People who experience anxiety often report an intense feeling of despair that feels like they need help right now, and yet also feel like nothing can help and nothing can be effective. However, I have seen that there are things that can and do support people in finding relief and peace, and can alleviate anxiety symptoms and create a richer fuller life. There is hope.
I am drawn to working with individuals dealing with anxiety, PTSD, and related symptoms. I have witnessed the debilitating impact anxiety can have upon a person’s life and I have also seen how therapy and other holistic interventions can support real change. My hope is to assist clients to broaden their resources and develop an everyday tool kit so they feel more empowered in their lives, and feel a reduction in symptoms.
I hold a therapeutic space that is warm, caring, and offers a soothing environment, where people can feel regulated and in turn learn to regulate their own nervous systems more effectively. This might be achieved through breath work, visualization, or mindfulness practices.
As a trained body-worker since the early 2000s I chose to do my MA in Somatic Psychotherapy. Throughout my career I have witnessed the powerful impact these types of modalities can have upon the nervous system. I value the importance of using the senses to calm the nervous system through mediums such as: aromatherapy, tapping, visualization, and mindfulness.
During a session I might offer homework if that is what a client wants. In the past clients struggling with anxiety have come up with their own mantras, or learned a grounding technique or boundary meditation, others opt to work through a workbook or specific exercises to assist them. Other people want to work on the emotional origins of their anxiety by looking at their relationships, family dynamics, or exploring issues around commitment, intimacy, anger, and addiction for example.
I recognize the complexity of anxiety and its many roots, one of which can often be in complex trauma.
I often witness the link between anxiety and other comorbidities such as depression, substance misuse and eating disorders.
I offer a grounded presence, and recognize that overcoming the challenges of anxiety is a very individual journey, one which I hope to take with you
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