Known conventionally as psychotherapy, I like to refer to my practice as psyche-therapy as a way to de-pathologise our need to manage mental health.
Psyche is an ancient Greek word translated as mind, soul, spirit, prana, chi or consciousness. Psyche is what animates us and breathes life into us and helps us make sense of the surrounding world. Conversely, the psyche is also what can trouble and disturb us.
Psyche-therapy, then is a therapy that soothes the distress of the mind, body, senses and consciousness and equips an individual to skilfully navigate their internal landscape and external world of social relationships and professional responsibilities. By confronting one’s inner malaises, intruding memories, disturbing emotions and traumas, one moves beyond a state of being plagued to that of harmony. Working with the psyche is an alchemical process where one transforms the dark lead of one’s pain to the wisdom of illuminated awareness symbolised by the philosopher’s stone.
The psyche-therapeutic process
My practise blends eastern wisdom traditions, such as Yoga, Āyurveda and Jyotiṣa with my repertoire of western psychotherapeutic approaches such as Hakomi, Somatic Experiencing, Integral Somatic Psychology, Existential Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.
I believe that without the balance of the bhūtas of the body-mind, an individual cannot reach their optimum well-being. Psyche- therapy integrates personalised nutrition, lifestyle, movement and contemplative practices in therapy for the individual to catalyse a holistic healing process.
Psyche-therapy will be beneficial for anyone wishing to liberate themselves from:
- Emotional, physical or mental stress
- Anxiety and panic disorders
- Mood disorders
- Self-esteem issues
- Anger management
- Eating disorders
- Grief from the loss of a loved one
- Feelings of loss, loneliness and/or alienation
- Depression or lack of interest in life/every day activities
- Relationship problems with a spouse, boss or anyone significant in your life
- Addictions and chemical dependencies
- Search for a deeper, existential meaning in your life
- Recovering from surgery or severe illness
- Coping with life transitions such as divorce, empty nest syndrome, a move or retirement
The psyche- therapeutic process is unique for each person. Sessions curate real change in observable and measurable ways as healing unfolds in the unconscious slowly and incrementally.
The initial consultation
The initial consultation is an intake and re-collection process where the client presents their existential situation and articulates where they need therapeutic support. Following which, we will co- create a therapeutic aim around which to structure a psyche-therapeutic process.
Subsequent consultations build on the practices, insights, points of difficulty and illuminations that are garnered from the lived experience of the client as they journey to their optimum self and life situation.
Psyche-therapy sessions entail:
- Distress Tolerance
- Behavioural Interventions
- Stress Management
- Somatic Experiencing
- Emotional Self-Regulation
- Dream Work
- Guided Imagery
- Cognitive Reframes
- Nutritional Advise
Cancellation Policy: I request all clients to give me 24 hours’ notice in the event of a cancellation.
Otherwise, clients will be required to compensate session time by paying for the full session.