I like to think of psychotherapy as a form of dialogue, to which we participate in a way that the Japanese call kokoro. This beautiful word has no correspondent in our European languages; the closest we can get is mindbodyspririt. It’s written linked intentionally, as if we were to write the words individually this would create the false impression that they are somehow separated or connected. Or, in kokoro there is no connection; kokoro is the simultaneous being, one with itself.
When I work, whether through psychotherapy or massage, I aim to meet the other from a place as close to kokoro as it is possible to me. In this way I invite my client’s total being to join the dialogue. Being together creates safety, and from a place of safety anything that needs to express itself it will, without creating emotional disasters. For more details please visit my therapeutic approach page.
I have a strong belief that each and every one of us carry the capacity and all the information we need to heal our wounds. We are wired to be more than fine, as one of my teachers says, meaning that we all have an innate wisdom about how to right the wrong and find harmony. Through therapy we access and experience immediately these sources of vitality and create new, strong, bonds with them. So much suffering can be eased and healed this way:
- Depression and lack of motivation
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Low self-confidence
- Feelings of shame and guilt
- Traumatic or difficult relationships
- Emotional, physical and sexual abuse
- Complex PTSD and grief
- Relational, family and work related stress
- Confusion related to personal or professional identities
- Issues around gender, sexual orientation and sexual identity
- Difficulties in making decisions and life changes