
Therapy often times is painful as well as liberating. Being fully alive is the result of engaging in the Gestalt Process and taking life on with vigor and grace.
- Relationship with yourself and others
- Present moment here and now
- Making clear appropriate choices
- Responding rather than reacting
- Developing courage to be a more present, alive and authentic person
- To meet life's challenges with dignity and grace
- Taking risks to be fully alive
- Couples/Marriage work
- Clear and mindful communication
- Mindful Self Compassion
The methods used:
- Dream work
- Art therapy
- Psychodrama/role play
- Role playing
- Body work
- Sensory awareness
- Energy Psychology
- Shamanic tools
- Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Relaxation & Visualization
- Self care
- Transition and/or life challenges
- Eating disorders and addictive or dependent behaviour
- Communication challenges
- Intimacy problems
- Attachment and intimacy