The vicarage practice
Have a particular life obstacle you’re trying to overcome? As a committed, professional Body-Mind Psychotherapist in Hebden Bridge, I’m happy to guide you through all of life’s challenges with the attention and care you deserve.
“If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain”
Body Orientated Psychotherapy, or Body Psychotherapy (Somatic Psychology), takes the client's psyche and body into account. Many of our early childhood traumas and one's reaction to the outside world are still carried, unconsciously, within the body and this approach can access these sensations, and emotions.
Through the use of various psychotherapy methods and collaborative treatment measures, my clients develop life-changing skills to help them cope with any of life’s various obstacles.
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I practice as a fully accredited psychotherapist at The Vicarage Practice, which is based in Hebden Bridge. With more than fifteen years in professional practice, I am here to guide you through life’s most complex and difficult matters. I care about my clients' well-being and offer psychotherapy according to their individual needs. I work using a combination of body-orientated, and humanistic psychotherapy.
I have provided a number of specialised therapeutic services to those dealing with challenging or traumatic life experiences. Get in touch with me today for more information.
INTEGRATIVE MINDBODY THERAPY PRACTITIONER
I am a certified and insured practitioner of relational body psychotherapy. I trained in Advanced Deep Body Psychotherapy, Postural Integration (PI), Integrative MindBody Therapy (IMT), and Relational Hypnotherapy (GHSC).
I am accredited with the European Association of Body Psychotherapy (EABP), and I am a member of the UK Association of Humanistic Psychology Practitioners (UKAHPP) and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
PUBLICATIONS AND ARTICLES
International Body Psychotherapy Journal: The Art and Science of Somatic Praxis (2017)
This article is Part I of a two-part exploration of therapist self-disclosure. These papers view therapist self-disclosure as an integrative concept, in that it can promote a movement toward a deeper, more authentic therapeutic alliance, whilst advancing therapeutic change.
Part II will explore the intricacies, challenges and risks of self-disclosure.
International Body Psychotherapy Journal: The Art and Science of Somatic Praxis (2015)
The purpose of this paper is to present two cases documenting eroticism in a male client– female therapist heterosexual dyad. This phenomenological study will reflect upon the experiences of the researcher, in order to gain a deeper understanding of the human phenomena of erotic transference and countertransference in therapy.
HOW LONG DOES EACH THERAPY SESSION TAKE?
In private sessions I work with individuals or couples. Each session takes 60-90 minutes, the session is either face-to-face or through Skype.
WHAT TECHNIQUES DO YOU USE?
Therapy is structured around three clinical axis: body psychotherapy, trance work and relational psychotherapy.
In many instances body psychotherapy may initially look like other psychotherapeutic approaches: you talk about your concerns and problems and the work develops from there.
A typical body psychotherapy session will focus on three aspects; the quality of the client-therapist relationship, talking and bodywork. Bodywork can include touch, breathing, sound and movement. It aims to release tensions, increase our sense of aliveness, to express and connect with our emotions and our body and to open to mindfulness.
Often, many of us - especially when we are struggling or are in pain- can only manage to be aware of our experiences in a fragmented or disconnected way, and we get ensnared in negative patterns of attending to and processing our distress in a harmful, often selective way. We may impose past experiences and conclusions on our current challenges and even on those around us. This limits our capacity for presence and connection.
The simple use of body awareness can allow us to access a whole world of neglected, internal information, both for the client and the therapist. With curiosity we can explore, through posture, movement, breathing and awareness, powerful feelings and conflicts which people learn to repress and suppress over a lifetime.
DO YOU OFFER SLIDING SCALE RATES?
Sessions cost between £50-65 depending on income.
effective psychotherapy for a range of problems including:
anxiety, panic attacks, phobias
bereavement and loss
work stress and redundancy
postnatal depression, birth trauma, fertility issues
gender and sexuality issues