Body/Mind Therapy

 “Psychotherapy must remain an obstinate attempt of two people to arrive at a recovery of the wholeness of being human through the relationship between them.”~R.D.Laing

Quotes and Teachings: 
For a long time the Universe has been germinating in your spine”, says Sufi Mystic Hafez. Our body is not as old as we are, it is ancient.

The lungs know how to breathe, the liver knows how to filter blood, the arms know how to catch a ball, the heart knows how to feel, the mind knows how to think. Life knows how to live, and how to die.

From the moment of conception, through birth and early childhood, we have been exposed to psycho-physiological, adopted ancestral and social patterns, often repeated trauma, which made us compulsively look for happiness in all the wrong places.

“I AM” is a spiritual statement of our responsibility to manifest our particular quantum of the spirit within the resistant medium of our earthly lives. It may be wrong to copy or to pretend, yet the pressures to do so are great. To free ourselves from the depressing compulsion to be “good”, we need strength and courage to seek our truth.”

– Andrew Feldmár (Psychotherapist)

Even in our spiritual pursuit, we tend to idealize the spirit and hide the psyche (just like in an old Greek myth). We become trapped in our own survival and willfulness. Yet, the willfulness itself lies on futility and fear of meeting our “soul”.

“People are generally psycho-phobic, afraid of their souls becoming alive.”

 – R.D.Lain (Psychiatrist)

 

Work Ethics, Principles and Practice:

“When we honestly ask ourselves which persons in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving much advice, solutions, cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing, and face with us the reality of our powerlessness; that is the friend who cares.”  

~ Henry Nouwen

My approach is based on my initial training in Counselling, Psychodynamic and Gestalt Therapy, Perinatal Psychology and over two decades of personal therapy with my teacher and mentor, Psychotherapist, Andrew Feldmár.

After years of practising Yoga and Meditation, my counselling practice has been grounded in the body (soma) and the teaching of Buddhist Dharma, guided by the principle of Kalyanna Mitta which means a “Noble” friend. Shared space and the relationship of Kalyana Mitta is built by cultivating respect, safety, security and consequently trust.

From the lineage of my teachers, my approach is rooted in the social phenomenology, presence in communion with the Other (M. Buber’s view), moment to moment awareness, and practice of non harming (Ahimsa).

Part of my support is educating my clients in how to listen to the “mind of the body” beyond their conditioned beliefs, offer meditation instruction, breathing, and gentle embodiment practice, which help support the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS), express (rather than impress, repress or act upon) emotions, and perceive and cultivate inner wisdom. This practice is based on the extensive research of developmental psycho-physiology, particularly Polyvagal Theory of Stephen Porges PhD, one of the most important recent developments in human neurobiology, and bodywork practice of Stanley Rosenberg.

Just like in body movement, “what we consistently repeat, becomes our pattern”. In this case, authentic, caring presence “with” another rather than “over” another, is itself the environment that cultivates freedom of choice and empowers emancipation (Etymology: verb eman·ci·pate \i-ˈman(t)-sə-ˌpāt\. : to free (someone) from someone/control or power over).

In Tibetan Yoga and Dharma, “Wisdom” of presence is considered a Feminine principle, which is non-doing, present, being, holding, not afraid of not knowing, not curing, not rushing, space, just like the quote above by Henry Nouwen.

The Masculine principle, associated with the “right effort” is rooted in empathy (BoddhichitaSanskrit –बोधिचित्त), and equanimity (perceiving the Other as an equal).

We need both principles united. Wisdom alone without innate compassion is arrogance, and Compassion without wisdom is ignorance.

My practice is Psychedelically informed, meaning,  that as per my work ethics, I am willing  and capable to meet  one in any states of consciousness, including the one after their  intake of psychedelic, entheogen or other psychoactive substances, with an intention of reducing harm and creating conditions for psychosomatic and spiritual integration and embodiment.

 

“There is nothing I want but your presence, in friendship, time dissolves.”  
– Rumi

 

 

 

CONTACT, for more information.

Individual Session- 75 minutes long- all prices will have an additional 5% GST

1 Private – $160

5 Privates $700 ( $140 each)

10 Privates  $1,200 ( $120 each)

Extended individual session ( 2 hrs and over) prices are negotiated individually.

Couple sessions- $200 / 90 min

Any specialized extended sessions are negotiated individually.

 

Sliding scale possible for young adults, racial minorities and if low income is an issue.

Prices for other offerings are listed separately.

 

CANCELLATION POLICY:   Please note that a minimum of 48 hrs notice is required in writing, for changing or cancellation appointment, otherwise the full amount will be charged. “The cause of missing an appointment is of no consequence. If you give me less than 48 hours notice, and I succeed in finding someone to take your appointment, your fee will be waived. this policy is not punitive; it is to cushion me from the vicissitudes of your life.”

 

You can contact me to make an appointment.

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