I approach each person as an individual:- Body, Mind and Spirit.
Many clients are keen to address physical and mental/emotional factors and Osteopathy and counselling skills work well together, especially where physical symptoms have a psychological component (and very many do).
For example, loss or separation, or bullying in childhood, may be expressed many years later in sleep disturbance, anxiety, depression, or relationship difficulties. Gentle release of the body tension patterns associated with life events
(or family, generational life events).
A trained Osteopath/Counsellor can use subtle touch, feeling the impact of life experiences and combine this with dialogue (using counselling techniques), can be very helpful in releasing trauma.
Although in Osteopathy, Nutrition, Counselling and Acupuncture there is an awareness of "dis-ease"patterns in diagnosis, therapy and treatment, our search is primarily for health and healing and not just illness.
I have a strong belief and faith in each "body/mind's" ability to self heal and see our role as co-facilitator with you on your healing path. Each person who comes to us is viewed as unique with their own individual and precious life story.
Together we can explore, learn from, grow through and integrate each story, become whole, "know" ourselves.
We all may ask "existential" questions such as:-
"Who am I ?" "Where do I come from ?" "Who is my family ?"
"Where do I belong?" "What does it mean/feel like to fit in?"
"Where am I going ?" "What is my purpose ?"
Be willing to ask without expecting an answer.
Often their is no immediate answer, but in asking with openness, compassion and a clear intention to discover, over time the answers may come.
Profound stillness of mind and body, expanding awareness, deep relaxation, trust, open-ness, asking for what I need,"landing in my body" and "living in the moment", may be part of the healing journey both in Counselling and Osteopathy, or Osteopathy with therapeutic or healing dialogue.
I believe in the wisdom of the body as a resource and guide, in Osteopathy, Counselling/Therapy and Healing.
As an Osteopath I continue to learn to "read" a person's story through their body, visually and through touch (physical and mental/emotional events) and as a counsellor through their mind and emotional expression.
Listening skills (Attention/Awareness) and Compassion/Empathy are an important component in Osteopathy and Counselling.