Reichian Psychotherapy, Humanistic Counselling and Shamanism in Putney, London

Psychotherapy, Counselling

Bioenergetic and Somatic Therapies

Reichian Body Psychotherapy, also referred to as Orgonomic Psychotherapy, acknowledges the interconnection of the mind, body and psyche promoting an essential and effective path to dynamic health and autonomy, through the therapeutic relationship.  It is perhaps unique in using the energetic contact between the therapist and the client as well as the somatic resonance between the body and mind of both people involved. Thus the therapeutic relationship is an essential element of positive transformation.  Deirdre's approach to Reichian psychotherapy and Humanistic counselling invites you to explore your capacity to build and sustain genuine relationships, maintain boundaries, deepen self-awareness and to navigate with confidence, the process of your life. Unlike traditional ‘talk therapy’ or ‘cognitive therapy’ Reichian Body Psychotherapy tends to be much more holistic, experiential and existential.  

 

It may be centuries since warriors last wore armour, but our bodies can be equally imprisoned behind an invisible shield, formed in response to emotional wounding.  Reichian psychotherapy works on both the mind and the body  to dissolve muscle armour and character defences, reducing stress and anxiety.  It uses touch, breath, movement and talk to dissolve these barriers releasing the body's internal energy; orgone energy. This kind of psychosomatic therapy returns muscles and bones to their proper alignment and releases pent up emotions.  By honing self awareness it puts you in touch with how you really feel, empowering you to live the life you want.

Health Touch is here to support you in your life - you don't have to do it alone!

What Makes a Great Therapist​

Presence, the ability to remain centred and resonate in a primitive way with your clients. The ability to connect with their inner world, nervous system to nervous system. Let difficult feelings and sensations move through you, showing your client how to feel their feelings, and then let them go.

Do your own work so you can resonate emotionally. The treatment modality is only 15% of the therapy. 85% is the relationship you develop together.​

Peter Levine PhD -  Clinical Psychologist

Body Psychotherapy    Top 

 

The basic principles of Body Psychotherapy or Somatic Therapy (relating to the body)  recognise your own self-healing capacity. It is a holistic, humanistic and relational approach. It is especially useful if you need help when your life situation becomes too difficult or if you want to deepen your self-understanding and expand your vital capacities. Methods used may include listening, talking, interpretation, bodywork, visualisation, Gestalt and Reichian therapy, bodywork, breathing and movement. You will never be asked to do anything you do not want to do. This work is integrative and could use several of these approaches. Regular weekly sessions are recommended.

The Key to healing is the individual's

active, free and informed choice.

Gabor Mate M.D.

 

Reichian Therapy - Orgonomic Psychotherapy   Top

 

Developed by the Austrian psychiatrist Wilhelm Reich MD.  Reichian psychotherapy; also referred to as Orgonomic Psychotherapy or Orgonomy, is the forerunner of many of today's body oriented therapies. The word Orgone was coined by Reich and refers to the Organic life force energy found in all of nature – in Eastern Philosophy known as Qi, Ki or Prana.  Reichian Psychotherapy aims to relieve learned patterns of negative behaviour and chronic muscular tension using metacognition, bodywork, eye focusing techniques, breathwork, sound and movement.  In this way natural Orgone energy is liberated.  

 

Reichian Psychotherapy recognises the interwoven nature of mind and body. It can create profound character transformation and somatic wellbeing, reducing both physical and psychological symptoms. With Reichian Psychotherapy you become the instrument of positive change in your life, finding new levels of emotional health, revitalised life energy, autonomy and authenticity in your relationships.

 

As we grow and struggle with adversity, we can develop repetitive coping strategies to avoid difficult feelings and impossible situations. These strategies may once have allowed us to survive but now as adults hinders our development and enjoyment of life. These behaviours can alienate others, keep us from our true feelings, needs and desires by inhibiting our ability to actualise who we really are. Our creativity and success, in an increasingly urban world, are minimised and problems with depression, anxiety, phobias, insomnia, emptiness, loneliness, eating disorders or addiction can rule our existence. These patterns have their roots in chronic character styles and muscle armouring which have developed throughout our lifetime, often through traumatic incidents. As these behaviour patterns are confronted, the character defences are dislodged and the muscle armor is melted away. The traumatic response will be soothed, so that we no longer define ourself from the past but live with awareness in the present, having discovered our true, natural life affirming and spiritual nature; to live in a state of grace.

To be totally alive with one's senses, fully perceptive, emotionally unrestricted,

to have a mind fee to explore and make new connections

and a strong, agile body is to live in a state of grace.”

Morton Herskowitz - Orgonomist

Post Traumatic Stress Therapy    Top

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) occurs when a person has either witnessed or experienced an actual or perceived threat to their personal safety; such as serious injury, combat stress, death, surgery, sexual abuse, emotional or physical attack, domestic violence, road accident or similar events.  PTSD has a ripple effect often implicating others, far beyond the person who has suffered the trauma.  An easy way to differentiate stress from trauma is that any event is considered traumatic when the symptoms of arousal do not settle down, even after the incident has passed.

