Sessions at my practice in Marlow, Bucks OR London
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Intention Therapy can be used to explore troublesome symptoms like: general anxiety, depression, eating disorders, phobias, sexual difficulties, insomnia, and personality disorders. Other issues such as bereavement/loss, PTSD, abuse related issues, addiction and dysfunctional relationships can also be the focus of sessions using this therapy.
Q&A with Alexandra:
Q. Why do people turn to therapy?
A. Many years of research has shown us that people can experience a trauma reaction when they feel emotionally overwhelmed by a situation or person. People also experience a trauma reaction when they feel under threat, or believe they are under threat, from a person or situation. For example, a trauma reaction can be triggered in some people if they feel betrayed by someone, or they feel under extreme pressure at work and are emotionally overwhelmed. This can then make them feel unduly anxious or depressed, and they use therapy to help them get back on track again.
Q. So can anyone experience a trauma reaction?
A. Yes, particularly when an experience/person seems to shatter our belief systems about our self worth and sense of self, our acceptance by others or our emotional and physical safety. This can be very distressing for some people, and can unconsciously trigger a trauma reaction. If the trauma reaction is ignored, it can turn into a chronic psychological condition that is very debilitating and affects the quality of their life.
Q. So what kinds of situation can cause a trauma reaction?
A. All sorts of situation can induce a traumatic reaction, depending on the background of the person. Things like workplace or domestic bullying/abuse, work or family stress, births, marriages and deaths, and general parenthood. These are just some examples, together of course with other distressing experiences like road and other types of accident, assault, hospitalisation and/or long term chronic illnesses. Circumstances can arise in our lives that are very disturbing. This is why people seek help from Integrative Trauma Therapy, they find transformational breakthroughs that they integrate into their lives and make a real and positive difference.
Q. How does a trauma reaction show up?
A. There are many ways in which a trauma reaction can show up in someone’s life- here are just a few examples:
|*Difficulty sleeping or concentration||*Irritability over several weeks|
|*Violence toward people/things||*Dark thoughts or thoughts of self harm|
|*Depression/extreme prolonged anxiety||*Unexpected outbursts of anger|
|*Regular strong negative feelings||*Deep and prolonged feelings of guilt/shame|
|*Wanting to withdraw/get away from people||*Irrational fears/debilitating phobias|
|*Crying unexpectedly/long periods of crying||*Issues with eating and/or food|
|*Binging on alcohol/recreational drugs||*Extreme high or low mood|
|*Sexual difficulties||*Reckless or destructive behaviour|
|*Unable to function in family/social/employment settings||*Exaggerated negative beliefs about yourself or others|
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Session are available at my practice in Marlow OR London
When I first start to work with my clients I explain how the body and mind work together, and how overpowering and debilitating feelings and symptoms develop. This helps my clients to better understand what’s happening with them personally, and it is an important step to the positive change process that clients go through.
During our sessions we explore specific aspects of what is being experienced, and take a step by step approach toward the recovery a client wants. This is a Person-Centred approach so each session is personalised to a client’s needs, and in each session we will focus on the next step toward the client’s overall intent. Some clients work on specific traumatic events in their life, some on specific and difficult emotions. Others have focused on their insomnia, eating disorders, obsessive behaviour or troublesome relationships, including their couple. Health issues can also be worked on in a session As sessions progress clients will experience some of the underlying dynamics to their issue or condition, which are likely to emanate from their early life.
The pace of the session is determined by what is emerging. We may pause the session so a client can make meaning of what has emerged, and then resume. As the therapist my role is to facilitate the therapy process and maintain an environment where clients can get the most out of their session. Most often the themes that emerges provide clients with insights to their issue that they may never have considered. As part of the session these insights may be discussed so the client can take them forward productively and further the integration and healing process.
An individual session enables a client to move at a pace and rhythm that suits their preference in terms of personal change, and the contract for individual sessions is open-ended and is determined by the client. To enable the integration process to take place, rather than weekly sessions we are likely to meet every 3-4 weeks.
If before you book your first session you would like a confidential no-obligation phone conversation with me, please call on +44(0) 7768 116476 or to book a session click here