Using space to create therapeutic movement

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We experience our world spatially, space has an impact on us.  You probably have a favourite seat in your living room, and it probably makes a difference to you if things are not where you habitially put them. You most likely also have preferences for how close people can be to you, and this will vary person by person. These are just a few examples of the way we interact with space, and how our comfort levels can vary according to what happens in space.   

Recently, I have been reminded of the importance of using space as a way to unstick, and to find new information.  Simply encouraging clients to move and use the space available can be extremely helpful in unlocking access to what they know, somewhere in their system, that is not apparent yet to their conscious mind.

Clients might use different spaces in the room to represent different perspectives, perhaps seeing things through the eyes of someone else, or even through the eyes of a different part of themselves.  Or we might use space to represent time, with spaces for the past, present and future to explore what they know from different time perspectives.  Or we may use in an emergent way, finding spaces that call to them in the moment, and discovering what they know from each location, building a spatial network of insight that helps them move forwards with the issue they have in mind.

Therapy is a place where people come to get unstuck, in a wide variety of contexts.  Using space is a powerful way of enabling this.  If you move your body, you change your mind.

Ask yourself, where do I feel called to be to learn something new today?  Experience your world in a spatially different way, and you just might unlock information you had no idea was there.

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Fe Robinson, Psychotherapist

Hi. I'm Fe, and I'm here to help you thrive, whatever life brings. I believe every client is unique, I work with you to help you explore, discover and grow in whatever ways are right for you. I work with a wide range of clients, both long and short term. I offer Psychotherapy, EMDR therapy and Couples Counselling to UK clients online and in Durham in North-East England. I am UKCP Accredited and an EMDR Europe Practitioner, and offer Clinical Supervision to counsellors and psychotherapists online and in person. Following a career in Organisation Development I became a therapist because it's my heart work. Before having my family and starting my private practice I worked in the NHS and mental health charities.

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