A Repiphany counsellor provides a safe environment and customizes an experiential process for you that is about getting more connected to your body, to reclaim your body, and ultimately, to build a healthier relationship with your body.
The activities used in counselling will vary to suit each client’s personal needs. We may use cognitive and narrative therapies in conjunction with art therapy and somatic based therapies to physically embody an experience.
People who have an unhealthy body image tend to be “in their head.” That is to say that they process their experience predominantly with their brain (versus their heart or physical body), with their thoughts, rationalizing and applying their personal filters and sense of logic.
To connect our head and body, that is to be more “in our body,” gives us a richer, more authentic, and grounded experience in our surroundings. But we can’t have this when we have disconnected from our body. Through counselling, becoming reconnected with our body involves activities designed to
- bring our awareness back into our physical self, and
- relearn to trust our body’s natural knowledge.
Reconnecting, or reclaiming our ownership of our body, is about reclaiming our sense of safety within our body. It's about reclaiming a loving relationship with our body and knowing what that looks like.
As we relearn to trust that our natural body knows what it needs to support us, we become aware of the cues our body gives us. For example, we learn that we can trust our body to tell us when our stomach is full and what will happen if we choose not to listen to that cue, such as not feeling well.
The human body is quite remarkable. It regulates itself according to our circumstances. For example, if we were lost in the wilderness, our body would require less food. We wouldn’t get hunger signals when our brain and body know there isn’t any food around. But in a state of busy-ness and being disconnected from our body’s actual needs, we tend not to pause long enough to consider whether we are really hungry or we are acting on auto-pilot in our food choices.
When we can trust our body’s cues, we move from an unconscious place to a conscious place. And that may be where, for some, it doesn’t feel safe - to be conscious and connected to their body. The disassociation was protecting them and hurting them at the same time.
The aim of body relationship counselling is to maintain a sense of safety while becoming reconnected to our body. It supports the gentle exploration of our relationship with our body and the ways in which it impacts us as a whole, and guides the path to a more accepting and peaceful connection between our head and physical body.