Never I have worked online so much since the global pandemic of 2020. At the time the pandemic was making secure in roads to the UK, I was just finishing a psychotherapy training that I had been really looking forwards to for ages. It was touch and go whether the training could be completed as the the disorganised government were unable to give any guidance. Luckily I got to complete the training all thanks to IFS UK and the lead trainer Dr. Osnat Arbel.
In September 2020 I decided that I would set up a website called www.onlinetraumatherapy.co.uk because more and more people were looking for online therapy opposed to face to face work at my office. Not only were people coming for IFS therapy online, but people were able to come direct into my home, and I go to theirs without leaving the house. Since then Online Trauma Therapy's presence has increased and I am now booked up about 5 - 6 weeks ahead at present.
I'm finding that clients are able to do some really deep and focussed work online and the IFS and Brainspotting models really suit this. I still am able to do EMDR online too. Many peoples historical traumas have been re-triggered by the affects of the pandemic, as well as creating stress in the present.
Trauma has a tendency to ripple out and touch many people. Unfortunately the effects of this pandemic and the underfunding of services will be felt forever more in the UK. To survive the injury of traumatic events like the pandemic we need to create a healing within ourselves, which then can also ripple out and heal our humanity as it goes..
You may of heard of Shadow work, it sounds a little eerie but it isn't really. What is Shadow work? Carl Jung a famous psychologist coined the concept of the person's Shadow. Basically the shadow of you you are the parts of you you are not fully aware of or aware of at all. Other people may see these parts of you though. It is said that you can become more aware of your shadow parts or shadow self, by how you may judge others. Perhaps a certain type of person can be frustrating and you feel judgemental towards them.. this could be something that you are not aware of within yourself. In Parts / IFS therapy or ego state therapy we can help you access these denied parts so you have a fuller awareness of them, and then be able to start to change. Shadow work is sought by people who want self development, sometimes people who may be on a spiritual journey of finding themselves. Get in touch or just book at Counselling For Liverpool to make a start on being the best version of you.
Therapy Heads © offers a range of therapies, not just counselling, across the North West. Chris Rudyard MNCS provides coaching, counselling, hypnotherapy & psychotherapy. He works with anxiety, relationships, trauma, PTSD and addictions.
Over the last decade brain scientists have discovered so much about the brain. There is still lots that is unknown, and possible never be 'known' as the part of the brain that is used for understanding (the Neocortex) is limited. The Neocortex and subcortical regions of the brain are very different, one uses language and understands it, while the subcortical regions do not use or understand language.
Therapists work with trauma...a lot, whether they know it or not. I think it is so important that we are able to understand the brain and modern theories such as Polyvagal theory, so we are able to understand where our clients are at.
In many ways neuroscience is much more easy to fit into psychotherapy than, all these complex and conflicting theories of personality. This is why I am thinking more and more about my clients from a neuroscience perspective.
Core Condition 2 - The first, whom we shall term the client, is in a state of incongruence, being vulnerable or anxious.
This condition is simply implying there is a problem perceived by the 'client'. The difficulty though that is people can be so incongruent with their 'selves' that they are detached from themselves, unaware or dissociated. Maybe they are so unaware that there is indeed no 'problem' to them, as they are not aware. This lack of awareness can be a real problem as the organism may not sense a way of living healthily. They may not sense danger or hunger for example. If a client is incongruent they probably would not enter therapy anyway, but they may be referred by professionals such as social workers or psychiatrists.
I believe that a client needs to be in a state of congruence to some degree for therapy to be helpful. The incongruence can create feelings of depression, anxiety, anger, stress call it what you will, but the client needs to have some awareness that there is a problem, otherwise what's the point?
Chris Rudyard MNCS Accredited
Professional, experienced counsellor & psychotherapist in Liverpool