Jaimie Cahlil’s Specialisms
As a therapist whose training is in integrative counselling & transpersonal psychotherapy, I work with awareness of the whole of you. This means any issue you bring to therapy will be acknowledged and worked with, and its roots explored – as this is where the changes happen. However, every therapist develops their ‘specialisms’. Mine include:
Spirituality & self-awareness / mindfulness (EG: longing to be deeply at ease with your self, to ‘come home’ to your self or soul or deepest being; to find your sense of meaning or path in life; to explore existential or spiritual experiences and ideas – and to recognise essential truth…) Mindfulness, with its roots in ancient Hindu, Buddhist and Taoist teachings, can be described as the attempt and intention to stay ‘awake’ in the ‘here and now’, without judgment or expectation. In common context, the practice of mindfulness is psychospiritual non-pharmacological means of dealing with a range of problems such as anxiety, depression, stress, chronic pain, anger, eating disorders and addictions, and certain stress induced physical conditions.
Creative expression (EG: creative & intuitive blocks to self-expression; self-regard as a creative person – with the opportunity to use drawing, painting and modelling materials… movement… voice… to explore and work through your issues, your sense of self…) Visit Cahlil Art.
Relationship (EG: with your self, with others, and with your inner and outer worlds.) Your relationship with your self is at the core of therapy. As your sense of self and self-acceptance deepens, your way of relating to others, and to all aspects of your life, naturally improves. Our closest relationship – typically with an intimate partner, usually echoes in some way our earliest close relationships (our first adult carers) and also subsequently reflects our relationship with our closest life-long companion: our Self.
Psychosexual Health (Certificate in Psychosexual Health, 2011): psychospiritual intimacy and soulful well-being… in sensual and/or sexual relationship with self/other. LINK: http://www.psychosexualhealth.org.uk/Services.html …This may include: sexuality and sexual orientation: exploration of sexuality and its expression: as in… meaningful soulful sexuality, genuine intimacy, uncertainty/confusion regarding sexual orientation.
Gender identity: gender dysphoria, gender reassignment, transgender / transsexual transition and relational issues, including how to express true self / authenticity… I believe each one of us is somewhere on the gender continuum. For some, the vehicle of the body is unable to express their own gender. Here, therapeutic work is required to support and guide a profoundly sensitive process.
Emotional issues (EG: stress, anxiety, low mood, sadness, grief, anger, fear, low self-esteem…) Emotions convey vital information – with the potential to alert us to our (often underlying) beliefs and needs, often telling us when something is healthy or unhealthy for us. Some emotional feelings and states of being feel overwhelming. Therapy offers ways to work with uncomfortable, sometimes disabling, feelings or sensations – and accompanying anxieties or ideas.
RUMI: “Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.”
Psychiatric or mental health conditions (EG: depression, anxiety/panic attacks, borderline personality disorder, derealisation – as in sense of unreality…) Note: I work with the person, not the diagnostic label. When experiencing a low emotional state or confused state of mind, for some this may open up entrance to a potentially transformative process. Such a process is often referred to as a ‘dark night of the soul’ (see ‘Dark Nights of the Soul’ by Thomas Moore) – which may come to profoundly enrich your life by opening you to your true potential, your personal / spiritual journey. In therapy, this is psychospiritual work.