Body Psychotherapy in St. Ives
Body psychotherapy can help with trauma, anxiety, depression and panic, the effects of abuse and neglect, loss and bereavement, eating problems, self-harm, shock, a sense that things are falling apart, or a feeling that you don’t fit in, are living life on the surface, or are in other ways not being authentic to yourself.
Body psychotherapy attends to your essential aliveness, and to the things that stop you from experiencing this aliveness. Sometimes we all have to turn away from our own vitality, to protect ourselves from pain, to escape abusive or traumatic experiences, to bear shame and humiliation, simply to exist in an unwelcoming environment, to cope with hardship and neglect, and for many other reasons. We take these protective strategies into our being, and they become set in our embodied experience of ourselves.
Body psychotherapy works with your innate capacity for healing, by gently engaging this embodied experience, as it is ready to be engaged. It seeks to rediscover your essential energy; the basic and clear truths about who you are. Body psychotherapy is particularly effective at working in territory where there are no words; it can feel like a very deep form of psychotherapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
Several significant certificates, diplomas and degrees (including two doctoral level degrees) in body psychotherapy, clinical psychology, family therapy and group therapy.
Fifteen years' experience as a psychological therapist in the NHS and in private practice, working in the community, on acute inpatient wards and secure environments. Prior to this, another five years' experience as a university academic researching in the field of psychotherapy, with published papers.
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Areas of counselling we deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Gender dysphoria
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling we deal with
Medically unexplained symptoms; Complex symptoms; Embodied distress; Somatic distress.
Forty pounds per hour.
Body psychotherapy can be particularly clarifying and resolving with complex symptoms, where both mind and body are interconnectedly involved; these difficulties are sometimes referred to as 'medically unexplained symptoms', or 'somatisation disorder'.
Body psychotherapy can also be helpful for people who have tried the talking therapies, and are left with the feeling that there are depths still to be reached.
The body psychotherapy clinic is a relaxed, welcoming space with two chairs, a couch and floor cushions; these allow you to choose from a range of methods for working with you and the difficulties you are facing. With your therapist you may explore your preferred ways of using your sessions. Seated talking, subtle movement, bioenergetic work, trauma processing, awareness practices, and biodynamic massage are among the possibilities, and your choices about these modes of access will always be respected. Biodynamic massage works to re-attune you with your sense of self in a direct and clarifying way.
Please telephone or email Dr. Russell in the first instance for a confidential discussion about the things that are troubling you, and ways forward for you.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Flexible appointments offered (early morning, evening, weekend).
Types of client