Soul Centred Psychotherapy

Soul Centred Psychotherapy

Heal the past and grow in self awareness and wholeness.

Find out more

Soul Centred Psychotherapy

Soul Centred Psychotherapy is a therapeutic approach that was developed at The Kairos Centre in 1992. It focuses on relationship, mindfulness, lived experience, meaning, honouring, enchantment, and the sacred.

Relationship is understood as a living thing, a 'third body' that forms between two people. Soul Centred Psychotherapy also attends to our relationship with ourselves - working to develop a more vital and aware relationship between our everyday sense of self and the other layers of consciousness that we usually call the unconscious. By attending to this inner relationship, we gain insight into the internal dynamics that determine our thoughts, moods and behaviours.

The therapy process itself also involves a relationship between therapist and client. This therapeutic relationship may involve the therapist as guide, as teacher, as support person, as healer, as fellow traveller.

Mindfulness is a state of being fully present in the moment with attention available for whatever is happening. Soul Centred Psychotherapists use mindfulness practices to develop their capacity for therapeutic attention, so they can be fully present in the therapy process. Mindfulness is also used as a healing practice in the therapeutic work.

Lived, embodied experience is authentic, connected, and immediate. Soul Centred Psychotherapy works to evoke authentic, embodied experience to support connections between mind and body, thoughts and feelings, memories and current life events. It is the difference between talking about something that happened yesterday and stepping back inside the experience with all the sights, sounds, smells, body feelings and emotions.

​Meaning in Soul Centred Psychotherapy involves a sense of value and importance that is subjective rather than objective or collective. The central question is 'what does this mean to you?' So that rather than ideas of 'wrong-doing' and 'right-doing' we are working with each person's deepest value and meaning.

This is closely related to the idea of honouring whatever emerges in a therapy session. This can take the form of drawing or painting an image, sculpting a form in clay, writing in a journal or moving to music. This creative expression of the inner material that comes into awareness (as images, symbols, memories, sensations or sounds) is a way of valuing its importance and developing ongoing relationship with soul.

'Enchantment is a spell that comes over us, an aura of fantasy and emotion that can settle on the heart' (Thomas Moore: The Reenchantment of Everyday Life). This involves a sense of mystery in which we find value, love and union with the world around us by attending to the rhythms and cycles of nature, the moon, the seasons, and our own mind-body systems.

​The idea of the sacred follows from meaning, honouring, and enchantment. This is similar to Jung's idea of the Self as the central organising principle of the psyche, as well as the idea of the anima mundi or world soul.

In Soul Centred Psychotherapy some of the great myths that have informed humanity are studied and brought present in the form of story, images, and enactment. This can take the form of rituals that develop spontaneously in a session or are planned over several sessions.

​Soul Centred psychotherapy works to develop a more conscious, manageable and creative relationship with the internal processes that have blocked people's most intense, profound, and honest relation to life. It also works to develop a rich appreciation of the soul's reality and to nurture its depth and genius.

Soul Centred Psychotherapy attends to the human experience through the everyday stuff of life: our thoughts, emotions, body sensations and symptoms, and the relationships we have with others and the world. Value, meaning, and healing emerge from within each person's unique process of inner work rather than from any external ideal of health, wealth, or happiness. In this sense, therapy is not about fixing something that is broken, but about attending to the rich language of soul as it manifests in our day to day lives.

Read below for a more detailed explanation of the therapeutic modalities involved in Soul Centred Psychotherapy.

Top

Mindfulness

Mindfulness

Learn to be an observer of your experience and become less disturbed by it.

Find out how

Mindfulness

Mindfulness originated in the ancient traditions of the East and has been researched, incorporated and adopted by the West as a stress reducing and healing practice. It improves the immune system and speeds recovery from negative and painful physical and emotional experiences. Basically, it is attending to your experience in the moment including thoughts, feelings and body sensations. It is learning to be a non-judgemental observer of your own experience with openness and curiosity.

