Embodied psychotherapy in
south east London

Feel more deeply.
Move from disconnection to connection.

Explore and express your inner world.

 
 

Why therapy?

People come to therapy for many reasons, including experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress or trauma. 

 

It could be a feeling like stuckness, frustration, disconnection, or emptiness, or something with a physical element like IBS or physical tension that has proven hard to shift in other ways. Or there is simply a sense that something needs to change. 

 

Therapy is a space to become more conscious of the different factors that have influenced, and continue to influence your life. It can help separate who you've learned to be, who you'd like to be, and who you are. It's a place to work through and process difficult emotions, feelings and habits, and make room for a greater sense of connection and wholeness. It's a place for change, and also acceptance.

Why embodied therapy?

How feel in our emotions and how we are in our bodies can be profoundly linked. Body psychotherapy is informed by this connection, and pays attention to body as well as mind.​ Like regular talking therapies it offers a supportive place to speak, explore and connect - a powerful thing in itself. It also offers an invitation to mindfully engage with the body - the ground of our being. How it is now, what it holds from the past, and what it wants for the future.

It may sound odd, but giving the body and mind space to express what is happening, be that through words, images, sounds or movements, can allow for a greater, more integrated experience of ourselves, including early aspects of our lives which might still be having an impact today. This awareness isn't something to be forced: at times it may be the last thing you want to do, and that's fine. But whether you feel connected or disconnected from your body, viewing it with gentle or harsh eyes, checking in now and again can allow for a depth and an energy to emerge in our work together.

 

About me

My name is Adam. I trained as a therapist after working in broadcasting, digital media and communications. I studied psychology and philosophy at university. After experiencing body psychotherapy myself I decided that this was the particular path I wanted to tread as a therapist. 

 

am a member of the European Association for Body Psychotherapy (EABP), am on its publications committee and have contributed to its peer-reviewed journal. I am also on the steering committee of the new UK Body Psychotherapy Network.  

 

I have trained in a range of approaches, including:

Embodied Relating - Nick Totton 

Relational Body Psychotherapy - Dr Asaf Rolef Ben-Shahar / Integrative Mindbody Therapy Training

Creative Deep Bodywork with a specialism in Postural Integration - Silke Ziehl / Entelia Institute

Bodylistening - Tim Brown / Brighton School for Embodied Therapy

Integrative Counselling - Minster Centre

 

Get in touch

I currently work in south east London, postcode SE23 1HN. It's within easy reach of Forest Hill, Honor Oak Park and Catford stations, and several bus routes. Sessions are also possible at the Sunflower Centre in Brockley. I offer 1 hour and 1.5 hour sessions, on a weekly or fortnightly basis. 

 

If you'd like to find out more or discuss arranging an initial session, please get in touch by calling me on 07867 504 809, using the form below or emailing me at adambtherapy@gmail.com 

Current fees

1 hour: £50

1.5 hours £65

 

Deep bodywork and postural integration

I also offer postural integration (PI). This is a creative, hands-on way of working with the breath, body and mind structured around a series of sessions. It can look a bit like a cross between massage and psychotherapy: hands-on bodywork combined with talking, processing and integrating the sensations, emotions, images and memories and movements that emerge in the present moment. 

Initial sessions work with the more superficial layers of our muscular system including the fascia - the interconnecting web of tissue that holds us together. Later sessions can go deeper into the muscles and structure of the bodymind, connecting and loosening learned patterns of holding that may have been in place for a long time. The work can be gentle, intense, cathartic, and even enjoyable. 

With mutual consent elements of PI can be included in regular body psychotherapy sessions. Or if you are particularly interested in this form of work there is the option of working through the PI structure over 15-20 sessions of 1.5 hours in length. 

Further 

If you're curious to learn more about this form of therapy, here are a few recommended links to begin with: 

  • For an introduction to the history and theory of body psychotherapy try this article

  • There's a video with some perspectives on and experiences of body psychotherapy on the EABP website