“To experience conflicts knowingly, though it may be distressing, can be an invaluable asset. The more we face our own conflicts and seek out our own solutions, the more inner freedom and strength we will gain.”~ Karen Horney
What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy involves a range of techniques which are designed to improve the overall well-being of a client, reducing or eliminating bothersome feelings or behaviours, and improving relationships. A trained professional interacts with their client, helping the client to better understand themselves and their own life story. The new vision the client perceives will initiate change in their thoughts, feelings, and behavior; allowing them to overcome stress, emotional problems, relationship difficulties or troublesome habits.
Most forms of psychotherapy use only spoken conversation, though some use various other forms of communication such as writing or art. All are used to discover underlying problems, develop constructive solutions, and find the strength inside the client to achieve their goal. Clients are encouraged to live to their full potential.
Psycho-Organic Analysis (POA)
“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”~ Karl Rogers
Psycho-Organic Analysis is a branch of psychotherapy developed in the early 1970s. The originator, Paul C. Boyesen, based this approach on the work of Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung and Wilhelm Reich. Psycho-organic analysis focuses on the body, mind and emotions, and the relationship between them.
Psycho-Organic Analysts pay attention to the expression of the unconscious mind; to the sense that you want to give to your life, to the integrations you seek to achieve and want to realize your personal and social reality. It is fundamental to meet these choices with absolute respect.
This method of treatment links the body, mind and emotions. The body reflects a person’s current state and previous life history. In good health, the mind and body function in a relatively integrated manner. When this is happening breathing, movement, mood, speech and sense of wellness are harmonious. When we feel ill at ease with any one aspect, it affects the whole of us.
Outwardly there can be success – perhaps there is a secure, well paid job, a family and a pleasant home, but the individual has persistent headaches, or feels constantly tired in the absence of illness, is bored, or feels that something indefinable is missing. These experiences manifest as aches and pains, tight or slack muscle, shallow breathing, inability to relax and sleep, feeling hot or cold, disturbed thinking, inability to concentrate or make decisions, and lack of vitality.
When these symptoms continue for a long time they develop into fixed states, illness and general malaise become normal. Most of us barely know what it could feel like to be really well and certainly have little idea of how to go about feeling more alive. Every trauma, shock, difficulty in life, every unexpressed joy is embodied. Good resolutions and will power have only minimal impact on the body. Mental insight is often not enough. All of your body and mind needs to be involved to reconnect your thinking and feeling.
Psycho-Organic Analysis is a compassionate form of psychotherapy in which you will be encouraged to get to know yourself in your own time and way. Whatever your issues, problems, concerns, the therapist will strive to address these on all levels of your being, body, emotion, and mind, recognizing that many psychological problems have connections in the body.
“Whenever you are immersed in compulsive thinking, you are avoiding what is. You don’t want to be where you are.”~ Eckhart Tolle