I am aware that hardship is a fact of life. Life-changing experiences and traumatising events, wether sudden, as accident or assault, or long-term, as reacting to the world from the framework we learned as a child, are especially difficult to make sense of. Some of our resulting feelings and behaviour may become self-defeating. However, how we react to hardships is the one part of our life that we can control.
Together we can explore how to address issues practically or allow space to explore the emotional side and body expression of our experiences, creating a clear path for personal goal setting and building the foundation for a more content daily life. As you become more mindful of your own habitual reactions, your life experience will change, allowing you to be present right now and to realise and enjoy your abilities to master your life.
Pluralistic and Integrative
Therapy is always a personal journey. I believe that we as humans have similar frameworks in our internal experience, e.g. we all have a similar neuropsychological network that listens to same survival mechanisms, as can be seen in the symptoms following trauma whatever level trauma that may be. Yet we have different personalities, different survival strategies and different emotional phobias, which don’t allow us to look into a specific direction without wanting to run away.
This calls for different ways to look inside and to approach the journey into self knowledge and self acceptance, which are two components to find our way in life better. My response to this is that I don’t focus on only one way to do therapy.
The guiding principles in all my therapeutic interventions are: Openness, seeking collaboration and the involvement of all three realms, thoughts, felt sense and body sensation. My work draws heavily from the teachings of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, which is a body focussed mindful talking therapy. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy itself is based on the Hakomi Method (“Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy”), which foundation is based on Mind-Body Holism and aims to engage in an, most of the time nonlinear, process of transformation through Mindfulness.
Another mindset I draw from is Human Givens. This framework works on coming to terms with what is now in the context of what we have available to us, including the reality of our past that cannot be changed.
Humanistic and always in body awareness
I stand on the assumption that we have our own internal knowledge and wisdom and the freedom to choose to stand on our own side to find our way to actualise our potential. Through my Sensorimotor Psychotherapy training I have also learned to appreciate the importance to stay with body sensations and to let them lead to this internal knowledge. This may be viewed as a more psychodynamic and bodycentered approach as it presumes that we act from our unconscious sides held by our body awareness.
Yet I refuse to let myself pinned down to what way therapy should be done, as I feel that any person’s journey is different from anybody else’s. The journey of psychotherapy is in my view to learn about ourselves and to listen to ourselves, hence to acquire our own tools to self-actualise.
My work is aiming to be brief rather than longterm. This doesn’t describe how long therapy is supposed to be, it means to say that as soon as you feel that you have resolved what you came for, you will decide if you want to dive deeper or leave it at that. Long term therapy forms may often start without setting goals, as it is presumed that gaining general self knowledge will resolve whatever presents.
In my practice I have seen that people seeking therapy more often than not have a strong sense of their goals. Even to say that how things are right now are painful and no longer wished for gives a clear direction.
Underlying systemic framework
Exploring what we learned early on in our life journey and the underlying family roots through generations may be part of the exploration of our work. This often helps to understand more about ourselves and how our internal world has shaped our life now can help identify landmarks to the definition and felt sense of Self.
I draw a lot of my work from the development in Trauma informed Psychotherapy Bessel van der Kolk, Janina Fisher, Pat Ogden, Kathy Steele, Ono van der Hart, Dan Siegel and Peter A. Levine (list not exhaustive) have developed, each adding important aspects.
These devoted therapists have developed their work on the findings of Neuroscience and Neuropsychology, as explored by Alan Schore, Jaak Panksepp, Steven Porges (Polyvagal Theory).