With the practice of mindfulness, it is possible to become less disturbed and reactive to your experience; to develop inner calm and peace and learn to develop self acceptance and compassion. Mindfulness is a helpful technique for issues like anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, stress, trauma, grief, anger, addictions, low self-esteem, or life transitions.

Top

Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Learn to relax your body and mind.

Find out how

Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Parts of our bodies naturally tense up in response to stress, anxiety, fear or pain. Common areas are shoulders, jaw, hands or abdomen. If the tension happens often or is severe, the muscles lock up and cause pain or other symptoms. Practising the technique of Progressive Muscle Relaxation releases the muscles, the body and the mind.

This is done by taking your attention to each muscle group in turn and either resting your awareness there for a few minutes, or tensing the muscle and then releasing it and noticing the difference. This results in the tension melting away, and being replaced by a calm and relaxed state. Progressive muscle relaxation is also a helpful tool for trauma, grief, addictions or sleep difficulties.

Top

Tapping, TFT, EFT

Tapping, TFT, EFT

Unblock the flow of the body's natural energy.

Find out how

Tapping, TFT, EFT

Tapping, Thought Field Therapy (TFT), Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or Energy Psychology are similar techniques that unblock the flow of the body's natural energy. Extensive research in mind-body healing has linked illness or disease to a disruption or blockage in the body's energy system or nerve channels. There is also a corresponding connection between the mind and the body in relation to all emotions.

You will learn how to tap on designated points on the body, corresponding to meridians from Traditional Chinese Medicine, restoring the free flow of this energy. At the same time, the issue causing concern is verbalised, followed by a statement of acceptance. These two techniques restore the natural balance of the mind body-system reducing or eliminating the issue of concern. Treatment may also be combined with muscle testing or kinesiology to eliminate deeper blockages in relation to the issue that may be outside conscious awareness. Tapping can be helpful for a myriad of conditions such as anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, stress, trauma, grief, anger, addictions, low self-esteem, or life transitions.

Top

Focusing

Focusing

Connect to the innate wisdom of the mind-body system to gain a new perspective.

Find out how

Focusing

Focusing is a process of deep inner attention to the felt sense in the body. With each response to a life situation, there is a thought, feeling and a body sense. Often our bodies carry hurts, wounds, resentments, fears, grief, anger, experiences or memories that have become stuck. This can leave the body becoming blocked, carrying stress and trauma.

Through the process of Focusing the innate wisdom of the mind-body system gently unravels the blockage, often bringing words, images, movements or knowings. By following this process and using the body's natural rhythm, it is possible to overcome many difficulties in our lives and bring a new perspective beyond thoughts and feelings.

Focusing may be helpful for anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, stress, trauma, grief, anger, addictions, low self-esteem or life transitions.

Top

Bi-Lateral Stimulation Processing

Bi-Lateral Stimulation Processing

Overcome any past trauma and reconnect to the enjoyment of life.

Find out more

Bi-Lateral Stimulation Processing, EMDR

Our mind-body system responds to a stressful or traumatic event by storing beliefs, feelings, images and body sensations. If the mind-body system has not been able to process or make sense of an event, symptoms of trauma may still be plaguing us, such as flashbacks, nightmares and body sensations. Behaviour may also be influenced by avoiding certain situations or people. Anxiety and fear may be prevalent.

A traumatic or fractured event stored in the mind-body system requires safe and ease-full processing in order for it to be integrated. That is to make sense of the circumstance and the situation. Bi-Lateral Stimulation Processing achieves this with speed and ease. It has risen out of the body of research on mind-body approaches to healing, including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Energy Psychology. The stressful material is processed using eye movements and bi-lateral sound or kinaesthetic processing. The painful memories move through your system, bringing a new sense of understanding and well-being. The trauma is integrated with a new perspective, bringing relief from unwanted symptoms.

Bi-Lateral Stimulation Processing is also helpful for depression, relationship difficulties, stress, anger, addictions, or low self-esteem. This tool is also great for developing a new or enhancing an existing positive resource, capacity or skill such as playing a musical instrument or improving sports performance.

