Surely any process of psychotherapy should be “functional”, if functional implies that it has a specific activity, purpose or task. Well, in a nutshell – yes! However, at Brighton and Hove Psychotherapy we are using the term to imply both of the above, but we are also taking it a step further. Please read on:
In recent years, the term functional medicine has sprung up. It essentially refers to a branch of medicine where the patient is treated as a whole being rather than as a collection of symptoms. The practitioner works with the presenting issues, the patient’s emotional and psychological history, genetics, and is fundamentally patient- rather than disease-focused. In essence it is about working with the individual to help them get, and stay, healthy.
So how does this apply to psychotherapy, counselling and other talking therapies?
Well, we consider ourselves to be client focussed practitioners. We create and work in an authentic space with our clients and are driven to help clients discover the most effective ways of creating the life they want.
So far, so good, but don’t all counsellors and psychotherapists do this?
Firstly, many therapists do not work relationally with clients focusing instead on the outdated ‘blank screen’ approach. Secondly, the vast majority of therapists remain entrenched in the mind-body split and work exclusively with the mind, ignoring the body and the emotional system. Lastly, whilst we are both highly trained psychotherapists, theoretical therapy on its own does not lead to change. And lasting change is incorporated into lifestyle through actions that lead to emotional resilience.
Research into trauma and the ability to regulate emotional states is increasingly showing that emotions are carried in the body. And the body and mind interact. A lot!
Our body is a direct route into understanding and working with the emotional system.
How we work
We remain guided by you, the client. Our task is to help you process and work through pain and trauma so that you can bring your thinking mind online at which point choice about how you live becomes a reality.
We will force nothing on you but if willing, we will help you equip yourself with lifestyle changes such as mindfulness, body awareness, meditation, exercise and other bio-hacks that will give you the edge in staying in your body and mind and able to feel your emotions as they arise without shutting down or becoming overwhelmed.
If you are curious, get in touch with either Sam Jahara or Mark Vahrmeyer to discuss how a more holistic approach to counselling and psychotherapy may be what you are looking for.