Treating the body as a whole

I strongly believe that we are equally formed of mind and body and that we should be treated as a whole and that it isn’t possible to separate the two. I am interested in how the mind affects the body and vice versa and how emotional experiences are felt in the body.

Traumatic or difficult experiences can be stored in the body and become fixed, possibly creating an imbalance in the body. By working with the body these experiences can be released. We may explore this together through observing subtle changes in posture or noticing sensations and gestures when speaking about a particular subject.

The scientific and medical communities are gaining more acceptance of links between mind and body. We are already aware of the effect that excessive stress can have on our bodies – such as headache, upset stomach, raised blood pressure, problems sleeping and skin conditions, there are many other examples that could be added. It only takes a few steps to see that other emotions are felt in the body, for example when we are nervous we feel butterflies in our stomach. With this in mind imagine the impact of feeling an emotion like anger, resentment or fear could have on your body. Sometimes the body has psychical symptoms to let us know that we need to pay attention to specific issues, this might be a stomach ulcer, reoccurring headaches or a rash on the skin. Exploring physical issues can help us explore what the body is trying to say. We can work together to find a way to release or resolve the emotions that have been expressed in the physical body.

If you were able to stop and listen what might your body be trying to tell you?


My qualifications:

  • BSc (Hons) in Integrative Counselling – Middlesex University
  • Advanced Diploma – Integrative Counselling – Matrix College of Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Diploma - Integrative Counselling - Matrix College of Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Certificate - Integrative Counselling - Matrix College of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Hermione Brown