Lucy HolbrookBody psychotherapy therapist
Through Body Mind therapy and coaching I offer a powerful and effective way for you to explore your relationship with your body and mind and those aspects of your experience and habits which are not working for you in some way. I will also help you reconnect with the internal resources you already have - but may not recognise - as well as develop new ones.
There is now have a wealth of well-documented research that enables us to understand the interconnection between our biology, neurology and psychology. Body Mind therapy draws on this knowledge and is therefore well suited to helping with a wide range of issues, from the more easily identifiable such as anxiety & depression and relationship problems to non-specific issues such as feeling emotionally confused and uncertain what you want from life. The overall outcome is a sense of integration or “you at your best”. This is where you feel comfortable in your own skin and free from confusion and inner conflict; where you feel at ease with who you are and how you are living our life.
My own experience has taught me that being at our best starts with understanding ourselves. We have to do our inner learning first. Using a Body Mind approach I can help you make sense of:
what you experience in your body (sensations, feelings, muscle tension)
what goes on in your mind (thoughts, reflections, beliefs, fantasies)
how both these influence your behaviour and relationships.
The “tools” I use include talking, listening, movement, breathing, energy, attentive awareness, and touch. Any direct physical contact between us will only be with your express agreement.
I work in a relational & collaborative manner through facilitation rather than prescription. I am not there as an “expert” as I believe you are your own best expert. Rather, I offer you a compassionate safe space, acting as your guide and witness, sharing my observations and knowledge to support you in doing for yourself. For your part, a desire to learn and grow, a willingness to engage with yourself honestly and the courage to explore what might feel like the unknown will help you get the most from working with me.
I offer a free 30-minute initial consultation where I explain what a Body Mind session is like in practice, how often we might meet & how many sessions might be helpful. We will also discuss the changes or issues you would like to work on and whether Body Mind therapy or coaching would be the best approach or you.
This consultation also allows us to get a sense of each other and if we want to work together. Whilst it is essential that you feel safe and confident that you want to work with me, it is equally important for me to be clear that I can support you to be at your best.
At the first session we will spend some time discussing and agreeing more specific goals for the work we do together. Subsequent sessions will unfold in line with this initial agreement. We will review our progress regularly to ensure you are getting what you want and that we are both clear on what is working well and change anything not working so well.
Body Mind therapy is a form of body psychotherapy and is rooted in the premise that when we are unable to express what is happening on an emotional level our feelings can become embodied i.e. they can become literally trapped in our muscles and body tissues creating fixed patterns of how we hold and move our body. For example we might hunch our shoulders or clench our jaw. Likewise, our thoughts too can become embodied where our mind creates habitual or fixed internal beliefs about who we are. For example “I’m not good enough” or “I can’t cook/do maths/understand technology...”.
Workshops: I also offer psycho-educational workshops for individuals and organisations. Typically, these are experiential covering a range of personal development, wellbeing and mental health topics. You can find out more about me and my work, including my workshops, through my website in the link below.
Issues often worked with
Types of therapy
I offer a free 30 minute initial consultation either by phone or via Zoom
Thereafter sessions cost £60 and last 75 minutes
Training and qualifications
4 year Diploma in Deep Bodywork and Postural Integration with Entelia Institute for Creative Bodywork and International Centre for Release & Integration.
I am committed to my own professional and personal development and attend relevant workshops and training regularly.
I have an enhanced DBS Certificate on the Update Service.