Natural Health Clinic, 98 Cathedral Road, Cardiff, CF11 9LP. tel: 07533 496568
I am a humanistic therapist, and focus on mindfulness based psychotherapy. I work with clients who are in distress in whatever form that manifests, from anxiety, anger, depression, self-esteem, deep sadness or fear or a sense of being stuck in some way.
Mindfulness based psychotherapy integrates aspects of Buddhist psychology alongside Western psychotherapeutic development theory. It combines them both with the latest insights and research findings from neuroscience. Buddhism teaches about the nature of the self, western psychotherapy understands how we develop into the self in response to life's experiences and neuroscience (the study of the brain and the nervous system) explains how the self manifests in our bodies in the present moment.
When we notice our thoughts and emotions as they arise, and become aware of them, we can decide what actions we want to take, rather than being controlled by them.
This therapeutic approach invites us to bring attention to our inner life. We work at seeing our thoughts and not getting caught up so much in believing them. This work involves feeling our feelings, and staying with our feelings so that a space can open up with the possibility of connecting with our wholeness. Mindfulness based psychotherapy works with the power of our awareness in the present moment to explore the nature of who we are and how we suffer.
This approach gives us a way of working in the present moment to explore and potentially transform both our relationship to ourselves, and our relationship to others.
A compassionate approach is not afraid of going to some difficult places in the present moment. Recognising where we may be disconnected from ourselves, can clear the pathway for authenticity.
Instead of our bad mood feeding itself, we can work with our brains to create positive spirals We can help ourselves to feel safe, and develop emotions like compassion that help us to regulate our system and create more balance.
If we can come into relation with ourselves with kindness when we are stuck or fixated, there is the possibility for a shift in our identity. This can happen when we we pause, allow, investigate and bring kindness to ourselves. When we are stuck we may feel like the stuck person, and too anxious or hurt to move. Therapy can help us to rest in a very compassionate awareness that is in relationship with the stuck parts of ourselves, to get in touch with a larger sense of who we are.
We can check in with ourselves: how would my Compassionate Self approach this situation if it were in control?
'Anguish maintains its power only as long as we allow it to intimidate us. If we try to avoid a powerful wave looming above us on the beach, it will send us crashing into the sand and surf. But if we face it head-on and dive right into it, we discover only water.' - Stephen Batchelor