As dynamic, spiritual beings, our stories are highly unique. What works for one individual may prove ill-advised for another.
At Embodied Healing, we believe that growth is an ongoing process. We are all “works in progress” who require varying levels of support. As such, it is impossible to provide a generic answer. Once you embark on your journey, we will have a better understanding together of how much therapy you need. Put simply, you cannot force change prematurely.
In the wise words of Lao Tzu, nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. The same can be said for growth. It is an evolving, organic process. We must progress at our own pace. In this regard, therapy takes as long as it takes.
For many people, the prospect of starting therapy can feel incredibly scary at first. This is natural and to be expected. However, knowing what to expect can help to relieve our concerns.
To give you a taste of therapy, and explore your hopes for the sessions, I use the following framework:
Initial meetings are always a little foreboding, so I try to keep this as relaxed and informal as possible.
For some people, committing to a course of therapy is overwhelming. In these instances, the option of a trial period offers reassurance, helping you get a feel for the therapy process, and whether you wish to continue. However, there is no obligation to start therapy with me. It is entirely up to you. Sometimes, people decide that they are not ready for therapy, or that I’m not the right therapist for them.
If you do want to start therapy with me, and feel that the time is right, then we move on to:
Six sessions provides the perfect amount of time to dip your toe into the water before committing to a full course of sessions.
Oftentimes, this period can inspire trust in the process and receptiveness to new ideas. Taking action and “doing something about it” provides an empowering sense of progress. Knowing there is a warm and welcoming place to relax in can also be a huge relief. The ebb and flow of life can prompt us to take stock of our journey, or leave us feeling like an emotional pressure cooker! Whatever your personal struggles may be, the therapy space enables you to express these concerns in a soothing, supportive environment.
After the last session of the trial period, we review the journey together. This involves our thoughts on therapy so far, and how we wish to proceed. As we engage in authentic dialogue, we will identify particular patterns, what you might need more or less of (or any potential gaps!), and any acute, emotional traumas that require intensive support.
If you want to go more in-depth, then we progress to:
Thirteen sessions provides time to go in-depth and delve into our ways of responding.
As we progress on this path together, brief moments of insight will strengthen our self-awareness. We will also encounter resistances that offer food for thought. Both are perfectly normal. In a way, the first few sessions may seem like a “honeymoon period” (especially if you are new to therapy), as the ideas appear novel and new. In the final session, we engage in an informal review. Just like the trial period, the review summarises our journey so far, and new ground we may wish to explore. The only minor difference is that if we end the therapy, we will schedule a gradual “ending period.” This will enable us to reflect on the therapeutic journey, and the insights that emerged in the process.
If we decide to continue, the therapy will progress as a series of periods, with a follow up review in the 13th session. This gives you the opportunity to reflect on the session, and where we go from here.
As therapy progresses, we may experience the typical highs and lows of the journey. At times, we may desperately struggle to progress yet feel that we are stuck and stagnating. In Gestalt terms, a “stuck” period is referred to as an impasse. A turbulent time in therapy, these conflicting feelings and emotions are all part of the journey. While frustrations are inevitable, breaking through these impasses can provide a cathartic sense of release. Acknowledging these struggles as part of the process makes it easier to accept and embrace them. Once we consciously shift our perspective, we can engage with them when they emerge.
Like anything in life, it is important to know what you`re getting.
The therapy contract provides an overview of the process, what you can expect from therapy, and how we can work together to support and empower your growth. This contract provides reassurance and peace of mind. It covers important concerns, such as confidentiality, decisions to cancel sessions, finalising the therapeutic process, as well as my personal code of ethics. After you make an inquiry, I will send you a copy of the contract via email. However, if you prefer, you can download a copy from the website instead.