Our counselling and psychotherapy service is delivered by professionally qualified and registered practitioners who deliver up to date clinical approaches for a diverse range of mental and emotional health needs. All our practitioners and are experienced in supporting individuals and/or couples and families with symptoms and issues concerning:
• Stress, anxiety and depression
• Bereavement, grief and loss
• Life crisis
• Eating disorders
• Self harm
• Loss of meaning and purpose
Appointments can be booked with the therapists listed on our website or by phoning the Centre and booking online. Each counsellor or psychotherapist works with their clients individually.
Other treatments are also available at the Centre should you wish to enquire about these with your therapist. These include nutritional advice, massage therapy, therapeutic art, eurythmy therapy, Life Coaching and group work.
At Elysia we work with insights into how physical, soul and spiritual health are inter-related. Such insights develop new awareness for creating a healing path that enables the client to establish their well-being anew.
Medical Doctor – Anthroposophic
Anthroposophic doctors are all conventionally trained Physicians with additional training in the use and prescribing of anthroposophical medicine. This is an integrated approach to medicine, which combines anthroposophic and homeopathic medicines, which safely complement conventional health care. This approach addresses the individual’s physical constitution, social environment and biography; in effect a bio-psycho-social approach to health and healing. It has been particularly effective at helping people with complex and long-term health problems whilst also offering a preventative approach to health care. Consultations with the doctor sometimes include recommendations for supporting treatments, for example massage, art, eurythmy or counselling. To see more on how anthroposophical doctors are trained see http://www.anthroposophic-drs-training.org/anthroposophic-medicine/
There are many approaches to art therapy, from focusing on personal balance and harmony to psychotherapeutically oriented art therapy where one works more directly with life questions and challenges. Combining healing images with self-expression, art can be used as a meditative process, helping to alleviate stress and anxiety. Engaging in the creative process often leads to change and growth, promoting health. Exploring life experiences through colour and form, therapeutic art/art therapy can help to address physical symptoms and emotional pain.
Our therapists offer a wide range of skills within this discipline.
Physiotherapy, aims to enhance and restore movement and quality of life where someone’s ability to move and perform functional activities in everyday life is limited. This could be due to illness, injury, surgery, or other disability.
Physiotherapy can be beneficial for a wide range of conditions where aches and pains, muscular strains and sprains, poor circulation and movement restrictions need to be addressed.
Different techniques can be applied such as manipulation, exercises, soft tissue techniques and massage aiming to improve mobility and strength, releasing muscular tension and improving circulation contributing to relaxation and wellbeing.
Hypnosis & Relaxation Therapy
Using the natural state of hypnosis to help people achieve the changes that they want to make. As a Hypnotherapist, my role is to facilitate this change in partnership with the client. Hypnosis has its own benefits, however, when combined with thoughtful, tailor-made therapy it’s an extremely effective tool to enable change. Hypnotherapy can help a person tackle a wide variety of issues including:
• Overcoming personal barriers
• Eliminating unwanted habits
• Improving confidence and self-esteem
Healing emotional wounds
This is designed to give the client tools and strategies for managing their own personal anxieties and stresses. As the therapist, my role is to detail the client’s need for relaxation and work in partnership with them to design a course of therapy. Clients are then able to take ownership for the change to happen in their lives. Relaxation Therapy helps to:
• Identify triggers
• Promote positivity
• Improve health and well-being
• Reduce anxiety and stress
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Kinesiology or, more properly, energy kinesiology, is a therapeutic meeting of East and West – a combination of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and methods discovered in chiropractic and osteopathy. Kinesiology’s unique and highly versatile tool is muscle testing, which is a way of communicating directly with the body or unconscious.
Muscle testing can be used to get information from the body about what is beneficial or detrimental to it. This information might be about levels of stress, stressors or the causes of stress; energy (qi) imbalances and how they can best be corrected; whether, which and how much of a supplement or other remedy is useful; which foods and nutrients are required for optimum health or performance; the identification of allergens; and so on.
Kinesiology is based on three amazing discoveries:
(1) Muscles can be tested for their integrity and indicate a stressed (unlocking muscle) or unstressed (locking muscle) response to any stimulus.
(2) Different muscles have an association with specific energy channels (or meridians). This means that individual meridian energy imbalances can be monitored through muscle testing. Interventions from chiropractic, osteopathy and TCM can restore the proper functioning of the muscle and correct energy imbalances, thereby contributing to better health and improved posture.
