Our therapeutic approach involves counselling, hypnotherapy, and mindfulness.
At Selfigy, our counselling style is based on a transpersonal approach, which emphasises two aspects of a person:
How does this relate to you? Who you are as a person is the state you are in right now. Relating to the state you are in right now is more useful than labelling you as depressed or anxious or happy, because you are not always depressed or anxious or happy. If where you are right now is not where you wish to be, we can work together to find a better way of being, a way that is self-fulfilling and self-sustaining.
Seeking answers is the first and most important step towards change. If you are committed to change, you can be helped to change. The only limitations are the ones within you.
As Jean-Paul Sartre said: We are our choices.
Hypnosis is often defined as a state of relaxation or meditation, in which the mind is uncritical yet focused. This state is not so different from other mental states that we experience, for example, when we are on auto-pilot while driving or engrossed in a film. Suggestibility is a feature of hypnosis, but contrary to popular thinking, you are always in control. Hypnosis has helped many people across a range of symptoms, such as:
Depending on your issue, we can teach you self-hypnosis to further extend the benefits of hypnotherapy.
Mindfulness has become a popular word in western culture, promoted by the growing influence of Buddhism in the West and also research that has shown the benefits of these practices in our daily life. Many therapists are now recommending the use of Mindfulness, or offering it as part of their therapeutic approach.
My own connection with Mindfulness has grown out of coming into contact with Buddhism in early adulthood and being impressed by the focus on daily living, in a simple and practical way. I have maintained a connection with Buddhism - with the movement and as a guide to how I live from moment to moment, the latter being influenced mainly by my understanding of Mindfulness.
More recently, I have been using this understanding of Mindfulness with clients, to the degree that it is of interest and/or helpful for the individual. I also run a Mindfulness and Meditation course as a means of passing on my experience to others who are interested.
Transpersonal, according to a dictionary definition, means beyond the personal, or transcending the personal self. In a more practical sense, as it relates to psychotherapy, it means a therapist works with a client in a holistic manner, where holistic means that an individual:
You are not just a body or just a mental being, but both. Your body and mental being function together in what we call a sense of self. One way in which Transpersonal Psychotherapy often distinguishes itself from other styles of therapy is inclusion of the spiritual. The spiritual is incorporated in the total sense of self and thus extends what it is to be human to a much larger canvas of experience. Thus, transcendent is focussed on your experience of yourself, whether physical, mental, feelings, emotional or unconscious, in an integrative manner.
Waking, sleeping, dreaming, meditating are among many varying states of consciousness that we occupy in a flow of experience. Each of these has its own resources and potential in your daily existence, as well as being potential resources for change. These are then part of the focus for achieving change via the use of methods and techniques of therapy.
Therapy is often implemented in the style of a medical model, focussed on diagnosis and prescribed treatment. There is a tendency to require you to approach the treatment and, unfortunately, in more extreme situations, to perceive you or your symptoms as being "fixed" by this treatment. An alternative approach is for the therapist to work with you in the moment, with whatever is present and happening now. In this way, the "treatment" is guided by your current state of consciousness and everything that this implies. Change work is focussed on guiding you to experience an improved quality of life, in your terms, rather than on removing a symptom.
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