It feels like describing “my orientation” refers to two different but related aspects – my personal and my professional. From what past clients have fed back to me, what I offer of benefit in the therapy space, encompasses both.
On the personal level, I’ve always had an appreciation for people in all their complexity! I really enjoy sitting with a person and listening deeply to their unique expression of their story. Having a natural ability to attune to another with genuine openness and interest, brings a multitude of benefits to the therapeutic relationship. Trust, insight, empathy and a true sense of collaboration in the process of personal discovery - are just some of these.
On the professional level, I was fortunate to find a therapeutic modality and training that beautifully dovetailed with my personal and intuitive sense of what helps people.
Known as Core Process Psychotherapy, it was one of the original mindfulness-based therapy training programs. A synthesis of Eastern and Western psychological perspectives, it pivots on the therapist’s development of the quality of mindfulness in relationship.
Increasing in popularity in Western culture, the practice of mindfulness is simply - an intention to meet our thoughts, body and feelings in the present moment with an attitude of openness, curiosity and kindness. It is understood that the awareness (“seeing-clearly”) that develops from this activity is what heals and transforms our experience. Mindfulness fosters deep presence in relationship - to ourselves and others.
To be clear, this is “my orientation.” The client need only come as they are.