(3) Through testing a muscle, unconscious information can be presented to consciousness. For example, a person recalls an event and muscle testing reveals whether or not the event is stressful to the person in the present. Equally, when this stress has been healed, muscle testing will indicate this.
Muscle testing is an extraordinarily versatile tool, and kinesiology has opened up a whole new area of effective and verifiable healing methods.
Touch for Health training
4 levels x 3 days each level
This training, suitable for both lay people and health professionals, requires no previous training or experience. The qualification, which is four levels delivered three days per level (though there is no obligation to complete all the levels and a certificate is achieved for each level), is certified by the International Kinesiology Conference (IKC), and respected internationally. Touch for Health, developed from Applied Kinesiology, is the most well known kinesiology training and is regarded as the basis of all other kinesiology systems.
For the lay person this training provides extremely useful tools that can be applied to friends and family to restore and maintain health, and is a wonderful experience for self-development.
For the professional, or aspiring professional, it provides methods and tools that can considerably enhance any health practice, and is the basis of all further kinesiology training.
For more information about Touch For Health:
Developed by Tom Bowen, this is a safe and effective form of treatment suitable for all ages. The technique consists of a series of gentle moves on various parts of the body, applied with fingers and thumbs. It is gentle, relaxing and non-invasive.
It can be performed through light clothing. The basic treatment sequence can be effective in helping to relieve everyday stresses, and revitalise the whole person. More complex moves can address specific problems.
This is a safe and non-invasive muscle release therapy developed by Remedial Therapist Ross Emmett. The method uses light finger pressure at specific locations to initiate a gentle release of tension.
It is useful to address pain and discomfort and improve movement restrictions, typically in neck, shoulder and back. The results are usually immediate. The treatment can be applied directly to the body or through light clothing.
Cancer Care – Mistletoe Therapy
A cancer diagnosis can be a traumatic event. Many feelings arise such as uncertainty, fear and anxiety. Many people experience a sense of urgency that some form of treatment should start soon.
Mistletoe Therapy (Viscum) is now well-known world wide as a well-researched and well thought of cancer treatment. This has the possibility of being given alongside any conventional treatment.
Anthroposophic Medicine, which developed the Mistletoe Therapy, can also offer help and support to the cancer patient. An anthroposophic doctor will be able to oversee the Mistletoe injections and also give general medical support to the patient.
At the Elysia Centre there are, in addition, various therapies available which have arisen out of the same understanding that address the whole person. Many of these therapies have been found to be particularly helpful to the patient suffering from cancer. The art of movement, called Eurythmy, has been developed into a remarkable transformative therapy with special sequences of movements which work with the formative principles in nature and can bring healing to specific illnesses.
The physical body can be addressed directly with the gentle but deeply acting Rhythmical Massage and the Nursing massage technique Rhythmical Einreibung.
Deep existential questions often arise at this time around the meaning of life. There can be a need to work through various pressing life issues. Biographical Counselling, or Psychotherapy can be helpful, as can a support group such as the Oasis Group. The search for meaning can be greatly supported by looking at the pathways of our biography, or through therapeutic art and conversation. The heightened awareness of one’s own mortality may spur one on to want to bring more meaning and creativity into one’s life. There is much to be explored through the artistic therapies via the mediums of colour, Therapeutic Art, Modelling, Sculpture Therapy, and Speech Formation.
Appropriate Nutritional and dietary advice will also be important.
Reflexology is a therapy that is applied to the feet (or hands) which has a profound, relaxing and harmonising effect on the whole body.
The treatment consists of gently applying massage movements or pressure onto particular areas of the feet (reflex zones). Reflexology can also be considered as an alternative for people who may feel uncomfortable with a whole body massage. Sessions last about an hour and are usually experienced as deeply relaxing.
It is possible to come for a single session of Reflexology, or for a series of treatments.
Please enquire as to what would suit you best. Our therapists are also available if you would like to ask about how Reflexology could help with any particular physical conditions.
Modern Reflexology was fully developed in 1930 with the creation of charts mapping out the reflex zones of the feet and hands. This was based on scientific research showing that the stimulation of specific areas of the feet or hands has a balancing effect on the corresponding parts of the body. However Reflexology has existed in many cultures, such as Egypt, India and China for centuries.