Person-centred therapy - also known as person-centred counselling or client-centred counselling - is a humanistic approach that deals with the ways in which individuals perceive themselves consciously rather than how a counsellor can interpret their unconscious thoughts or ideas.
The counsellor or psychotherapist in this approach works to understand an individual's experience from their point of view. The counsellor must positively value the client as a person in all aspects of their humanity while aiming to be open and genuine. This is vital to help an individual feel accepted and better understand their own feelings - essentially helping them to reconnect with their inner values and sense of self-worth. This reconnection with their inner resources enables them to find their own way to move forward.
Generally, person-centred counselling can help individuals of all ages with a range of personal issues.
The approach has been found particularly useful in helping individuals to overcome specific problems such as depression, anxiety, personality disorders, eating disorders and alcohol addictions. These issues can have a significant impact on self-esteem, self-reliance and self-awareness, but person-centred therapy can help individuals to reconnect with their inner self in order to transcend any limitations. (Counselling Directory, UK)
Dance and Movement Psychotherapy (DMP)
Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) recognises body movement as an implicit and expressive instrument of communication and expression. DMP is a relational process in which client/s and therapist engage in an empathic creative process using body movement and dance to assist integration of emotional, cognitive, physical, social and spiritual aspects of self. DMP is practiced as individual and group therapy in settings such as health, education, social services and in private practice. The profession is continually informed by research and by initiatives and projects that open up and extend the field of DMP practice. (Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy, UK )
Body psychotherapy, a branch of therapy that focuses on the interactions between the body and the mind, is founded on the principle of the body and mind working in a functional unity. Drawing from several branches of science and psychology, this approach to treatment is a versatile therapy that can be utilized in both individual and group therapy approaches.
Body psychotherapy incorporates touch, breathing, and movement techniques to address a wide range of mental and physical health concerns that may lead people to seek therapy. (European Association for Body Psychotherapy)
Meditation is the practice of turning your attention to a single point of reference. It can involve focusing on the breath, on bodily sensations, or on a word or phrase known as a mantra. In other words, meditation means turning your attention away from distracting thoughts and focusing on the present moment. (Psychology Today)
Crystal singing bowls and healing sounds
As a part of my practice, in counseling sessions, in group work as well as workshops I incorporate healing sounds.
The benefits of using crystal singing bowls have been acknowledged and proven by research and science, as well as by many body-mind practitioners.
The powerful healing properties of sounds can significantly improve well-being.
Here are some benefits derived from the research: less tension and anxiety, decreased fatigue, depressed mood and anger, stress reduction, increased self-awareness and promoting introspection, relaxation, lowering heart rate and blood pressure, relaxes muscles, (Goldsby et al, 2017).
Crystal singing bowls are not only healing but also beautiful and pleasure to listen. Their gentle tones make the body and mind feel blissful and simply good.
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Creative Techniques (accessing the unconscious mind)
Sand therapy and sand tray