Kristina offers a multidimensional approach to wellbeing
from the humanistic and integrative model
combining music, dance and movement, art, drama, play,
voice, breath and body work.
Psychotherapy is a means to explore whatever is bothering you in a safe and held space with another human being.
As human beings we are multidimensional
and issues can arise in many different ways.
As individuals, we require an individual approach
to discovering and creating inner resources
to cope with life’s inevitable struggles.
But what if this process itself could be a creative one,
full of wonder?
A safe and accepting therapeutic space to be yourself
Kristina draws upon a wealth of therapeutic and creative experience to support you to develop your full potential.
I am a psychotherapist registered with the UKCP, which is the UK Council for Psychotherapy, as part of the Humanistic and Integrative College.
I am also registered with ADMP which is the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy.
I adhere to both bodies’ codes of ethics which require a high level of training, a commitment to CPD and regular supervision.
I am trained to Masters Level (Level 7) and have completed CPD in areas relating to Diversity including LGBTQI+, race, disability and neurodiversity; Trauma, Gender Dysphoria, Sexual Abuse, Autism, ADHD, Attachment, Chronic Pain, Bereavement, Suicidal Thoughts, Self-harm, Eating Disorders, Sensory Processing, Working with Refugees, Anxiety, Dissociation, Depression, Self-Esteem, Shame and Guilt, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Highly sensitive people, Relationships, Developmental Language Disorder, Playback theatre, Music and Mindfulness, Therapeutic Songwriting, among many many others.
I am currently studying on a post qualification diploma in Vocal Psychotherapy and Depth Psychology with Diane Austin.
Outside of my therapy training, I also have a PG Dip in Vocal Performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, play piano and cello, and love to make pots, paint and draw, as well as write songs and poems.
I also have a qualification in baby dance, have studied basic ballroom dancing and Latin, ballet, hip hop, tap, yoga, Alexander technique and Feldenkrais. I am also a mother.
It may be that your difficulty hasn’t got a clear label and you don’t quite know what it is.
Or that you have a combination of issues you need to explore.
Maybe you just feel lost, sad, anxious, or have no sense of purpose, self-worth or connection with yourself or the world. You may need help finding confidence to move forward in a new way or coming to terms with something difficult in your life.
Sometimes it might be feeling overwhelmed, or maybe feeling angry that brings you to asking for support. Or an inability to stop and enjoy things or to engage with things you’d like to.
Maybe you’re often feeling tired or have frequent illnesses or pain. You might be experiencing sleep problems or feel zoned out, or keep acting in ways you don’t feel good about in whatever way and are finding it difficult to change.
Maybe you’re feeling frustrated because things just aren’t working out how you’d like them to be – maybe relationships are difficult or you’re having a tough time parenting or caring for a loved one.
Whatever it is, mind, body or spirit, or a combination, the creative approach can really help as it allows whatever is present in your life to unfold itself to be seen and understood in a new light.
I firmly believe that all people deserve respect no matter what their gender, race, sexuality, cultural background, disability, age or status.
I have experience of and wholeheartedly support anyone with learning difficulties of any kind, anyone on the autism spectrum, trans people and people identifying in whatever way they wish that feels right.
I also acknowledge the difficulties that these issues can present in the current social climate and the ways that this may impact mental health.
I also recognise the influence of adverse childhood and adult conditions such as poverty and neglect upon mental and physical wellbeing.
Person- centred relational ethos
I believe that we all can find and learn to listen to the power within us to do what we need to support our wellbeing, whether that be learning to reach out more or to set healthy boundaries for ourselves or the many other aspects of therapy that might be addressed.
Creativity is a great way of getting in touch with that power – the voice within.
We all need and deserve support sometimes – we are interpersonal relational beings – and we can all gain a lot from having a safe space to be heard and seen by someone else without judgement.
I believe in the power of the therapeutic relationship itself to facilitate change.
I am also a great believer in the power of connection with the environment and am interested in ecopsychotherapy.
Having someone we can turn to who is outside work, our usual friendship group and outside the family can be very helpful.
For issues that may have arisen when we were children or teenagers or even just difficult situations that are difficult to put into words, we may not yet have developed the verbal or logical means to discuss problems in ways that are offered by traditional counselling alone. In a similar way, our inner child may have been traumatised or may simply have experienced misattunement which also cannot be expressed verbally – creative approaches offer different channels for expression of these issues to be resolved.
People of all ages can benefit from learning strategies for self regulation and self soothing which is why a body based creative approach can help. Movement in particular can be a powerful way to put emotions into motion.
Current research into polyvagal theory and trauma by Stephen Porges and by Bessel van der Kolk in his book The Body Keeps the Score highlight the importance of non verbal interventions in therapy, particularly for the treatment of trauma, disrupted attachment, or when early needs were not recognised.
Often we think it is
our mind or our personality that is at fault, when actually our body is crying out for support and understanding.
Body/mind imbalances can create chronic patterns that can cause a great deal of trouble as we grow older as our body becomes less tolerant of the stresses it is under.
This multidimensional approach to therapy using voice and breathing to recalibrate the traumatised nervous system
offers the potential for a new experience of vitality and clarity in your life.
Having therapy, especially for the first time, can be a daunting process. It can take time to build up sufficient levels of trust and relationship to work through sensitive issues. Part of my job is to help you to navigate this.
Usually we will have a short conversation on the phone to discuss how we might arrange our initial meeting.
Once this is set up, in our first session we would discuss the types of things you would like to work on and the ways you would be comfortable to approach them.
For each person this will look very different and it may also evolve over time.
Some people will not want to use their voice, others prefer to talk only, some want to dip in and out of different artistic media.
Some people like to write songs with support, others want help to sing a song that expresses how they’re feeling. Other people may want to move physically with an issue to express what is inside, or draw a picture.
These are just tiny examples of fragments of how this type of therapy can work in practice but the reality is that it is different for everyone and that we work together to find what works for you.
Usually after the initial meeting, if we decide to work together, we will then make an agreement to meet once a week or at a different pace depending on your need. This is usually at the same time and place every week.
Depending on the location, sessions are usually 50 minutes to an hour long, but this also can be changed to suit your need as some people benefit from longer sessions.
We may decide to start with an initial six or twelve sessions or we may be happy to work with a more open ended longer term plan.
All terms are discussed and set mutually.
I can also offer group psychotherapy – please contact me if this is of interest. A group can often be a great way of being supported and learning to trust and relate to others with similar issues.
Examples of group therapy may be: women’s/men’s/mixed mental health, adolescent mental health, post natal groups, movement for wellbeing, group vocalisation, adult playback theatre, voice and performance therapy group, exploring authentic movement, movement for writing and many many more.
I currently work from several locations on different days of the week.
I work from the Practice Rooms in central Bath, https://thepracticerooms.co.uk/
the Quaker Centre in Bradford on Avon which has free parking,
from the therapy rooms in central Chippenham with free parking: https://the-therapyrooms.co.uk/
and from Westbury, Trowbridge and Frome.
I can however potentially work elsewhere so do ask if this is important to you.
I usually offer sessions in the daytime only.
Currently sessions start at £40 and can be as much as £120 for large group sessions of up to two hours depending on location and length of session (and number of people for group work).
Low cost sessions for those on low income are also occasionally available (£30-35).
“If you want to improve the world, start making people feel safer.”
”It is in playing and only in playing that the individual child or adult is able to be creative and to use the whole personality, and it is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self.”
©2021 Kristina Takashina