Biodynamic Psychotherapy, Biodynamic Massage Therapy
A few words about myself
I am fully qualified, insured and professionally registered in both Biodynamic Psychotherapy (UKCP) and Biodynamic Massage Therapy (CNHC) following an extensive theoretical and practical training at the London School of Biodynamic Psychotherapy.
I have been working as a therapist in private practice since 2009 and in the charity sector since 2011.
Additionally I have been an NHS Mental Health Support Worker in both Elderly and Eating Disorders units for more than 7 years.
An ability to self-regulate in all dimensions of life – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual – is the foundation of health and wellbeing. Acute or chronic stress and trauma interrupt the process of self-regulation and if unresolved can leave you in a state of compromise, the symptoms of which range from a sense of mild discomfort with and within yourself through more distressing but “medically unrecognized” symptoms to diagnosable illness and disease.
Biodynamic Psychotherapy and/or Massage can address the imbalances at the root of your distress and can facilitate a return to self-regulation, so that your symptoms resolve or reduce to a manageable level. I can also help you learn how to manage your stress levels to prevent or minimize recurring distress.
My passion for Biodynamic Therapy stems from the profound changes it has made to my own physical, mental and emotional health (I have myself made the journey described above via compromise to illness and back), and from the transformations I regularly see in my clients.
So, if you are affected by stress, trauma, or chronic illness, you may be finding life difficult or painful - even with the best medical treatment available.
I would like to offer you the chance to...
...take a compassionate look at your life
...gently uncover and resolve the causes of your distress
...rediscover your natural vitality and wellbeing
...because life is worth living well.
I offer Biodynamic Massage Therapy to individuals on a short-term basis only.
I offer Biodynamic Psychotherapy (which may also incorporate Biodynamic Massage) to individuals on a short or long-term basis.
For more information please see my website. You may also like to read an article that I wrote about Biodynamic Therapy - it follows on after my contact details.
mobile: 07952 755908
The concept of ripeness as an aspect of Biodynamic Therapy
When people ask me, “What is Biodynamic Psychotherapy?” I find it difficult to give a short but comprehensive answer, as there are many dimensions to the work I do.
Writing now in late summer, at a time when fruit and grain crops are being harvested, it seems appropriate to explain the work in terms of “Ripeness” – a concept first advanced by Gerda Boyesen, the pioneer of Biodynamic Psychotherapy.
Perhaps you can take a moment to tune into this concept by thinking about one of your favourite fruits. If you can find it when it is perfectly ripe, it will be soft to touch, sweet and juicy to taste, easy to digest – and you will gain maximum nutritional benefit from it.
If it is under-ripe it will be dry, hard, sour or bitter and it will be resistant to picking from the tree. If it is over-ripe you will see, smell and taste that it has started to rot or ferment – it may disintegrate when you try to take hold of it, or it may fall from the tree and become spoiled by bruising. And if, having judged that it is too far from ripeness, you decide to eat it anyway your stomach and gut may become quite upset!
When we look for physical, mental and emotional signs of “ripeness” in Biodynamic Therapy, we are looking for the places which are becoming softer and easy to release, the moments when the client is ready to welcome, rather than resist, the material which is presenting, the points in time when it will truly do them good to digest and integrate new experiences.
Working with the body using Biodynamic Massage, it is often possible to see and feel the “ripeness”, which can manifest (as with fruit) in changes of colour, moisture and texture in the tissues. Using an abdominal stethoscope as I work, the sounds of peristalsis in the gut can be heard at, or shortly after, the moment of release, signifying that the body has moved from a state of tension to a state of relaxation.
(This physiological response at a visceral level is connected with the activation of the parasympathetic nervous system which enables us to relax and rest, and we consistently observe that the gut is activated not only in the digestion of food, but also in the acceptance and processing of psychological experiences.)
Much of my work lies in helping clients whose needs in early life were not fully met to let go of coping mechanisms which no longer serve them, and in facilitating the experience of discovering and reaching out for what is “ripe for the picking” and will truly nourish and satisfy them now.
I offer short, medium and long term Biodynamic Psychotherapy to adult individuals.
I also offer Biodynamic Massage as a short term therapeutic modality in its own right, and as a negotiable component of Biodynamic Psychotherapy.
UKCP registered Biodynamic Psychotherapist, CNHC registered Biodynamic Massage Therapist