Counselling in its traditional form is a form of “talk” therapy where the counsellor and client discuss the particular known issues and behaviours that bring a client to seek help. Counselling is often conducted in a shorter term context using some specialised or issue specific skills than does Psychotherapy.
In counselling specific problems are reviewed and addressed in order to bring greater clarity and understanding of the issues and of themselves. In many cases a present time incident such as a car accident, a death, job loss, or event that evokes tension, stress, anxiety, fear or shock, may cause a person to seek counsel and debriefing on what is happening to them.
The essence of talking is both to process the event and have a cathartic release if needed, and to be witnessed and seen with compassion. Counselling is effective at this level with helping a person to process and bring to completion some troubling concern, issue or event, so they can move on with their life, often with new learning and tools with which to adjust and face life.
BodyMind counselling employs recent scientific knowledge of Neuroscience and how we literally wire our minds and thinking into actual neural circuits in the brain. Neuroscience now tells us that we develop neural circuits or associated maps in our thinking which left unchallenged will keep us in the same thought patterns all through our life.
The intervention of counselling can change the thinking and mental associations a person typically adopts, with concurrent changes in the brain neural circuits that link and fire when that thinking occurs. Using particular counselling techniques we create change at both the mind and brain levels where this ingrained level of thinking and operating stems from..
BodyMind counselling employs the use of an understanding of BodyMind dynamics and how they present in our bodily features, postures, gestures and other body language. This information is derived from the Reichian and Bioenergetic schools of BodyMind science, and the work of Barbara and Allan Pease in body language psychology.
This dimension allows discussion to also focus on the potential BodyMind characteristics of persons involved with dynamics with the client. The information allows one to gain potential insights into the primary inclinations and defences used by others of interest to the client, and which are often given away by bodily gestures and postures.
This information can create comparative advantages for clients in assessing strategies and key words to use in conversations in dealing situationally with these persons. This information is not typically found in conventional counselling disciplines and feedback from clients suggests it adds value to their sessions.
BodyMind counselling also brings awareness to the client of how their body reacts to their mind or thought patterns by protective postures, gestures, fidgets, and rituals. As a result clients normally report that their involvement in this form of counselling process creates a new level of conscious awareness of themself, new unconscious patterns of associated thought, a heightened sense of self-worth and ability to tackle ongoing life issues with new strategies and awareness.