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20th July 2018 

Embodied-Relational Therapy

ERT is an holistic integrative approach focusing on two facts about human beings: we are embodied and in relationship. To be alive we need to be a body, to be alive we need to relate to others; our greatest challenges and our greatest joys follow from this.

The fundamental assumption of Embodied-Relational Therapy is that we all do the best we possibly can - the best that we know so far. Each individual has come up with a brilliant solution to the conditions in which they have found themselves - the optimum style of relating, the optimum balance between body and spirit. Equally, each person is seeking, consciously or unconsciously, to change their behavioural style in accordance with current conditions - which may be very different from the conditions in which we grew up. Whatever appears in a person's life as a problem, a symptom, a conflict, can also be understood as an incomplete attempt to change and grow.

ERT takes a position of profound trust that what ever is trying to happen in someone's life needs to happen, and whatever needs to happen is trying to happen.*

*from the Erthworks website, click here to read more

Bringing therapy into the Wild, and Wildness into Therapy

Wild Therapy is an approach developed by Nick Totton, and carried forward by Nick along with (so far) Kamalamani, Jayne Johnson, Leonie Guest and Lucy Messervy. It is concerned with the polarised themes of wildness and domestication which run throughout human history and culture. Wild Therapy points out that mainstream psychotherapy and counselling have become too identified with domestication and associated concepts like boundaries, objectivity and control; it seeks to rebalance therapy - and in the long run, human culture - with a good dollop of wildness, spontaneity, boundlessness and passion.

For this purpose, we take therapy outdoors, to encounter the other-than-human and the more-than-human - animals, birds, plants, trees, hills, rivers, winds, dreams, ghosts, spirits. Spending time ‘in nature’ can help us appreciate that we are never anywhere else, always inhabiting and encountering our own nature in all its wondrous strangeness. Then we bring the outdoors back into the therapy room, allowing it to reshape our therapeutic practice in unexpected ways.*

* for more about Wild Therapy go here

...we are all hungry for a relationship with land, with place, with our bodies... (Rust, 2008)