Counselling offers a space where you can talk with someone who’ll listen carefully, remain focused on you, and help you reflect on your thoughts and feelings. It provides support when life feels too challenging or you feel stuck and unhappy.
A few sessions could be all you need to clarify what’s going on and identify a way forward. Longer term counselling helps you identify patterns in thinking and behaving you want to discard, and practice better alternatives.
In Gestalt counselling we focus on:
-your physical sensations as well as what you think and say
-trying different things out so you become more aware of your experience.
Sitting still for long periods (usually in front of screens) is only possible because we’ve become experts in cutting off from our bodily sensations. By waking up to our bodies again we can access information about our feelings, inclinations and history.
Counselling or therapy (I use the terms interchangeably) describe a learning process. This is particularly true of a Gestalt approach. Your learning (and at times hard work) will lead to outcomes like these:
- greater self-awareness (of your feelings, beliefs, values, needs, attitudes, patterns of behaving)
- new understanding of how relationships work and of your own experience of relationships
- having a broader range of options available to you in how you approach and respond to the world
- greater access to feelings of satisfaction, hope, contentment, excitement, warmth and love.
Massage complements a gestalt approach by supporting the client’s connection with their bodily experience.
The aim of massage is to work physically to influence the body’s systems and benefit the client by, for example, reducing stress, anxiety, muscular tension and increasing sensitivity and body awareness.