As a Person-Centred counsellor working with trauma, I provide the option of integrating movement into the counselling process. This provides another means of accessing the deeper levels of healing to release trauma held in the body, or as way of improving self-esteem. Here are answers to your FAQs:
Within my premises I have two mini-trampolines - basically instead of spending the whole session sitting in chairs, at some or all points in our session, you'd be on one trampoline whilst I am on the other.
There are many reasons why this is an effective way to work and here are just a few:
Yes, there are contra-indications so I have a separate form to ensure that any conditions you have will be safe to use the trampolines. Please do ask me if you would like to know before meeting and please also check out with your health professional if you have any specific physical conditions.
Additionally, the premises are on the second floor of a building so unfortunately if you have a disability that impacts mobility it will not be possible to access this.
I also provide an advisory on how to use the mini trampolines safely.
No, sometimes you may prefer to be sitting in the comfortable seats or working with the resources such as the sand-tray/art materials - this is a collaborative process. You can spend as little or as much of each session as you chose. As a person-centred therapist, this is about creating a therapeutic space that fits with what you feel you need on the day.
Yes - we can either listen to music together through a speaker. Choosing music can be an excellent way of connecting with memories and a wide range of emotions. Alternatively you can listen to bio-lateral music (as part of brainspotting trauma therapy) through headphones. Equally you may prefer to move without music.
Movement can include dance, and many people feel that they are only truly their authentic selves when they are expressing themselves through dance. Others like to integrate their yoga practice into the movements whilst some just like to sit to feel a gentle movement beneath them. Basically, within the bounds of safety anything goes.
It is a shared experience to help you to feel that I am properly alongside rather than coming across as the expert on the side lines. Sometimes I may mirror the moves that you make, or move in my own way, depending upon what we agree between us when we set this up.
Occasionally, as a part of trauma therapy (Brainspotting) it may be more helpful for you if I am keeping still in order to maintain an eyespot for you, but this is something you and I work out as we go along.
Yes, one of the trampolines has a T Bar on it and you can chose which one to use. The T Bar can be helpful if your balance is a little wobbly or if you are looking to process with your eyes closed.
Generally no, - this is where this differs from standard personal training. It is about allowing your body to move in a way that feels right for you at the time. This can feel very liberating, especially if you experience a lack of coordination and difficulties following movement instructions (for example if you have dyspraxia.)
The only exception is where an instruction may form part of a specific movement therapy game but this is collaborative and involves you giving me instructions in return.
Generally your feet stay on the trampoline (bobbing rather than bouncing), so I may have to gently remind you to lower the impact if the moves you are making are potentially risky.
No, as the primary purpose of movement therapy is for counselling and trauma therapy I am not set up as a gym. As the movement is primarily low impact it is less likely that you would need to shower immediately afterwards.
If you are looking for a specific fitness programme with specific fitness goals, movement therapy may not be the best option for you as you may need a specific personal trainer for this. Likewise this type of therapy is not physiotherapy.
Some people use movement therapy as a stepping stone to being able to engage in other fitness activities at a later stage.