I qualified 20 years ago and over the years have done much further training to develop an integrative approach in the therapy I offer.
I believe in the importance of offering optimal conditions to hold the therapy, this includes regular sessions in a safe aesthetic room, on the same day, at the same time, in the same place. If damage has been caused through inconsistent or not good enough parenting it is even more important that I provide a different and therefore reparative experience.
Problems and difficulties manifesting in the present are signposts to unresolved issues in the past. Lifespan Integration Therapy is done in a structured way with specific coaching from me, the therapist, to your adult self, in effect coaching your adult self to heal and nurture your child (or younger) self, and in doing so updating neurological pathways. When healing is absent in the past, it is impossible to be fully whole or present in the NOW. LI therapy travels back to THEN and gathers up blocked energy and brings it to the present, allowing a more whole and integrated self to thrive and be here, now.
This work is helpful to a complete range of people, from those suffering from the symptoms of post traumatic stress and complex trauma, (actually leading to the absence of the PTSD symptoms) to those, including therapists, who have done a lot of work on themselves and have reached a limit of how far normal talking therapy can take them.
Of course, for some, it can be extremely healing to have a space in which to feel heard, validated and met by another human being, a space where insights can come into being, a space to reflect. I offer this space.
For some this will be sufficient, for others bringing in creative ways of exploring may be helpful too, such a sand tray, chair work, drawing…. or we can invent our own.
I like to work collegially, trusting that together we will learn what is best.
For others mixing talking therapy and structured therapy can work really well. I offer a free 20 – 30 minute meeting in which we can discuss which approach is best for you