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Each of us is fundamentally sane but confused habits of thinking, feeling and behaving make it difficult, at times, to access our sanity. This is the basic view of Buddhism and the view I hold in working with clients. Often our confusion arises out of “mistakes in time” when we unknowingly misperceive the present situation to be like the past. We respond as if now is like then. My practice and study Buddhism since 1991 informs the process of my work. For example, I weave the meditation techniques of mindfulness and awareness into sessions through encouraging clients to use their present moment awareness as our guide.
The client’s present concerns and goals is our focus in therapy rather than delving into the past, though at times understanding the origins of habits and how they may have interrupted developmental tasks can prove to be helpful.
My experience has taught me to trust in clients’ innate ability to understand and heal themselves. Part of the therapeutic work is helping clients access their own intelligence which is often blocked by lack of confidence and support. Another aspect of the work is to build awareness of their external and internal resources.
My style is very practical. In helping clients create the desired change, I use techniques from different traditions—developmental psychology, Buddhism, neurofeedback, somatic psychology, and cognitive/behavioural psychology.
I also employ awareness of the body as a therapeutic resource. From many different traditions–yoga, trauma research/treatment, Gestalt therapy–we understand that the body holds information about our habits, previous traumas, and is key to accessing our intelligence.
Group process helps members identify how they feel in the present moment both internally and towards other members of the group. They learn how to be constructive in expressing emotions which then facilitates understanding and intimacy. Group also helps members identify unhealthy styles of communication and to practice new techniques in a safe and supportive environment. Groups are on-going and meet weekly.
If interested, please contact Natalie at firstname.lastname@example.org