Terapeitiskā telpa / The therapeutic space
The stream as a metaphor.
A life can be compared to a stream that finds its way through the landscape. When it encounters obstacles, it finds a way around them and continues its course. Since it is our nature to flow, we suffer when something blocks the flow of our stream.
Well-being, joy and development in life depend on that flow of energies - both physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. The therapeutic work aims at reestablishing the natural flow. And it is you, the client, who - although you might not see it at the moment - knows the way foreward.
By putting special attention to emotions, body sensations and imaginations, the new course of the stream can be found.
What happens in the therapy?
In the therapy, drawing, painting, and other image-making is important and colors are almost always part of the work. A quote by C.G.Jung makes a long story short: “Art is the language of the soul”
Usually we do small, short term pictures (10-15-20 min) where certain emotions, problems and imaginations are expressed. That is a way to communicate with that part of us which is normally hidden or forgotten. The human psyche expresses itself in images (dreams, fantasies) and by working with them we can communicate with our unknown part.
And please notice that you don’t need to be good at making pictures, everybody can do this.
Such working is usually both exiting and involving.
Together we look at the pictures, discuss with them, and reflect on the process.
New understanding and a new perspective arise from this proces.
And it is a rediscovery of the creative aspect in life: I am not a victim, I am a co-creator!
Which problems can be dealt with?
In the therapy we can deal with problems like. Low self esteem, loneliness, difficulties in the near relations, difficult feelings like guilt, shame, anger and fear. Difficulties in the near relations, stress, burnout, feelings of chaos and confusion, feelings of “Im lost”
What is behind the method?
My psychotherapy is a combination of two methods. Using pictures and images in a therapeutic setting has a long tradition. C.G. Jung, one of the fathers of psychology was one of the first to understand that image-making is a great source of therapeutic transformation. I am educated as a visual artist myself and has for 30 years known and used the advantages of image-making both in art-teaching and as a leader of therapeutic groups.
Im trained in PBSP-therapy, usually called : Pesso-therapy”.
It is a body-oriented and interactive therapy based on an unconditional trust that the individual knows from birth what he or she needs. PBSP is today practiced in many countries especially in the US and Europe. in the Pesso therapy we also work with images, not like pictures, but in the imagination as well as in reality. Read more: www.pbsp.com
In both therapy-forms new images can be created and replace the old unhelpful and painful memories. The brain does not differ between the new imagined "memory" and the old, as long as it is emotionally authentic.
Both types of therapy are based on the brains capacity to let such emotionally authentic images count and in that way replace the old unwished memories and images.
Most things happens over time and also real changes takes time. But the walk in the right direction is filled with exiting new findings both in yourself and in the world. So welcome!
As I believe that psychotherapy needs to be experienced directly, I offer you a short free session where you will get an initial experience and see for yourself if it suits you!