Body Psychotherapy and Biodynamic Massage in Central London
Body psychotherapy is a verbal and non-verbal approach which introduces bodywork into the therapeutic encounter on the understanding that mind and body cannot be separated. Through talking, touch, massage, movement and expression, body psychotherapy seeks to clear the mental and physical blocks preventing a person from being who they really are.
Note on Covid-19: Currently, due to the present crisis, I am conducting all sessions by Zoom or phone. What has emerged from 2020 is that human connection and transformation is still possible even when the therapeutic encounter is no longer 'in-person'. It seems that where there is meaningful relationship, the power of therapy is able to transcend the limitations of a meeting space that depends on technology. It has also become apparent that working therapeutically with the body in the remote setting is as open to possibilities for healing as in an actual physical session. But it is equally important to not forget the richness of therapy that is carried out inside the therapy room, the living and breathing interactions between people who are there together. To that end, I plan to gradually return my practice to in-person work as soon as it is safe to do so in 2021.
What has happened to you has happened to your body too. Often your body will hold past conflicts until a time when you feel ready to process them. Sometimes 'just talking' doesn't produce the depth of transformation needed for healing. At this point body psychotherapy will look for the truth that is held in the body to guide a person to their inner knowing. Your body is wiser than you think and the path to feeling more whole, alive and happy lies within!
Biodynamic massage is a method used alone or within body psychotherapy that explores where and how our psychological issues are being held in the body, releasing places of tension and waking up areas that feel lifeless. Within the therapeutic relationship, the biodynamic massage therapist tries to sense how their touch is being received by the client and where there may be anxiety or numbness in addition to safety and connection.
As humans we have a biological need for warm and supportive relationships. Many of us, growing up, were not cared for in a way that made us feel free and validated in our bodies and minds. As a body psychotherapist, I work from a place of deep acceptance and positive regard that offers a reparative model of relationship allowing the client to begin to trust themselves and their own wisdom.
My practice is located in Marylebone central London W1, just off Oxford Street and a few minutes walk from Bond Street Underground Station. Call me on 07914 043041 or click here to email and let me know how I can help with:
- feelings of depression, anxiety, low self-esteem or emptiness
- a traumatic event or developmental trauma throughout childhood
- physical symptoms that may also be psychological
- feeling disembodied or stuck in one's head
Trauma experts increasingly agree that the body provides the key to healing. This is because trauma can become locked in the body if there has been inadequate processing and support. Body psychotherapy helps trauma sufferers release distressing experiences, reclaiming safety, harmony and inner identity lost to overwhelming circumstances. Click here to read more, and see below the opinions of two leading pioneers in the study of trauma.
"..in order to change, people need to have physical experiences that directly contradict or replace past feelings of helplessness, frustration, and terror" - Bessel van der Kolk, author of The Body Keeps the Score
"..trauma is not, will not, and can never be fully healed until we also address the essential role played by the body" - Peter Levine, author of Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma
Attachment theory underlies nearly all forms of therapy, but is particularly relevant for body psychotherapy. The type of emotional support we received from our primary caregivers determines not only the way we attached as children, but our ability to form healthy co-regulating adult relationships. Adverse parenting can be reversed by the secure attachment occurring in therapy - and body psychotherapy goes deeper still by introducing powerful non-verbal interactions that mirror attuned parental care. Click here to read more.
Self-regulation is really co-regulation. As inherently social beings, we derive inner stability from early and ongoing successful co-regulation with significant others. For those who have struggled alone, biodynamic psychotherapy is an opportunity to feel validated - physically and emotionally - in a trusting and nurturing psychotherapeutic relationship. Neurologically and physiologically, we thrive in connection, as humans are relational building resources and resilience from supportive interaction.
The history of body psychotherapy is intrinsically connected with the birth of psychotherapy itself, when Wilhelm Reich, a close associate of Freud, explored psychological issues that manifested physically in his patients, addressing these directly through touch. Reich's ideas went on to influence the many branches of body psychotherapy that then emerged as humanistic psychology replaced Freudian psychoanalysis. Click here to read more.
Combining a background in counselling with training in body psychotherapy and biodynamic massage, I offer therapy that is both talking and body-based. I'm located in Marylebone central West London W1, by Mayfair, Oxford Street and Bond Street tube. For psychotherapy that includes therapeutic bodywork, call me on 07914 043041 or click here to email. To read more about my training, qualifications and therapeutic approach click here.
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Biodynamic Body Psychotherapy: talking therapy, trauma healing, massage and bodywork. By Oxford Street and Bond Street Underground Station in London W1.