What is Integrative Mindbody Therapy?
Integrative Mindbody Therapy (IMT) is my baby. I have created IMT as an integration and amalgamation of different approaches and disciplines to therapy and human development.
There are three main pillars on which this work is based:
Hypnotherapy, Neuro-Linguistic-Programming (NLP) & NLP Psychotherapy
Bodywork and Body-Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy (humanistic, psychodynamic, and Self-Relations)
The Hypnotherapy & NLP influences manifest in that, during the therapeutic process we are likely to be working with different levels of communication – verbal, nonverbal, unconscious, ‘field’ - trancework will be a major tool to facilitate ‘going inside’ and exploring inner landscapes. We will continuously endeavour to think outside of the box, helping you to find new choices, and new ways of being. It also means that IMT emphasises experiential, rather than conceptual learning and development and that unconscious processes are seen as important allies and central to the work. As a client, you will discover the pattern of how you create your reality, and be faced with choices regarding these patterns.
The Bodywork and Body-Psychotherapy influences contribute to the richness of nonverbal communication and the conduct of IMT. A major aim of therapy is expanding awareness, expression and communication through the bodymind – you’ll be encouraged to listen to, understand and act upon your bodymind’s messages, opening to even more aliveness. Body-psychotherapy elements may also include ‘being it’ rather than talking about it, recognising that our past is relevant inasmuch as it is alive in us, and therefore we can work with past patterns while emphasising experiential processes. Integrating body-psychotherapy understandings also results in continuous use of body rhythms – breath, pulse, charge, emotions and thoughts to facilitate freeing your spontaneity, containment and ability to be present to yourself while connecting with another as well.
Bodywork elements may include touch – either to support and hold, to challenge or to structurally create more space and help you ‘inhabit’ yourself more fully. These can include deep massage strokes. However, the main impact of bodywork and body-psychotherapy on IMT is in the basic premise that the bodymind is an organic unit, and the physical, mental and psychological dynamics are all intertwined. Our organism strives for aliveness, integration, agility and expression – and we will work towards this.
The psychotherapeutic influence mainly includes psychodynamic, humanistic and Self-Relations psychotherapy. Thanks to these influences, IMT places much importance and focus on the therapeutic relationship, together with an awareness that, within the therapeutic fields, all the patterns – past and present will manifest. This presents us with an opportunity to work with, and bring about change and acceptance to the building blocks that made us who we are. It means that safety of boundaries, clear frame of work and a space of reality, authenticity and humanity are being created and encouraged.
Within this space, we are together – working for you. I cannot fix you or change you and I will never know you more than you know yourself, but I am a curious and willing explorer, and I will walk with you into the unknown without shying away, and encourage both the light and shadow to be owned and shown.
Psychotherapeutic influences recognise that relationship is a basic human pattern, and we will work towards cultivating an honest and kind way of relating to yourself and others.
Other influences for the creating of IMT include stress-management, Gestalt, Provocative Therapy, Systemic Therapy, Jungian Analysis, Chinese Medicine, Storytelling, Shamanism, Buddhism, Judaism, Castaneda’s Don-Juan, Eastern & Western philosophy, philosophy of science, literature and music.
The subcategories in the Therapy section further explore some of the modalities on which IMT is based, and you can also read more on these subjects in the Articles section or browse the relevant subcategories in the Links section.
Some common themes
I have experience, and particular interest in working with people presenting these themes:
- Growth, development and embodiment: people who look for therapy to move beyond difficulties and problem and to find their unique voice in the world
- Life transformation and transition times
- Depression, and mood disorders
- Stress related issues
- Somatisation – issues expressing in body symptoms
- Eating disorders
- Body-image, self-image and self-love issues
- Psychosexual issues (for individuals and couples)
- Relationship and communication themes (for individuals and couples)
- Dealing with or overcoming history of abuse
- Chronic or acute bodymind difficulties
What would a session look like?
The therapeutic process in IMT is very flexible – and depends on what we, as a team, decide would best serve what you are looking for. Different 'contracts' are possible, and the work can be goal-oriented or process-oriented, time-limited or open-ended. Sometime the frame is very ordered (weekly or fortnightly sessions in a specific time), and when appropriate - we can discuss different methods of meeting. As different therapeutic contracts have different advantages and disadvantages, we can discuss these during the consultation or first few sessions.
During the initial consultation, we will talk about your goals and begin to plan our journey together. Where we go, how long it will take and what forms it might acquire all depends on the places you want to visit, your resources (and mine) and the natural flow of journeys.
I usually recommend of an initial number of session (commonly between 4-6), to give both of us a better idea of each other and of some therapeutic possibilities.
For a more experiential understanding of the work, you are welcome to contact me for a session, or attend a workshop or training (see the Calendar section).