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Emotional distress

Our emotions are one of the most powerful forces inside us determining our behaviour and the way we interact with the world. There are limits to amount of emotional challenge we can deal with at any one time, and if too much comes our way, we can often feel overwhelmed, and emotions lurk unresolved in our system to be dealt with when we can better deal with them. Craniosacral therapy helps us process unresolved emotions, freeing up our systems so that we feel less overwhelmed, much calmer and on top of things.

Introducing a contact that is respectful and considers a deep need for clear and safe boundaries is very liberating for people who have experienced physical, sexual or emotional abuse. People who are unable to let go of a difficult past experience often feel trapped in a state of confusion and anxiety, and can become even more distressed by the simple fact that they cannot be themselves anymore.

Craniosacral therapy works with great sensitivity and brings a sense of what really feels OK and safe for you. For example, even though people lying on the couch say they are OK, they may not be aware that in fact their body is giving a clear indication that it is not happy or comfortable. Julian can feel protective mechanisms and areas of numbness that you might not be aware of, and can respond more appropriately than you might be able to. Its much easier to be objective and clear with someone else's system than our own, and when your nervous system is treated with a much deeper care, with much greater care and clarity, this is when you are able to open up and let go far more than you would do normally. Honouring your body's detailed reactions and giving plenty of space can help you let go of tension that you didn't know was there. As you relax and start to open up, your system can learn to trust again and feel comfortable with someone else’s presence or contact.

When someone is going through powerful emotions such as grief, or anger, Julian can help the situation become more manageable by getting in touch with the body and how the emotions are held there. For example, if someone has an argument with their partner and is punched in the face, their nervous system will remember this in several layers: where they were when it happened, what they were arguing about, a sense of anger, mistrust, fear etc, where they were hit, how the body reacted before and after this act, etc. The memory will be stored in conjunction with what the body experienced. If the person is overwhelmed by this situation, the affected body parts will also go into overwhelm and will be holding themselves in a particular way. The point is, most experience is not just a mental thing, it includes the body's reaction too.

All too often emotions are dealt with on a mental level, leaving out the physical container of emotion, so the situation is only half-processed. Craniosacral therapy is centred on the body, and allows your mental, emotional, and physical side to connect and release, allowing for a much fuller process to take place and leave you feeling much clearer. Julian can be in discussion with you as you explain your feelings, and be in touch with the relevant part of your system at the same time, integrating your body’s response with the emotional response. It is usually much easier to release emotional difficulties when a link between the mind and body are established.

Alternatively, some people find it very hard putting their emotions into words. Working directly with the body can be a more comfortable way of expressing feelings held inside for those who find it difficult expressing things verbally. Craniosacral therapy works with what feels comfortable for you.

Julian has a considerable amount of experience working with sensitive issues such as coming to terms with sexuality, rape, violence, drug related issues, depression, and bereavement. He has learnt that emotions are much easier to manage when linked directly your the body. When you know where something affects you, you are much more able to deal with it. He will help you get in touch with this.


Please note
Julian also offers Core Process Psychotherapy, combining a Buddhist foundation with Western Psychotherapy skills.

Although this approach does not use hands-on contact, body and energetic awareness is still very central to the work.

Core Process work provides support for:

relationship difficulties
loss of direction
loneliness and isolation
addictive behaviour
spiritual crisis
depression and anxiety
overwhelm after a life change

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