 

PTSD has a complex symptomatology.  The tentacles of trauma reach into all areas of people’s lives filling them with shame and a belief that they are broken or damaged.  People who have been traumatised hold an implicit memory of traumatic events in their brains and bodies which can cause symptoms such as nightmares, flashbacks, startle responses, emotional numbness, detachment, anxiety, hyper-vigilance, sleep disturbances, fear and feeling dissociated from life. Central to the experience of trauma are the feelings of shame, anxiety, helplessness, isolation and the loss of power and control.  The nervous system and the reptilian brain will react to an actual threat or a perceived threat in the same way.   Stress and trauma occur in the body, not in the event, as they are the body’s reactions to past unresolved “threatening experiences.” It is our survival instinct, the fight, flight or freeze response, that attempts to keep us safe. Although there may be psychological implications, trauma is inherently a physiological condition; a physical feedback loop that can get stuck in the past. Consequently employing specific trauma recovery techniques and developing awareness of body sensations and reactions, can safely and gradually allow the autonomic nervous system to unwind, discharge, reorganise and return to resilient homeostasis and equipoise.

 

Shame is one of the most painful of emotions.

You will explore how to quieten the inner critic, stop the blame game and self-shaming.  It begins with learning how to recognise shame so that you can work through it and move on, feeling more whole and empowered with a greater sense of your true self. Post traumatic stress therapy can help you reclaim your life and your sanity.  Imagine feeling safe, joyful and excited about your future for the first time in ages. You will learn how to reconnect with feeling grounded, cantered, embodied and empowered. Be in charge and in control of your own life.  Live life the way you always wanted to.  Make good choices accepting responsibility for your actions.  Create a realistic and meaningful life with curiosity and vitality.

 

People affected by trauma tend to feel unsafe in their bodies and untrusting in their relationships with others - so our first job is to create a reasonable and achievable sense of safety and stabilisation. Only then will we move towards processing the trauma, putting words and emotions to it and making meaning of it. Pacing and timing are crucial, you will learn to 'apply the brakes' when things become overwhelming, to honour and respect how you actually are in each moment and to re-establish flexible, safe boundaries. This is a complex journey so it is important to be kind, patient and compassionate with yourself as you heal.  

 

Above all believe yourself !

 

Post Traumatic Stress recovery and healing are achieved when you have re-established the ability to live in the present without being overwhelmed by the thoughts and feelings of the past and can define yourself in the context of a meaningful life and authentic relationships. Post Traumatic Stress therapy can take from a few sessions to several years.

 
 
 
 

Loss, Death and Grief Counselling    Top

 

Everyone’s grief is unique you can allow it to ruin you or to mature you.  It is like a roller coaster; there are ups and downs with moments of pain, relief, anger, depression, gratitude, numbness and acceptance.  Grieving is a landscape so varied and so vast that it can only be discovered through your own most intimate experience.

There are no quick fixes but there are things you can do to help make coping easier.

  • Don’t rush yourself; take as long as it takes

  • Stay connected with trusted friends and family

  • Take care of you; be gentle and kind to yourself

  • Do what you enjoy; it is OK to enjoy yourself - vital in fact

  • Reach out for support and help; you don't have to navigate this alone

 

​You have choices, hopefully conscious choices in the way you relate to your loss, a death or grief.   Which do you choose?

  • To remain stuck in your grief and pain; never able to move beyond your loss

  • To heal just enough to get back to some kind of normality

  • To courageously transmute your pain and slowly and gently engage with your life from exactly where you are

When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find

it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that

in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.

Kahlil Gibran

Craniosacral Therapy    Top

Craniosacral therapy uses an extremely gentle quality of touch to calm the nervous system and assist the body in its healing process. Craniosacral therapy is deeply relaxing, it calms the nervous system and aims at treating the whole person; it can therefore help with almost any condition from the physical to the emotional. Craniosacral therapy is also very effective in promoting general improvements in health and energy. It balances, integrates and re-integrates the whole person on many levels following illness, accident or injury.  It is often combined with Violet Fire.

Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT)    Top

Animal assisted therapy (AAT) began as early as 1800 with Florence Nightingale and continued on through Freud in the 30's, Levinson in the 60's and more recently the USA military to support soldiers suffering from PTSD. It is an ever evolving field which has grown in popularity, becoming more widely recognized and respected as our understanding increases.

 

My animals are often part of the therapy session, they naturally tune into and react to human emotion. Animals are always in the moment and emotionally present, endlessly forgiving and trusting, offering their grounded, calm presence when needed. Therapy animals are effective in improving symptoms of psychological distress, including autism spectrum disorders, depression, loneliness, anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In one study using dogs in the therapeutic process, scientists noted an 82% reduction in symptoms. One particular case noted that interacting with a dog on a regular basis helped decrease anxiety and sleep medications by half. Research published in the journal Science revealed spikes of oxytocin are triggered by the soothing interaction with animals; oxytocin is the hormone most closely attributed to the feelings of love and trust.

