My Approach – Awareness Based Psychotherapy

Awareness is seeing reality with open eyes, unimpeded by judgments and unrestrained by fears. It goes without saying that seeing this way is the most arduous thing we can do because there are too many obstacles to seeing and too many habits that help us avoid seeing. It is beneficial to practise mindfulness so that we can experience Awareness; just as we have to look in order to see.

What psychotherapy can achieve when it is powered by Awareness is profoundly transformative for people. I combine the insights and practices of psychology with Awareness/mindfulness to guide them towards the peace and happiness that they long for. They will see that psychotherapy is neither painful nor shameful but an experience of growth and understanding that sets you free to find happiness in the present moment.

It is more important to understand our
problems than knowing how to solve them.

However difficult life has been for you or whatever the problems you are facing on the way, and however stuck or distressed you may feel about life, I wish to convey the conviction that you can certainly change. My claim is based on witnessing the profound transformation people experience if they are willing to deal with the problems they face.

Change is possible if we acknowledge our need for change, take responsibility for the process and work with ourselves.  

To experience change, we have to be convinced we can change and take responsibility for it.

Another important aspect of my approach is that it is positive and solution focused rather than problem centred. The challenge of change, after the initial period, becomes goal oriented, rewarding and exciting.

I see psychotherapy as a collaborative, active process between the clients and me where we work together to sort out the challenges that bring them to me. Outcome research consistently points out that the quality of the relationship between psychotherapist and client is the most important factor facilitating change.

I focus intentionally on developing a warm and respectful relationship with my clients. The atmosphere of safety and trust gives freedom to people to explore their lives with someone who offers them a safe place created by a non-judgmentally accepting, loving and caring presence. This is what we all need for our healing and growing into self-understanding, self-compassion and self-love.

People come to psychotherapy for different reasons. Some are overwhelmed, stuck or struggling while others may be seeking help with a specific problem or situation. Some may be experiencing a life crisis while others are seeking relief from anxiety, depression and emotional distress or turmoil.

While I have specialised training in some areas like the treatment of trauma, grief and relationship problems, I work with most issues that people experience.  Here is a list of some of them. Suicidal thoughts, Stress and burnout, Insomnia, chronic pain and other somatic issues, ADHD, Aspergers, Anxiety, worry, panic, OCD, Depression, sadness, loneliness.

Psychotherapy offers powerful and effective help in dealing with them. The problems that people experience may be diverse but their goal in therapy is the same – end of their suffering and experience of happiness and freedom.

I have been trained in a wide variety of treatment modalities. My therapeutic approach pays heed to them all integrating interventions to suit the needs of specific individuals. This wide spectrum of therapies includes Gestalt Therapy, Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Body-Oriented Psychotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Ericksonian Hypnosis, Dream Work, Intensive Journal, TRE (Trauma Release Exercises), Hakomi, and a number of somatic approaches, and so on.

Regardless of the treatment approaches, the underlying principles and goals remain the same - assist the client to come to a new self-understanding or self-awareness and self-love so that they can experience peace and happiness and realise their potential. The first steps often are recognising and healing the wounds or unhealthy patterns of the past that keep taking them to the past or keep them stuck.

My approach is positive and solution focused rather than problem centred. The challenge of change, after the initial period, becomes goal oriented, rewarding and exciting.

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