My psychotherapeutic work, what I practice with those who come to see me, is to do with tending to the life of the soul, and we do this by being with the living part of what is said and responding to the life in the moment. What I mean by this is that I respond to the relationship between us and pay attention to what is being created as a result of the interaction between my clients and myself in the room.
We may use elements of play or play-acting, of story-telling and telling of dreams, and we may use creative tools. I may encourage you to draw and paint if that feels helpful.
What brings people to therapy is often something painful or disturbing, something out of the ordinary. If what we have put in place in our lives and what we thought was working is not serving anymore, perhaps we need to put it to one side, think about it in a different way. When every day is mapped out and relatively constant, we feel sure of ourselves. But the old habits can conceal underlying problems. It is tempting to want to keep it that way, keep it comfortable and familiar and not to rock the boat, but at some point the boat may get rocked and that is when the cracks show. Sometimes we need things to happen to us in order to find our way through, and this time of disruption may be an opportunity to look at what is really going on. For something else to survive we must put in the work and dig deep.