There are many kinds of psychotherapy and analysis and so it is important that you find something that suits you. The kind of work I do is creative and nourishing in that we will work with where you are now, and develop a ‘symbolic’ understanding of your current life circumstances which can embrace the past and provide a vision of the future. I am a Jungian Analyst which means have have been through a rigorous and extensive training programme with the Independent Group of Analytical Psychologists, UK. I am also an Authentic Movement teacher and Focusing Trainer so I often work with somatic symptoms, body based processes as well as with dreams and your life experiences. I am on the Faculty of Janet Adler’s teacher training programme for those wishing to become teachers of Authentic Movement. I have a private practice in Northampton and London, UK.
Carl Jung developed his approach to psychotherapy based on the idea that every individual has both conscious and unconscious contents and that often we leave parts of our personality to one side because of traumatic events or socialising and this can often mean we become one-sided resulting in feeling unhappy, unfulfilled, depressed, angry or lonely. The key to finding and working with the ‘whole’ of our personality, Jung believed, can be discovered in our dreams. Learning more about ourselves through dream analysis helps to connect us to a wider cosmic view where we are a part of the past, present and future.
Gene Gendlin discovered that individuals who could connect to a ‘felt sense’ of how they were in a given situation were best placed to respond the psychotherapy. With this in mind he developed ‘Focusing’. This is a very simple tool that allows you to access how you are in your body/mind right now and then find ways to language that ‘felt sense’ and develop tools for carrying forward this fuller sense of yourself into your life. Once you learn how to Focus it is easy to do alone or with a partner. This is a self-development tool that can be applied specific life problems, creative blocks or more general psychotherapeutic work.