Holistic Psychotherapy

Transform Trauma & Remember Who You Are

We work with spiritual seekers and sensitive individuals who are yearning to go deeper on their path of psychospiritual healing and development.

Does this resonate with you?

  • You have felt (and most likely still feel, if only at times) that you don’t quite belong or fit in

  • You have felt like an exile in your family-of-origin or an outcast in the culture/society you live in 

  • You are a deep thinker and/or feeler, and you long to embrace that and experience more trust in yourself, more authenticity in your relationships, and a stronger connection with the guidance from something greater than your everyday self (God, Spirit, Nature, The Universe, Intuition, Ancestors, Guides, etc.)

  • You know that you have a specific life task, unique gifts, and a passionate love for something, but you’re not quite sure what that is, or you may know what it is but are stuck on what steps you need to take to embody that more fully in the world

  • You yearn to develop an intimate and life-long relationship with Nature

  • You are currently at a threshold, transition, or crossroads in your life, such as: a death-rebirth of identity; a change in lifestyle; a break-up, divorce, or ending of some sort; a dark night of the soul; or a strong calling to change your vocation or live in a completely new way

  • You don’t want to be fixed, nor do you want bandaid solutions for your problems or symptoms. Rather, you are seeking something more wholehearted and holistic, so that you can walk your path feeling resourced with emotional skills, psychospiritual tools, and the capacities (both internally and externally) to face the challenges and mysteries of life with more presence, authenticity and resilience  

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Trauma and Crisis Can Open Doors to Self-Discovery 

 

This path of healing, transformation, and development is no easy quest. It's certainly not overnight work. Often, the urge to embark on a path of healing comes as a deeper calling to live a more authentic life, disguised as crisis and difficulty. 

These crises, or "little deaths," are often unexpected messengers, which we believe attempt to initiate us into new ways of being, thinking, imagining, relating, and living in the world. Sometimes, it is through difficulty and immense ordeals in our lives, that we begin to discover who we authentically are at our core, beyond our everyday ego-identity.

 

These situations can show up as chronic body pain and physical illness, a mental health crisis, the death of a loved one, growing up in an abusive family, the loss of a job or a financial crisis, a devastating heart-break, a miscarriage or stillbirth, and many other forms of traumatic events. Through these intense emotional hardships and periods of uncertainty and confusion, life might be opening you into having a larger conversation with the world. You might be wondering...

Who am I truly?

What really matters to me?

How can I heal my pain and live more fully?

What is my true calling in life?

What is life teaching me, or attempting to initiate me into?

Our Approach to Healing 

Our style of therapy is body-oriented, soul-centered, and trauma-sensitive. Our approach to healing is dynamic and integrative, drawing on influences from our apprenticeship and personal experiences with Holotropic Breathwork™, our intensive in Vegetalismo in Peru, and our two-year post-graduate study in Holistic Counselling & Psychotherapy, rooted in Process-Oriented Psychology (also known as Process Work) through the Metavision Institute in Bowral, Australia. 

 

Process Work was developed by Arnold Mindell, PhD in Zurich, Switzerland in the 70s and was inspired by the ancient wisdom and contemporary work of many philosophies and schools of thought including Jungian Depth Psychology, Taoism, Shamanism and Indigenous Wisdom, and Quantum Physics.

 

Process Work is an awareness modality that allows us to find the hidden meaning and wisdom in the most irrational, unknown and disturbing aspects of our experience. This means that instead of turning away from what's difficult or unknown, or simply relieving symptoms, we turn towards the difficulty that's presenting, and become curious about its message for our lives.

In a Holistic Psychotherapy session, we may explore what's emerging in your process through: talk-therapy, role-play, dream-work, eco-therapy, drawing & art, meditation & visualization, somatic (body-based) tracking, movement & bodywork.

Areas we offer support and guidance in

  • when you are navigating challenging emotional states such as fear, shame, anger, and overwhelm 

  • when you are seeking a loving container to express all forms of grief 

  • when you are experiencing anxiety, panic attacks, or depression

  • when you are experiencing an identity crisis or a "dark night of the soul" 

  • when you are going through a major transition in life 

  • when you are wanting to heal from childhood trauma and abuse

  • when you are seeking to explore your relationship to your sexuality 

  • when you are seeking to embody a deeper intimacy, transparency, and authenticity in relationships and romantic partnerships

  • when you are wanting to reclaim your voice, develop communication skills to navigate vulnerable conversations and establish boundaries in relationships

  • when you are exhausted from living in your mind and would like to re-connect to your body's wisdom and other ways of perceiving

  • when you are experiencing unusual body symptoms, aches, and pains

  • when you are interested in or disturbed by dreams and nightmares, including sleep paralysis

  • when you are seeking to discover your gifts and explore your true calling in life

  • when you are feeling called to connect more deeply with the Earth, Nature, and Spirit

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Principles of Psychotherapy

  • We value the spiritual, transpersonal, and non-ordinary states of human experience in the quest towards wholeness. This means that we may intentionally work with altered states of consciousness to explore the hidden meaning and deeper essence behind experiences.

  • Our approach is non-pathologizing and non-diagnosing, meaning that we do not work from the traditional medical and mental health models. 

  • We acknowledge that our personal traumas are interconnected with, and inseparable from systems of oppression such as capitalism, colonialism, and patriarchy. This means that the inter-generational, environmental, and cultural facets of your human experience have a place in therapy. 

  • Our holistic style is both inner-directive and guided, hence our role is to follow your unfolding process, empowering you to listen to your inner intelligence; as well as providing direction when needed, opposed to solely giving advice or assuming the ‘expert’ position. 

  • We focus on your natural drive for wholeness and thus all aspects of self, types of experience, and states of being are respected, valued, and welcomed. Therefore, we view working with trauma, illness, loss, addiction, and crisis as potential doorways to awakening and transformation. 

How do I know if this work is for me?

As the shamanic author Carlos Castaneda says: 

 

"Does this path have a heart? If so, the path is good; if it doesn't it is of no use."

 

What do you feel stirring in your heart, dear friend?

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If you are ready to dive into your emotional, psychological and spiritual exploration, we would love to work with you...

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & FEES

Individual Sessions for Adults ~ $140 AUD / 90 minutes

 

Please Note: We currently *do not* offer medicare rebates for mental health plans and do not work with children & adolescents.

 

All payments are non-refundable

Sessions are available in-person in Alphington, Victoria, Australia and online via Zoom.

We respect and welcome individuals from diverse life experiences, cultural backgrounds, sexual preferences, and gender identifications. If you identify with being BIPOC, please note that a reduced rate is available for you.

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We acknowledge the Wurundjeri peoples of Melbourne, Australia, the traditional custodians of the land that we have the privilege of living and practicing on.

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Alphington, Victoria, Australia

contact@ahealingbridge.com

+61432016525 (Alexandre) & +61434513108 (Alyona)

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