Body Centred Psycho Therapy in the UK Shelley Treacher: Psychotherapist Expert in the UK
 

 


UK body centred psychotherapy by psychotherapist Shelley Treacher

“The body-unconscious is where life bubbles up in us.
It is how we know that we are alive..."
-D.H. Lawrence

Body Centred Psychotherapy relieves anxiety, stress or tension

A body centred approach provides is a very effective psychotherapeutiic approach to depression or anxiety.

Having studied therapies for decades, the most effective way I have found for relieving physical tension with emotional distress, is body centred psychotherapy.

This is psychotherapy that includes the body, as well as that which other counselling approaches focus on (the patterns of the mind, emotions and behaviour), and works to relieve emotional distress through the body's experience.


  • anxiety,
  • stress,
  • anger,
  • sadness,
  • depression,
  • fear,
  • illness,
  • physical pain,
  • immobilisation,
  • dissociation,
  • panic attacks,
  • inability to focus,
  • illness and disease

All of these begin in the body.  If not paid attention to these experiences can be overwhelming or start to 'leak' into all areas of a person's life, resulting in:


  • relationship issues,
  • family issues,
  • work problems,
  • sexual issues,
  • isolation and loneliness,
  • affairs, betrayal,
  • low self esteem,
  • unhealthy behaviour patterns,
  • addiction,
  • illness,
  • 'acting out' of anger, fear etc.
  • money worries, & so on...

Body centred psychotherapy explores the relationship inside you between your various levels of experience (cognitive, emotional, physical and energetic.) This enables you to know your own strengths, resources, boundaries, limits and desires. Which, in turn, will help you to move forward with choice and confidence.

Research supports the notion that the mind resides throughout the body and that every cell stores information, and communicates with other cells (see the European website for Body Psychotherapy : www.eabp.org)

Body oriented psychotherapy is based on the theory that the mind and body function as one.

 

How a body oriented session might look

One of the ways in which I use somatic therapy evolves from something called 'Sensory Awareness'.

What this means is that I direct people's attention to their inner experiences via their sensations.

The point of this is to bring you into connection with your real experience, of which sensations are an integral part. From this comes the strength of really knowing who you are, what you want, what's troubling you, and what your strengths are.

I might draw your attention to the strongest of these sensations and explore it.

This detailed focus naturally leads to an energetic shift. You move on.

The body reveals its strength and ability to cope, which I look for and draw your attention to, and expand on.

What we are doing is tapping into your body's ability to heal itself.


“ I feel enlightened by the discovery that my inner sense can be my guide”
- Annabel, 23rd/final session

“This Therapy has cut through the crap for me. Something happens in every session. What I’ve got from it is a sense of myself”
- Angie, 12th/final session.


Try It For Yourself!


Notice now, for example, whether your senses are telling you something about this article.

Notice the computer screen, the letters, the words.

Feel your feet on the floor and your back being supported by the chair.

Take time to notice any affect this has on you.

Be aware of the words you have been reading and the ideas that you have read about.

Gently invite yourself to take a moment to look inside.

Are you experiencing any sensations?

If you stay with a sensation for a moment, what is it telling you about this work or yourself?

You may wish to close your eyes for a few moments.

There may be more for you to explore here.

Pay attention to whether your body wants to proceed with me.

Not everybody has access to these sensations and feelings straight away. Don't worry if this is you, or if you feel panic or freeze. We can work gently with this too.


A brief word about touch

People often naturally assume that body oriented therapy involves touching the client.
This is not necessarily true. As with other psychotherapeutic approaches, the use of touch is very sensitively handled, and will only be used in the most ethical of circumstances, with trust and assured permission. Although touch, as well as noise and movement, may also be important in the healing process. Many of us have been severely deprived of loving touch. But it will only be used very carefully here. Despite being a trained massage therapist, your psychotherapy sessions with me are extremely unlikely to involve massage or physical manipulation.

Helping you to live life more vibrantly.

Contact me to discuss how I may be able to help you with body centred psychotherapy.


Counselling & body centred psychotherapy practice based in Upper Knowle/ Totterdown, near to the Wells Road/ A37, and close to Templemeads Station. BS4 2DS.

Also in Clifton Down, close to the Clifton Down shopping centre, on Whiteladies Road. BS8 2HL.

E: shelley_treacher@hotmail.com
T: 0117 9830484 or
M: 07702 188676

For professional counselling services or psychotherapy in Bristol call, email or text: Shelley 0117 9830484 or 07702 188676. Or use the contact form at the end of this website.