8-10 Mansfield. St, Thornbury 3071.
These sessions may include a Gestalt informed approach, a Process Oriented focus or Transpersonal themed response. They are experiential sessions that incorporate a mind, body and spirit response to the issues that you may bring.
Issues that may be suitable for these types of sessions might include anxiety, depression, physical pain, a desire for psychological integration, shadow work, trauma, grief or simply a desire to explore more deeply.
Processwork or process oriented psychology is a psychotherapeutic approach developed by Arnold Mindell that incorporates Jungian dream theory, somatic body awareness and transpersonal psychology into a unified multi-levelled awareness system.
It aims to facilitate deeper understanding of our unique individual expression, as well as how these processes may manifest in our relationships, by providing tools that help us to follow the natural unfolding of our experience.
Processwork places a high importance on our dreams - whether they be when we are awake (via day dreams, body symptoms or metaphor) or asleep. By following our dreams, body signals and symptoms we may gather greater understanding of ourselves and help us to process stored tensions and trauma in our body.
-Sessions run for 50 minutes
- Full paying ($140)
- Concession Available
Each Processwork session is different, however a typical session may incorporate a range of different methods to help the opening of a process. A session may include the discussion of a dream, integrated role play or role switching, breath and body awareness work and other experiential processes. Processwork is also keenly interested in as much as what is not being said as what is being said, these secondary or ghost roles often offer an amazing resource for helping us to uncover aspects of an issue that we may not have considered or have been too overwhelmed to explore.
Processwork may also include more traditional counselling approaches as tools for integration and provider better cognitive understanding.
Gestalt Therapy is a fantastic technique that focusses on bringing our attention to what is happening in the here and now - in that trauma and issues are not often what happened to us but how we think about and perceive them now. The event may indeed have been traumatic and have caused long lasting effects, but often It is our memory of the event and how we perceive the event that causes us distress.
By bringing awareness to feelings and physical sensations that arise in the moment of working through an issue we are working directly with the core of the issue. As such Gestalt therapy seeks to avoid abstraction and theorising about an issue but rather asks the question - what is my experience of that issue right here and now.
I incorporate Gestalt therapy into my psychotherapeutic practice by ensuring that each session is highly attuned to physical, emotional and mental responses to the topic of the session in the moment. By attending to the phenomenology (the felt experience of the process), we can bypass overly rationale responses to situations and come to a deeper more cellular understanding.
Holotropic Breathwork and Transpersonal Psychology underpin much of the way I approach my work. The word Holotropic literally means "Moving towards Wholeness" and was coined by Stanislav Grof as a way to describe the way that non-ordinary states of consciousness can be used to facilitate personal transformation - healing fragmented parts of the self through powerful experiences of inner transformation.
The non-ordinary state offers the participant a unique way to experience the psyche's builtin capacity to heal - what Stan refers to as the Inner Healing Mechanism or Inner Healer. In Holotropic work, the participant is encouraged to open to the Inner Healer through various breath and body work techniques, in order to allow material to emerge that will help support the further unfolding of the participants process. In this way the participant may experience the processing of stored energy from traumatic events, experience shifts in awareness that bring clarity to issues or simply feel the relief of being in touch with a hitherto unseen part of the self.
These experiences may include elements of literal or personal experiences they may have had, as well as transpersonal experiences which may include powerful embodied experiences of myth, metaphor and archetype. With any type of deep experiential work it is important to ensure the experience is contained and grounded in a way that makes it possible for the participant to integrate the experience.
My work as an Acupuncturist, Holotropic Breathwork facilitator and my recent study in Gestalt and Processwork gives me a diverse range of tools to draw upon in my psychotherapy and counselling sessions. I am committed to exploring the embodied and experiential means of bringing awareness to your own inner process as well as your relationship with the world around you.