Recent discoveries in the areas of affective neuroscience, attachment theory, infant observation and body sensitive approaches to therapy have revolutionised our understanding of trauma and it´s treatment.
D Kalsched PhD
THE WAY I WORK
There are moments in life where we feel we need some extra support. I am here to support you. My aim is to create a safe space where you can explore yourself on a deeper level and any emotional, spiritual, psychological or physical issues you might be facing.
Therapy is a partnership and co-creation, whereby we venture out together to navigate your personal healing journey, with safety and trust being at the core of our relationship. The therapeutic process provides a space for you where you can feel connected, held and heard. It also focuses on self-awareness and self-connection and within this space of safety, presence and heightened connection and awareness, true healing moments can happen.
I am specialised in working with all areas of trauma, however, I have a particular interest in developmental and childhood trauma and the impact it can have on health, such as autoimmune conditions, chronic illness and syndromes.
I have a long history of education in the field of Psychology and Health and I bring my experience and knowledge into my work. Principally I work with Cognitive and Integrative based Psychotherapy, trauma therapy models, including body focussed methods called Somatic Psychotherapy. I consider the person as a whole and I believe that nothing that we experience both in body, mind and spirit is separate. For this reason i am trained in both "top down" and " bottom up" methods of Psychotherapy. See more here:
"Top Down" where we work with patterns of thoughts, beliefs, and self-identifications and explicit memories (memory that you can recall) as they move from the cortical and limbic brain down to the body’s sensory system, where emotions, sensations, and feelings can be experienced and processed. My primary model of top down processing and integration is Internal Family Systems and Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy.
• "Bottom-up", Sometimes we can talk about our problem but we do not feel different within ourself, or we may not have the narrative, or the trauma happened pre-verbally as an infant. "bottom up" processing is where we access implicit procedural memory through interoception, neuroception, images, posture and gesture as it moves from the body upward through the brainstem and limbic system to the cortex. Bottom up awareness is where the client becomes present with the experience of the body; It´s sensations, feelings, emotions and accessing it´s implicit (unconscious) recorded memory. My main models are Somatic Experiencing and Advanced Somatic Touch models and Internal Family Systems.
I like to educate my clients as part of the therapeutic process. I feel this helps to increase self-awareness and overall understanding of what it is you might be experiencing.
If you want to know more about me and how chronic illness led me to work in this area take a look here.
The key therapies that I work with are:
Somatic Experiencing (SE)
Internal Family Systems (IFS)
Somatic Touch (Kathy Kain)
Polyvagal Theory based approaches
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)