The way I work

I would say I came to my way of working more from my personal experience with illness than I did from my earlier training.  I started my university life by studying Psychology and after initially rejecting the idea of training in Clinical Psychology I went into the world of business.  However, my insatiable interest in health and spirituality and my experience of a chronic illness (which I talk about here) eventually pulled me towards a different and newer area of Psychology called Health Psychology an area which looks at health from a more biopsychosocial model.  It looks at our health issues not just as a form of pathology or disease caused by our genes, but at our whole environment as key factors that influence our health. I have a particular interest in an area of Health Psychology called Psychoneuroimmunology.  This looks at how our Psychological processes and thoughts have an impact on our nervous system and our immune system (and vice versa).

From here I started to train in the connection between the mind and body (mind body medicine) and train as an Integrative Psychotherapist.  This was a clinical training which did not promote a one size fits all approach.  I trained in various disciplines and I apply these where and when they may be appropriate for my client.   In more recent years I delved into buddhism and mindfulness and into the latest neuroscience. I came across therapies that were not based solely on talking but on the connection of the mind and body (through our nervous system).  These are called Somatic Psychotherapies, which I have given more details about here.  My therapeutic approach is to work with the whole person, from the body up (somatically) and from the  thinking mind down (talking based therapies). But I would go further and say that I work with the Mind, Body and Soul as they simply cannot be separated.  I list below some of the therapies I work with.

Image by Darius Bashar
The word 
"Somatic" derives its name from the Greek word Soma meaning "living body".

The key therapies that I work with are:

  • Relational and Integrative Psychotherapy

  • Somatic Experiencing (SE)

  • Internal Family Systems

  • Mindfulness 

  • Resilience Focussed Therapy Techniques

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • Non-Violent Communication

To become human, one must make room in oneself for the wonders of the universe. 

Indigenous South American Tribal saying

I have never left a session feeling devastated, empty or anxious as Denise always makes sure to close the session leaving you feeling like you have worked on the problem and resolved it