The way I work

I came to my way of working more from my personal experience with illness than I did from my earlier training.  By coincidence (or not)  I had started my university life by studying Psychology, which at that time focussed on seeing the brain and the mind as separate from the body.  But through my own life journey with illness (which I talk more about here), I decided to investigate and train in a different and newer area 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 had 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.

From here I started to train in the connection between the mind, body and spirit as well as 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 the latest neuroscience and came across therapies that worked not just in the mind but in the body too (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 brain and mind down (talking based therapies). Simply put I work with the Mind, Body and Spirit.  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:

  • Somatic Experiencing

  • Internal Family Systems

  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

  • Polyvagal Theory based techniques

  • Sensorimotor techniques

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • Non-Violent Communication

  • Brief Therapy

  • Exposure Response Prevention 

My therapeutic approach is to work with the whole person... Mind, Body and Spirit.

If you want to know more about somatic focussed therapies click here and my blog also talks more about my field of interest.

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