 

Animals mirror our behaviour and can assist with:

  • instant and accurate feedback

  • developing social skills

  • connecting to a living being without the risk of rejection or criticism

  • helping you feel safer in a session

  • building trust and security after trauma and shock

  • providing a non-judgmental and forgiving presence

  • offering humans emotional solace and physiological soothing

Animal Assisted Therapy offers healing, support, and comfort to those who are physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually hurting. The healing occurs in the form of present-moment experiences that are non-judgmental, enabling you to feel and express your thoughts and emotions in a new way.

 

Counselling    Top

Counselling is usually short term and specific. It offers a safe, collaborative and confidential space to explore your feelings and define your goals.  Being listened to with warmth, empathy, acceptance and respect each week will help you come to terms with current challenges and specific problems.

​Counselling provides an opportunity for expressing difficult feelings such as shame, anger, resentment, guilt or fear. You will develop skills, such as learning to make good choices, hold dynamic boundaries and to create a realistic plan for improving your life and your relationships. Effective counselling is a way of investing in yourself by developing the skills and resources that enable you to find happiness and genuine satisfaction in your life.

Shamanic Counselling    Top

Shamanic Counselling, operates at the interface of shamanism and psychotherapy; blending the ancient and the modern, integrating spirit and psyche.  Shamanism acknowledges a perception of the world that recognises no separation between mind and matter;  Psychotherapy offers a road map to the unconscious; together they provide a highly effective system of personal problem solving and spiritual guidance. During our time together you will learn some basic shamanic skills enabling you to discover your own abilities to tap into profound wisdom by direct experience.  It is a path of the heart which will help you to connect more deeply and fully with yourself, other people and the natural world around you.  Commonly these experiences lead to a sense of personal empowerment and rejuvenation.

 

In essence it is a symbiosis of the pragmatic and ineffable, the cerebral and intuitive; psychotherapy and shamanism.  For a good understanding of the techniques and tangible results Shamanic Counselling works best with regular weekly sessions whether you are looking for support with the challenges of life or wish to deepen your personal awareness and celebrate life. 

 

Spiritual Counselling     Top 

Soul Centred Therapy - Exploring the Transpersonal Self

Effective Spiritual Counselling addresses the body, mind and soul.  It is a full spectrum therapy blending the sacred and the scientific.  Psycho-Spiritual Counselling is mindfulness-based, it combines elements of both traditional psychotherapy and spiritual practices from Eastern and Western philosophies. Soul Centred Therapy acknowledges the value of non-ordinary states of consciousness in the therapeutic process.  It has an expanded view of life, recognising that the world is a complex mystery and you are a spiritual presence moving towards transcendence. Incorporating practices into your life that create higher vibrational states can offer you a great sense of joy and profound peace.  Spiritual Counselling supports your search for the Divine.

 

The therapeutic aim of Spiritual Counselling is to move beyond self-limiting beliefs and opens up new dimensions into the transpersonal self.  During the late 50's and early 60's Aldous Huxley, Stanislav Grof, Alan Watts, Ram Das and Timothy Leary all explored altered states of consciousness and transcendence. These transpersonal pioneers broke open the egg, on a unitive way of thinking about the relationship between spirituality and psychotherapy, legitimizing the existence of human experience that is beyond the physical.  Spiritual Counselling focuses on spirituality, faith and the ineffable as they affect moral motivation, behaviour, self-identity, states of higher consciousness and the concerns of the human soul.

Trying to define yourself

is like trying to bite your own teeth

Alan Watts

 

I.S.I.S Stroboscopic Goggles     Top

 

These goggles were invented by Jack Schwarz in 1968 .  They photo-drive and synchronize both hemispheres of the brain and can be adjusted to stimulate predominantly beta, alpha, theta or delta brainwave states.  They induce a pleasant state of relaxation and are  especially helpful to overcome stress, stimulate creativity or deepen meditation.

 

Beta: Analytic thinking
Alpha: The subconscious mind which regulates body functions
Theta: The transpersonal, intuitive and creative states
Delta: Deep relaxation and total harmony

 
 

The Five Freedoms

The freedom to see and hear what is here instead of what should be, was, or will be.

The freedom to say what one feels and thinks, instead of what one should.

The freedom to feel what one feels instead of what one ought.

The freedom to ask for what one wants, instead of always waiting for permission.

The freedom to take risks in one's own behalf, instead of choosing to be only 'secure' and not rocking the boat.   

                                                                   

Virginia Satir

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Psychotherapy, Counselling, Bioenergetic and Somatic Therapies

Reichian Therapy,  Psychotherapy and Counselling

Putney, London SW15

Body Psychotherapy and Shamanism 

Therapies for Mind, Body and Spirit

Putney,  South West London

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