Mind or Body Problem?
It’s a tough time out there for many of my counselling clients. I know that this might come as no surprise as the fact that they are seeing me on a regular basis suggests that they are needing support for various difficulties or life transitions. However, some weeks I am blown away by the strength that people can find to deal with the difficulties that life sometimes presents. My counselling clients are wide ranging in their reasons for seeing me and I wanted to share with you some of the ways I work with them.
The Mind/Body Connection
I have clients with chronic ill health who have tried many modalities and are seeking to help their physical body via their emotional one. The link between your emotional well-being and physical well-being is well known. It seems that vibrant, boundless energy and well-being comes hand in hand with emotional well-being. But there is also a crucial element to this as well: we all need a certain level of emotional resilience to the usual ups and downs of everyday life that buffers an individual from experiencing chronic, physical symptoms that resist treatment. One of the first things I investigate with any client coming for an introductory appointment is the relationship they have to their physical health issue.
- How do they currently feel about it?
- What was their emotional state before it began or at the onset?
- Any significant life events in the preceding 6-12 months before it began?
Often with chronic ill health there is a significant psychological component. By this I mean that there are also symptoms on the emotional psychological level as well as the physical one. Even if this purely means that after suffering with a physical complaint for months or years they are now frustrated, or embarrassed, or sad about it. Usually, however, when treatment gets underway, there are often incidents, attitudes, losses, conflicts and other difficulties that are often a much bigger sponsor of the health issue than the client was originally aware of.
So how do we work with that?
My approach is to partner with the client. I bring my experience and understanding to facilitate greater self-awareness. As I work with a process oriented approach we often work in a many different ways. For example I treated a 12 year old girl recently for anxiety causing sleeplessness. Her experience of bullying at school was in some ways a reflection of her stance in life; that is, she needed to be aware that she had the opportunity of feeling more power and presence (and therefore confidence) in herself. Our sessions involved Homeopathic prescribing from me, talking, understanding and new ideas, but they also contained some physical pushing (a great way to get kids ‘feel their power’) and looking at the situation from a perspective of someone else who was less afraid and more confident. “What would they do in your position?” is an effective question to ask someone who does not yet identify with an aspect of themselves.
I aim to create an opportunity for increased self-awareness in my clients so that they are more able to see their triggers and difficulties as they arise; and therefore are more aware of their options in that moment. Greater awareness leads to increased opportunity for choice which in turn creates empowerment. Who doesn’t want to experience an increased sense of empowerment?
What do I treat?
As well as chronic physical health issues I also treat issues that are seen as non-physical. I have several ongoing clients who suffer from severe and long term anxiety and are trying a new approach by working with me. Or those that are trying to reduce psychoactive medications and want to be supported homeopathically and psychologically while that happens. I successfully treat those who suffer from panic attacks and those that think they will always feel depressed (they usually do notJ).
Who do I treat?
Anyone. I work with children and teens as they negotiate the social and emotional issues that can arise through schooling. I work with couples or individuals in conflict, or during life transitions. I work with those whose health has been their biggest challenge, and I work with anyone who is in the business of getting unstuck.
I love my work and find it highly rewarding. I offer single sessions or packages of 3 or 6 sessions to make it as affordable as possible for anyone needing this kind of support from me. I work in person and on Skype. To find out more check out my counselling information.
Wishing you an empowered moment right now.