The psychological processes – exploration of the origins of one’s wounding, and the beginning of one’s healing – fascinate and intrigue me because these are deeply creative processes that unfold in the psyche; these processes cannot be solved rationally. Professionally, I tend to combine an understanding of early life attachments and neurobiological processes (in the mind and body) along with transpersonal psychotherapy.
An early life attachment and neurobiological approach to psychotherapy holds the view that who we are as adults is shaped by the quality of our significant relationships – with parents and care-givers. Who we are as adults is also shaped by how we began to experience and find our place in groups such as family, school and society. Our early experiences become imprinted in the neurological and bio-chemical pathways in our brain and body. But the psyche, that is consciousness and the unconscious, has the ability to transform, to heal and to grow into who we were truly meant to be.
Transpersonal psychotherapy is about discovering and connecting to a deeper level of the psyche from where nurture, care, comfort, curiosity, kindness, healing and growth can emerge. It is also the transpersonal dimension of the psyche that produces images in the unconscious – which plays a part in the process of exploration of one’s life and of the process of healing and integration. This approach to psychotherapy also facilitates the re-creation of the mind and body unity.
Lastly, from time to time I teach my clients how to self-regulate their difficult emotional states. Whilst the process of psychotherapy can unfold over weeks and months, being able to downregulate one’s distress using breathing techniques, the arts and other tools can be deeply beneficial for a person in improving the quality of their life. My approach to emotional self-regulation is informed by the academic developments in this field.