Top

Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy

 Become more receptive to change from a pleasant relaxed state.

Find out more

Hypnotherapy

Being in a state of trance is a common occurrence in everyday life. Some examples are being deeply involved in a movie or a book and not noticing anything else around you; daydreaming or dancing. Hypnotherapy is simply the use of trance for therapeutic purposes.

Hypnotherapy involves being in a pleasant relaxed state where a deeper part of the mind is more receptive to direct change. New ways may be found for undesirable patterns and habits, as well as accessing positive states and creativity. Hypnotherapy may be helpful for anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, grief, anger, addictions, low self-esteem or life transitions.

This modality is also great for developing a new or enhancing an existing positive resource, capacity or skill such as playing a musical instrument or improving sports performance.

Top

Sand Play Therapy

Sand Play Therapy

Resolve your issues quickly and effectively.

Find out more

Sand Play Therapy

Sand Play Therapy is a wholistic modality incorporating art, expression and symbol work. Your inner conflicts, voices or dilemmas are represented through the use of figurines and objects. These are arranged in a sand tray. Your story emerges and you connect to your feelings. Through expression, movement, or sound, a process occurs. The process is guided by your own inner healing mechanism, supported by the therapist. You emerge, clearer, more resourced and with greater understanding of your situation, empowered by your own solutions.

This modality works through issues quickly and effectively. It is tailored to your preferred way of working, whether it is telling your story, or expressing yourself through art or movement.

Sand Play Therapy may be helpful with anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, stress, trauma, grief, anger, addictions, low self-esteem, difficult decisions or life transitions. This modality is also great for developing a new or enhancing an existing positive resource, capacity or skill.

Top

Art and Expressive Therapy

Art and Expressive Therapy

Express your deep self with art or movement.

Find out more

Art and Expressive Therapy

When we use language, we are using one part of our mind. Sometimes memories, feelings or body sensations are difficult to express with words. In this case they may be easier expressed using imagery, movement or sounds. Imagery includes drawing, painting or sculpting with clay. Movements may involve following your body's urge to move in a certain way in response to your issue, allowing a process to unfold. Sometimes, a sound is what is being called for to facilitate expression.

These processes allow access to your issues in a different way than using language. Such expression facilitates understanding, healing and growth.

Art and Expressive Therapy may be helpful with depression, relationship difficulties, stress, trauma, grief, anger, addictions, low self-esteem, difficult decisions or life transitions. This modality is also great for developing a new or enhancing an existing positive resource, capacity or skill.

Top

Symbol Work

Symbol Work

Resolve your inner conflict and get perspective on your situation.

Find out how

Symbol Work

Sometimes it is difficult to get a perspective on your inner or outer conflict. It may feel like there are strong needs or inner voices that pull you in different directions. Or you may be caught in a dynamic with family members or people at work.

Symbol work involves using small objects or figurines to enact these inner or outer dynamics. This helps to get perspective, clears your understanding and allows for new solutions to arise from your deeper mind.

Symbol work may be helpful with depression, relationship difficulties, stress, trauma, anger, addictions, low self-esteem, difficult decisions or life transitions. This modality is also great for developing a new or enhancing an existing positive resource, capacity or skill for example the creative part of you that always wanted to paint or write.

Top

Working with Parts

Working with Parts

Understand your inner dynamic to find more internal choice and freedom.

Find out more

Working with Parts

Have you ever noticed how sometimes there are different voices inside your head wanting different things. For example you may say “A part of me wants to quit this job, yet a part really likes it”. We all have many different parts of ourselves that have different needs and wants. Some other examples of parts are inner critic, people pleaser, inner child, selfish one, logical one, emotional one. Often these inner selves are in conflict with each other. Some of them are outside our awareness, yet still influencing our behaviour. This may cause us stress, confusion, anxiety or becoming stuck and unable to make any decisions.

