Psychotherapy in Norfolk, Cromer and Norwich

Do you need help to deal with your long-standing issue or a trauma? Ned Henderson may be able to help you.

There are so many different types of psychotherapy, stress management and counselling out there that it can sometimes seem confusing. While some approaches rely on talking alone, my approach is also able to address the non-verbal level below this.

Many of the deep rooted beliefs, feelings and tensions which influence our actions and which unconsciously programme us are to be encountered in this deeper layer. It is these that we need to address in order to bring about lasting change.

Integrative body psychotherapy

People come to psychotherapy and counselling for a variety of reasons. Some come because they are unhappy, unwell or trying to cope with emotions, experiences or situations which they find distressing, confusing and hard to manage.

Sometimes it is difficult to talk to others about our feelings. Perhaps we feel ashamed, don’t want to burden partners, families or friends. Sometimes others are too involved, and are not able to listen impartially. It may make more sense to talk to someone who will not judge us and will keep the matter private.

Individual psychotherapy offers a safe, reliable and confidential setting where you can explore, with support, the difficulties and challenges that life throws up for you. You may be anxious, struggling to cope or find yourself in frustrating or repeating patterns in relationships which do not offer fulfilment. These are often related to earlier life experiences and as you come to understand and reflect on them, you may explore more fulfilling ways of approaching things.

Finding out what works best for you

We are all different. Some of us need the space to talk and think aloud and to be heard, others want or need more guidance and direction. Some like to use art materials, or to explore what they can learn from body awareness and sensation. The term “integrative” means that I bring together a range of techniques and skills, and seek to draw on those which seem most facilitative and helpful.

In the end, the important thing is to find what works best for you. I will spend time listening to your needs and expectations and will take these into account, as well as offering my own professional judgment in finding out what is likely to be most helpful to you.

Why body psychotherapy?

Patterns of thought and emotion are mirrored in the body. Our attitudes are expressed in the manner in which we inhabit our bodies and show themselves in our movement, postures, gestures, tone of voice and so forth. Early life experiences, whether you remember them or not, are imprinted and stored in the cells of the body.

Positive and fulfilling thoughts and feelings lead to expansion and healthy muscle tone in the body while repeated conflicts and frustrations lead to tension and contraction in the physical body (as well as the mind and feelings). In the early stages, physical tension is felt as aches and pains, tension, restless and exhaustion but if the situation persists you may become unwell.

A body psychotherapist may encourage you to pay attention to your body, to physical sensations and tension patterns, tones of voice and so forth, to see what can be learnt from them. Also, recent neuroscientific evidence shows that over 90% of our communication with others is non-verbal and less than 10% is verbal. In other words, how we inhabit our bodies and express ourselves through them carries far more weight in our relationships than the words we use.

“I have made progress and am not in the desperate place I was when I first arrived, which is pretty amazing. I feel much better off now than I have done for several years.”

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