Red Scarf

Creative Counselling

Awareness in itself is healing. 

Fritz Perls

I would like to invite you to a safe space of a co-created relationship, where you can talk without being judged, make meaning of what you have been going through, and co-discover this meaning in free association. Creative counselling acknowledges the unity of body, mind and spirit, and is aimed at improving your overall health and well-being.

 

We learn through and communicate with our body much more than verbally, often without being aware of that. According to the research by Birdwhistell and Mehrabian, nonverbal communication comprises 65% to 90% of our overall communication. We also process much more with our body than just with our mind. Our body is a powerful and the most original source of healing – and the most underestimated.

Creative counselling appreciates your whole self and can help you in:

  • becoming healthier

  • coping with your stress related issues and traumatic experiences

  • improving your sleep

  • connecting your body and mind, thoughts and feelings

  • being more and doing less, escaping the hamster wheel

  • becoming aware of your destructive automatic responses to distress and developing new ways to respond

  • enriching your self-expression 

  • developing your self-esteem

  • regaining interest in life and the ability to experience pleasure

  • understanding suppressed parts of your personality and relationships patterns 

  • identifying and resolving the underlying issues 

Healing power of expressive arts can help you in connecting the external and internal worlds of your personality into a whole. It could help you express inexpressibleCreative counselling includes holistic interventions from such therapeutic approaches as gestalt, dance/movement, music, drama or art therapies. Indeed, therapy itself is an art, paraphrasing American psychoanalyst Dr. Nancy McWilliams.​ 

I have been engaged in expressive arts since the 80s. I was a stage director and an actor in a theatre and have been practicing Cuban, African and Afro-Cuban dances for over 20 years along with Qigong, yoga and modern dance. This resulted in the research on dance and well-being I did at the University of Derby, UK. I apply research findings and specific interventions, which I have been developing throughout my experience as researcher and practitioner of expressive arts. I also use visualisation along with therapeutic writing interventions that grew out of my experience in writing poetry and prose. I love visual arts and am interested in art history. I particularly focus on the sensory opening activities, developing and enhancing embodied self-awareness, which is pivotal in treatment and prevention of many mental health issues and traumatic experiences. 

I use gestalt, which is an experiential, holistic and relational as well as a profoundly embodied approach. Gestalt is a German word for the sum of parts that makes a whole, and the approach was applied to psychotherapy in the 20th century. The client is accepted non-judgmentally in an equal relationship and the interaction is focused on the here-and-now. The client is seen in their totality of body, mind and spirit, along with their environment. Gestalt approach emphasises having an embodied presence and increasing awareness of what is being experienced in the moment. It often leads to stunning and helpful insights.

On the other hand, I am psychoanalytically informed and involve unconscious mind to assess how unresolved dynamics from the past may impact your present. According to the Academy for the Psychoanalytic Arts, psychoanalysis is "a collaborative inquiry, the purpose of which is to further self-discovery and contribute to the greater understanding of one's self, relationships, and life". In an in-depth interview, we will explore your life story to understand possible root issues, which are important to identify in order to change a destructive dominant pattern and develop a new way to respond to yourself. "Psychoanalysis sets the human being in motion rather than at rest," wrote Gaston Bachelard, French philosopher and phenomenologist. 

In following diverse concepts and rejecting a dogmatic way, I apply what is the best for you in your particular case and situation, and approach you as a whole person. Therapeutic alliance or relationship is what unites most therapeutic approaches as the key healing factor, and it is being developed by us gradually in a co-created dance, as Italian Gestalt therapist Dr. Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb wrote. I warmly invite you to this joined dance.

I am a professional member in good standing of Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association along with American Counseling Association and its division Association for Creativity in Counseling. Besides, I am a member of International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF), The British Psychological Society (BPS, MBPsS), the International Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy, New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy (Associate), etc. and engage in continuous learning.

 

I am CISM Certified (Critical Incident Stress Management) by the ICISF and University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and trained by the ICISF in assisting individuals in crisis and group crisis interventions.

What not to expect:

  • that ​I will make you happy: as Fritz Perls, one of the developers of gestalt therapy, said, you cannot achieve happiness; happiness happens and is a transitory stage. 

  • that I will push you to achieve an enforced change: paraphrasing Carl Rogers, a humanistic psychologist, change cannot occur by trying harder to be something different, but by becoming more of who you are. When we become aware of and accept ourselves as we are, change happens naturally.

  • that I will follow any kind of a hype: the waves of the flood of pop psychology and self-help books seldom wash something serious and valuable ashore.

  • that I will fix you: psychological counselling is not about fixing one-off issues nor is it just a way to solve a problem. It is rather a way of living: you are developing throughout your life as a human being, and psychological counselling helps you in developing and growing. 

 

Please reach out to me via phone +41 78 910 25 73 or email nb@psycounselling.com. I look forward to talking to you

I work in English, German, Russian and Ukrainian with private clients only. 

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