What is it?
Body-Oriented Psychotherapy offers a way of overcoming and integrating trauma, regulating and diffusing anxiety, depression and difficult feelings. It empowers you to have a closer relationship with yourself and to be able to make choices and take action to direct your life.
The technique is based on a mindful somatic awareness which is incredibly quick and practical in its use and effectiveness. The technique in itself becomes a way of being; changing how you can live who you are; increasing the choices open to you and improving your connections with others.
How does it work?
Through mindful somatic awareness you focus to observe how your body reacts physically to stressful situations. How often do you catch yourself not breathing, with your shoulders up around your ears or standing on the outsides of your feet?
By becoming aware and observing the physical sensations, you can use the breath to become present and relaxed; sometimes just being aware allows the body to let go of restriction and tension. And once it lets go, it releases the difficult feelings that came with it.
Often, we only become aware of these patterned physical reactions when we suffer their strain physically or their pain emotionally. We may be used to overthinking; obsessively ‘thinking things through’ to try and resolve our emotional pain; leading to anxiety, worry and distress. We try to fix things in our head, endlessly trying to think up ways of changing the outside world to get away from our anguish, anger, sadness, shame etc.
Somatic awareness connects you with your body again and is the first step to letting go of the physical tension and strain, which then also diffuses the difficult feelings.
From Flight, Fight or Freeze to Ease
Most of us experience regular Flight, Fight or Freeze reactions in our body and most of us have not learned the Relaxation Response to return to after.
Flight, Fight or Freeze is an instinctive response to actual danger, after which the body should come back to relaxation after the danger has passed. However, most of us have Flight, Fight or Freeze Patterning from childhood which still causes us to react physically and emotionally in similar situations.
The reaction pattern shapes our physical body and dysregulates our breathing and thinking and so also creates an emotional state. Sometimes we have carried these patterns for so long that we identify with them as our personality and our normal posture. It can make us feel we are powerless, angry, disconnected, lonely, anxious, constantly in danger, fearful etc. Our reaction patterns limit how we are able to experience every aspect of our lives: love, family, career, health and so forth. Our patterning comes to distort our reality and constrict our self-expression.
Through the Body-Oriented approach, you can experience what is actually happening and respond to it in the moment, without the emotional residue of the past.
In therapy, it is also used as a foundation for the integration of trauma. With the practice of somatic awareness, your body becomes a safe place to feel difficult feelings and integrate traumatic experiences.
What is your result?
Your outcome will be that you will be able to make clear conscious choices about how you want to live and go ahead and do it!! Because…. you are present in your body and unclouded in your mind. Once your body is used to this technique it takes less and less effort to be there, stay there and live there and create the future from there!!
We will do Core-work to move through past trauma, so it doesn’t continue to affect your present and future.
Ring me to book your session and/or to have a chat
Margot: 0418 992 166
Here is a Somatic Breathing Exercise I recorded.
Sit down and experience the effect of it in your body, notice what happens to your breathing and your ‘holding on”
Study & Experience
In 2016 I finished the Core Evolution Certificate in Integrative & Body-Oriented and Mindfulness Centred Therapy at The International Institute for Energy & Consciousness founded by Siegmar Gerken Phd. www.coreevolution.com
This approach combines well with my training in Holistic Counselling at the Holistic Living Training Institute in Victoria (2003).
I now work from my office at home in Mayfield. I started working as a therapist in The Dandenongs in Victoria, after doing my training. Here in Newcastle, I have had my own therapy business since 2013.
I have worked with people with past and current emotional trauma, accident or illness trauma, addiction, life-limiting illness, relationship issues, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, anxiety and depression.
Ring me to book your session and/or to have a chat
Margot: 0418 992 166
I have worked with a few different styles of therapy over the years but the work I do with Margot gives me such an emotional release; it helps me process and genuinely move through my issues. Not just talk about them. I know if I am ever low or let the “thoughts” rule instead of reality, I always have access to someone who will not only listen and genuinely care but also offers tools to support me and help me move past my limiting beliefs. Working with Margot is something I actually look forward to because I feel amazing and calm after every session. Thanks from me, so amazing Margot!– Simone K
Margot, Thank you so much for helping me come to terms with a bunch of issues that have gnawed away at my self-worth for years since adolescence. You skilfully and gently guided me to discover for myself that these particular monkeys on my back were not mine to own and that I could let them go. Let them go I did and it has transformed me and my relationship with my partner in very positive ways. We were both astonished at the speed and scale of this transformation and we are very grateful for your help in achieving this wonderful outcome.– Gary, Newcastle
I went to Margot for a number of counselling sessions when I felt challenged by my life situation mentally and spiritually. What I really liked in Margot’s approach was that it was holistic and that she was very creative in her methods. She helped me to “reunite” heart and brain and helped me to gain another level of awareness for my situation, always without judgement. If you are open to self-exploration and committed to creating change, then Margot is the right person to support you.– Nicole K. Newcastle
I have been a client of Margot’s for around 2 years, and in that time, she has been an incredible guide, helping me release blockages, relax into life and feel overall more peaceful. After each session with Margot, I come away feeling a deep sense of calm and peace. She is very intuitive and dedicated to helping others unlock internal secrets and desires. I look forward to every session with joy!– F. E. Newcastle
Margot holds such a warm, safe and nurturing space. I always felt welcomed and encouraged to explore things that would arise for me from session to session. Margots’ approach is both dynamic and soothing, as well as highly creative and responsive in adapting to and honouring my personal process. Working across many modalities including counselling, movement, visualisation and mindfulness created an alchemy of healing that I feel grateful to have experienced and would recommend to anyone.– A.H. Newcastle
I came to counselling with Margot because my partner and I have been fighting a lot. Not only did she help us learn how to communicate more effectively with each other, she helped us as individuals, teaching us new ways to understand ourselves. In just a few sessions I have learned many new techniques to help become more grounded and connected within myself and with my partner. Margot’s presence is calming and both my partner and I felt at ease talking with her about our troubles. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to gain a better understanding of themselves, and to learn better ways of communicating with those close to you. I look forward to my next session with Margot!– H. K., Newcastle