Our work with you starts from the premise that our behaviour starts in our body with an emotional reaction to experience. Some of these emotions, if we do not mange them well, cause us problems in the way we feel, think and act.
Breaking free of our problematic feelings, thoughts and behaviours involves paying attention to and regulating these emotions, particularly those of our threat brain, which is that part of us which is alert to and responds to real or imagined danger. If our threat brain is always ‘on’ we will feel anxious, tired and unwell, and our behaviours will be less effective.
Unfortunately we often don’t pay attention to our emotions. In our fast-paced world, we live in the realm of thought and action, forgetting that feeling, and before that emotion, underpin all we think and do. When we are able to notice and appraise our emotions more carefully, we become less likely to get caught up in reactive or ‘mindless’ habitual behaviours, including our sometimes destructive relational choices and patterns.
Therapy in the Dialogue Space enables individuals and families to safely explore
- How your biological heritage (nature) and your individual experiences (nurture) combine to create who you are and motivate what you do.
- The unconscious forces that trigger your reactive or unwanted feelings, thoughts and behaviours - and how to manage them.
- How to regulate your emotions – particularly those of your threat brain - to become more resilient and centered in yourself and your relationships.
- How to cultivate the strength to deal with life challenges that throw us off centre such as redundancy, workplace stress, divorce, bereavement, ageing and ill health.
- How to understand and break the habits of feeling, thinking and behaving that are no longer helpful to you.