Therapy as a Process
Therapy is a process, one that takes time, commitment, and a willingness to know yourself. Often clients will ask, “How does therapy work? Am I doing it right?” There are no right or wrong ways to be a client; only more ways to understand yourself, with the goal of building self-acceptance and self-trust. The therapeutic process includes several areas of focus: listening to your body, awakening and strengthening intuition, the therapeutic relationship, and creative experiments.
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Listening to your body
Your movement tells a story. Your body tells the truth. Listening to yourself supports self-awareness and change.
I consider attention to your body to be an integral part of our work together. I believe that attentiveness to physical process permits a full experience of self and integrated growth. In our work together, we will pay attention to your movement patterns and styles of intensity in order to heighten your self-awareness. For example, I take note of areas of tension, styles of breathing, and habitual postures and movement.
Issues such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress syndrome, and addiction manifest in both the physical body and the emotional body. Attention to both is vital for a full recovery.
Awakening and strengthening intuition
Listening to yourself awakens intuition. Trusting what you hear strengthens intuition.
Intuition is an integral ingredient of self-discovery, essential for continued growth. Yet our intuition is often wounded, and we do not trust it.
I use my own intuitive sense to hear what may be underneath what is being spoken. I am clear this is my sense, and it may or may not fit for you. With that awareness, I will share my insights with you and add them to the mix of what we are creating in our sessions. I also trust your sense of things.
Emotions are the language of the soul and therefore valuable to explore. Exploring our emotions is how we bolster intuition.
The therapeutic relationship
I believe the relationship between therapist and client is an integral part of the therapy process. As your therapist, I bring myself fully to the interaction between us. I bring a compassionate heart, a well-trained ear, and a strong belief in the transformative process. I listen not only to what you say, but also to how you say it.
Often we have habituated responses and feelings (or themes) that replay in our current relationships. These themes replay not only in our relationships with others but also in our relationship with our selves—in how we treat ourselves, talk to ourselves, and talk to others. These patterns will also surface within the therapeutic relationship we create. Bringing awareness to these patterns is a valuable intervention in the therapeutic process and relationship.
To heighten awareness and anchor new learning, I offer individuals and couples the option of doing creative experiments.
A creative experiment is a way of working with an issue other than just talking about it. The experiment might include movement, postural changes, physical support through the use of pillows or sofa cushions, journaling, drawing, or guided imagery.
Each experiment is an invitation. Saying no to an experiment can be the experiment. If you are a person who has difficulty saying no, this could be a useful experiment.