1-1 Sessions

1-1 Sessions with Melanie Johnson

I provide a safe container and reliable relationship, allowing an opportunity to reflect, explore and be inspired, free from the roles, restrictions and risk of judgment so often present in other relationships and settings.

I approach therapy from a basis of compassion. I’ve concluded that everyone is doing the best they can, often in challenging circumstances.

The following are aspects of my way of working.

Psychotherapeutic Counselling

The therapy space it your space and time, so you can bring whatever feels relevant or important. My role is to meet you where you are.

I trust the individual’s capacity for healing, and I work in a way that facilitates that natural process. This tends to involve a movement from the head to the heart, from thinking to sensing, and deepening of the embodied experience. And, at the same time, opening to the spaciousness, connection, and innate sense of well-being that is always present – even if it has become covered over.

Bringing these principles into therapy provides a powerful but gentle way of engaging with inner elements such as emotions and mental states, which can be met and navigated effectively and safely through these means.

Through following the organic process over time, certain themes and elements emerge and bring themselves into the space for contemplation and integration.

And as therapy progresses, there tends to be a deepening connection to inner knowing and inner resources; new perspectives emerge, and old coping strategies can be released as more creative and nuanced ways of relating to life appear.

As well as traditional counselling, I offer meditations and embodied explorations that can provide new resources and fresh insights into states and situations.

Previous clients regularly use words like ‘deep’ or ‘powerful’ about their work with me. That said, my work is also trauma-informed and appropriately paced.

“If there is one thing that a person needs from another human being, it’s to be appreciated, to be listened to, to be heard. Just as you are, not as I would make you.” – Ram Dass


Relationship

Relationships are such a big part of human life. How you feel about previous and present relationships would normally be a part of the work. And the relationship in the therapy room is also significant: Being present in the therapeutic relationship can help us to see how we ‘show up’ in relationships. It also provides a safe setting to experiment with different ways of doing things. Being open to receive, setting boundaries, speaking your truth, and asking for what you need are just a few examples of the ways this might be helpful.


Somatic or Body Awareness

I include the whole self in the therapeutic work, so this includes body symptoms and sensations and the way that various emotions and thoughts resonate in the body. Bringing the entire being into awareness in this way supports a connection to the direct wisdom and sense of knowing that the body contains. And shifts and changes at this level often provide immediate and noticeable benefits.


iRest Yoga Nidra

For those who find it beneficial, I often include embodied meditation practices (influenced by iRest Yoga Nidra) into the 1-1 work. This supports connection to helpful internal states that, over time, can be accessed independently. The practices regulate the nervous system and also bypass the rational mind providing information not otherwise seen. I can provide recordings of meditations for use at home between sessions if this is desired. (Although there is absolutely no requirement to do this).


iRest Dyad / Co-meditation

This is a simple but powerful practice from the iRest approach, which involves being present with all that is arising in the moment. This simple practice can bring about significant and positive shifts. If it is useful, we can also draw on the ‘steps’ of iRest, for example, to nourish a connection to wellbeing or to navigate emotions.

“We are a sacred mirror, that’s all. We’re just a mirror. Helping a person to unfold to themselves through these simple questions of self-enquiry.”
Richard Miller


EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)

EFT is a practice where the body’s meridians are gently tapped in a sequence. This calms the emotions and the nervous system and restores balance. These practices have been clinically observed to relieve distress and accelerate the process of therapy.


Family Constellations / Systemic Constellations

Family or systemic constellations therapy brings in an awareness of the individual being a part of wider interconnected ‘systems’ such as the family and other groups. This way of working can bring remarkable insights into relationship dynamics and inherited patterns of relating. And it can also be used to understand internal relationships, such as inner tensions or conflicting desires.


Practicalities

  • I am open to working with people on a short, medium and longer-term basis.
  • Sessions are currently online using Zoom.
  • Sessions are an hour in duration.
  • Sessions would normally be weekly.

I realise that it can be daunting to seek help and I like to make the process as easy as possible. I offer a free initial Zoom conversation of approximately 30 minutes.

The first conversation would usually involve discussing your situation and any hopes or concerns. I can answer any questions you have about me and the way I work, and we can generally work out if we are a good match to work together. You can decide, following this, if you would like to continue and we can discuss how best to move forward.

Cost for 1-1 sessions

Standard sessions are £60 per hour.

Contact
T: 07902 637 757
E: melanie@homecomingtherapy.uk
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