My Approach

I offer a safe, non-judgemental and supportive space where you can explore issues through talking and/or using a more imaginative, symbolic approach using creative mediums. We can also use mindfulness and breathing exercises.

No previous artistic and mindfulness experience is required.

My work draws on the psychoanalytic/psychodynamic, Jungian and arts therapy approaches as well as on contemporary theories in intersubjectivity and developmental psychology.

 

I further recognise that the mind and body are intertwined, and my work is also informed by somatic psychology, authentic movement as well as by the practice of meditation and mindfulness.

The body is the home of feeling and often a barometer for our emotional state. Movement is the language of the body. The balance and integration of sensorial, emotional and mental aspects can bring a sense of wholeness and healing.

 

The body as well as the artistic mediums are vehicles to access the inner world. They can also help you to discover and/or reconnect with your strengths and inner resources.

 

The arts, in all forms, are a direct link to unconscious material. The arts, as a therapeutic medium, uses metaphor to access personal issues and experiences. Metaphor is a bridge between the unconscious and conscious and creates a place where reality and imagination can meet in the present moment.

 

By engaging creatively and through metaphor you can experience a ‘distance’ to your emotional and psychological challenges, making them easier to tolerate and allowing them to be seen in a clearer way and thus understood.

Working with the arts can help to unravel issues and feelings of being stuck or blocked, while fostering creative ways of exploration and expression.

I work with symbols, images, dreams, the body, movement and words as an expression of the inner world and

the unconscious.

In the sessions, some people might prefer to stick to talking while others might choose to use the arts and/or the body alongside verbal expression and reflection. Each journey of exploration is unique.

I will work together with you to bring into awareness unconscious patterns, fostering insight and change and so that you can move toward psychological balance and harmony.

 

I believe that the relationship between the therapist and the client is the core of the therapeutic work and in which we

co-create a sense of meaning and where healing, growth and transformation can take place.

"The meeting of two personalities is like the contact between two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed."

Carl G. Jung

WORKING WITH CHILDREN 

Children choose metaphor and story as their natural language for feeling. In my sessions, creative arts, play and metaphor are therapeutic mediums in which the child can explore and express their feelings, thoughts and issues. Creative arts therapy can support the child in their psychological and emotional growth, fostering resilience and self-confidence.

AUTHENTIC MOVEMENT

Authentic Movement is a contemplative movement practice which has evolved within the field of dance movement therapy and been influenced by Jungian Psychology and mindfulness meditation practice. As in the discipline of mindfulness meditation, we seek to pay attention to our direct experience, moment by moment, witnessing the sensations, feelings, thoughts, images and movement impulses which arise into consciousness. The verbal expression bridges the non-verbal experience to consciousness.

 

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