The modality of Working with Parts is based on other well known techniques like Psychodrama, Ego State Therapy, Voice Dialogue and Gestalt Empty Chair. This includes identifying and getting to know many parts of self; negotiating through inner conflict to find some cooperation, alliance and balance within. As well as developing a core part of yourself that can observe, and manage these different selves. This is often called the observing or aware ego, or witness.

With this work, inner conflicts are resolved and more choice and freedom is available. More self acceptance is also a common result. Working with parts may also be helpful for depression, relationship difficulties, stress, trauma, anger, addictions, low self-esteem, difficult decisions or life transitions. This modality is also great for developing a new or enhancing an existing positive resource, capacity or skill for example the creative part of you that always wanted to paint or write.

Top

Empty Chair or Letter Writing

Empty Chair or Letter Writing

Resolve deep emotional blocks with a person or situation.

Find out how

Empty Chair or Letter Writing

When there is conflict or unresolved issues with another person or situation, there is often tension, stress, or avoidance of the person or the situation. Rather than just talking about it, you are invited to participate in a process where the person or thing is imagined to be present in a chair in the therapy room. You then proceed to talk to this difficulty.

This process gets you in touch with the feelings and deeper things that are going on in your mind and body outside your awareness. This results in more understanding, clarity and resolve with the conflict and where new solutions and ways to move forward emerge.

Sometimes the feelings in relation to your issue are very intense or the idea of talking to an empty chair is too intimidating. In this case a less intense version of this modality is to write a letter to the person or thing in difficulty. This may be done privately without sharing with the therapist, however still very effective in unblocking stuck emotions. The letter does not need to be sent to the person in question, it is for your own therapeutic purposes.

Empty Chair or Letter Writing may be helpful with relationship difficulties or loss and grief.

Top

Therapeutic Ritual

Therapeutic Ritual

Get help with moving to a new stage of development.

Find out more

Therapeutic Ritual

Ritual has been practised by people in every generation and culture marking events throughout individual and community life cycle. Some common examples are birthday celebration, coming of age ceremony, wedding or funeral. Ritual often involves the use of symbols and ceremony - for example lighting candles, exchanging of rings, eating special food or wearing special clothes. This taps into the unconscious mind aiding with transformation and healing.

Sometimes a life transitional process becomes stuck due to unresolved inner conflicts. For example a young person wants to move out of home but is unable to do so, perhaps due to guilt feelings towards a parent. Sometimes a person is haunted by a tragic loss or trauma and is unable to move on.

Therapeutic Ritual is a process where the therapist and client(s) in collaboration, develop a ritual to facilitate growth, healing and transformation. The actual ritual may be performed privately or be witnessed by family and friends. It may be very short and simple, or may involve a lengthy ceremony outside the therapy room like on the beach.

The ritual process may aid with moving to a new stage of development or facilitate a process of inner restoration. Therapeutic Ritual may be helpful with relationships, trauma or abuse, loss and grief, and life stages or transitions.

Top

Chakra Healing

Chakra Healing

Unblock and restore your Chakras to connect to your well-being.

Find out more

Chakra Healing

The Chakra system originated in the ancient traditions of the East. Basically, there are 7 main energy centres located along the central line of our bodies from the base of the spine to the top of the head. These energy centres - chakras are spinning wheels of activity that receive, assimilates and express our life force energy. They are involved in our physical, mental, and emotional functions. The chakras are constantly rotating and vibrating. When a chakra is blocked or wide open and the energy does not flow harmoniously, this will result in imbalance that is manifested in all areas of life.

Chakra Healing is based on mind-body healing that makes the premise that illness or disease is due to a disruption or blockage in the body’s energy system. Treatment includes systematically clearing undesirable beliefs and patterns from each chakra, followed by rebalancing and installation of a desirable belief. This modality incorporates muscle testing or kinesiology to eliminate deeper blockages outside conscious awareness in relation to the issue.

