Psychotherapy

'We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. 
The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come' Joseph Campbell

My approach to psychotherapy is to work alongside you as willing traveler on an exciting journey into your internal world. I am a relational body psychotherapist. I hear you ask what the hell does that mean? It means I have trained in a theoretical approach to therapy that has some underlying principles:

- that we are humans, in relationship to other humans and our world, and to learn about ourselves it's easier to do so in relationship with another willing human that will give us feedback about how they experience us. 

- that we are not just minds discombobulated in time and space, but minds in a body. A body that is real, physical and interacts with other bodies. A body that can be pleasurable, messy, visceral and sometimes confusing, but it is still there all the same. 

So what does psychotherapy with me look like?

It can look like 'normal' therapy, where we sit in chairs and talk about the things that are bothering you. Or sometimes it can look quite a bit different. We might move about, sit on the floor, use touch, dance, play with teddies, use cushions to explore situations, be curious about what bodies are doing, draw, breathe and generally be creative in how to best find a way to explore your thoughts, feelings and emotions. And sometimes if we are lucky, this may bring clarity and understanding to where you are at the moment. Together we create a space that is safe for you to look in and experience yourself, then gather the strength to make the changes that you hope for. 

I pledge to be honest, reflective, open, curious, and unwavering in my approach, and if I get it wrong and can't do those things, I will let you know that too. My aim is to provide a space with clear boundaries so that we can both continue to show up and experience each other in new ways, and dare to be more intimate as humans. I am quite often described as fierce yet loving, but I am sure you will have your own experience of me. I am Australian born, so I bring with me to our sessions a good dose of bad humour, the odd swear word and sometimes blunt honesty.

I work both with short term and long term contracts, dependent on your need. I will work with people for lots of different reasons. I have experience in many areas, but some to note are people that have suffered from:

-depression

-anxiety

-trauma, PTSD and sexual abuse

-bullying

-people dealing with chronic pain or disease

-bereavement and loss

-dissociation tendencies

-eating disorders such as bulimia, anorexia and binge eating disorder

- recovery from addictions

-people wanting support with change 

-spiritual crises 


I am fully supervised and I am UKCP accreditated.  If you would like to work with me for therapy please contact me at allnaturalcotton@gmail.com for an initial consult so we can see what we would work like together. 




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