Chakra Healing may be helpful for a myriad of conditions such as depression, stress, trauma, anger or low self-esteem.

Top

Muscle Testing, Kinesiology

Muscle Testing, Kinesiology

Discover and unblock limiting beliefs that are preventing you from achieving your goals.

Find out more

Muscle Testing, Kinesiology

Muscle testing or Applied Kinesiology is a technique that communicates with your body to access information beyond conscious awareness. It is based on the recent advances in mind-body healing and Traditional Chinese Medicine which assume that the body stores and carries trauma and unresolved issues in various organs and parts.

The process involves applying gentle pressure on your arm to test for muscle response while verbalising a question or a statement in relation to the issue of concern. The muscle will either respond as strong or weak. This is like the body saying “yes” or “no” to the question or statement proposed.

Using such questions and answers, it is possible to discover limiting beliefs or blocks that are stopping you from being the person that you want to be or achieving the goals that you desire. Once the blocks are discovered, they can be cleared using energy clearing techniques like rubbing certain meridian points or Tapping. Muscle Testing may be used with any of the Therapeutic Modalities to access and clear deeper blockages outside your conscious awareness.

Top

Dream Work

Dream Work

Explore your dreams to discover your deep authentic self.

Find out more

Dream Work

Dreams are a normal and creative expression of one’s unconscious mind. They may reflect issues that are unexpressed during waking consciousness. Dreams may allow the dreamer to find resolutions to problems, thus preparing for future activities or events. Sometimes dreams reflects the dreamer’s waking life, bringing new insight about events and action that may be taken. Dreams may be representative of various parts of one self that might need integrating or difficult feelings that could be worked through and accepted. Dream symbols and imagery are personal to each individual.

Working with dreams provides a vital means of linking unconscious and conscious messages to gain new and deep meaning and understanding about yourself or your life. There are many ways to engage with a dream, however all approaches are collaborative with you, the dreamer and work with your personal meaning and symbols.

Dreams offer a window into the deep hidden part of your mind that may be inaccessible by any other means. Therefore, working with your dreams can bring new insight and direction for your life that is unique and profound.

Top

Myth, Metaphor & Story

Myth, Metaphor & Story

Build a relationship with your unconscious mind to grow in self awareness and wholeness.

Find out more

Myth, Metaphor & Story

Metaphor is a form of symbolic language that has been used for centuries as a method of expression or teaching in many fields. Traditional stories, literature, poetry and fairy tales all make use of metaphor to convey an idea in an indirect way that speaks to us on a deep level. Similarly, metaphor, myth and story can carry a significant meaning in a therapeutic setting. Whether, it is identifying with a classic or modern story, or constructing your own personal myth. A personal myth may also consist of symbolic imagery and metaphor having cross cultural similarity to classic mythology, fairy tales or modern novels and movies. It could include classic characters and archetypes as an expression of universal human tendencies and experiences. A myth or story is able to express contradictions that are difficult for the conscious mind to hold.

Working with mythic imagery in a therapeutic context can help move toward integration of difficult unconscious material. When a mythic image or character has relevance, there is an innate knowing or identification with it in the psyche beyond logical thought. Through a process called Active Imagination, personal imagery and mythic symbolism is able to be accessed and engaged with. Active Imagination is a meditative, dream like process, where facilitated by the therapist, you engage and dialogue with your own emerging mythic symbols. Through this process, a mythic narrative may grow that has immediate relevance to your psychological state.

By engaging in this way, you are building a relationship with your own unconscious contents, sometimes denied or lost aspects of self, thus growing in self awareness and wholeness. This sheds light on perceptions, expectations and conflicts, as well as inspires hope, strength and resilience. Exploring metaphor, myth and story whether classical, traditional, modern or personal, may be beneficial in developing a sense of control and personal growth. This may be helpful for depression, low self esteem, difficult decisions or life transitions. Engaging with myth is also great for developing a new or enhancing an existing positive resource, capacity or skill, for example the creative part of you that always wanted to dance or sing.

Top