Psychotherapy is a journey of self-exploration and reflection and it leads to a greater understanding and awareness of who we are. Through this process we explore our purpose and meaning and become more conscious of our patterns of behaviour, our emotional make-up and our sense of Self which leads to a greater sense of self-awareness. Both the client and the psychotherapist are actively engaged in shaping these processes.
Katarina has a holistic approach to her psychotherapeutic work, integrating several different approaches to meet the specific needs of her clients. Her work is influenced by Transpersonal Psychotherapy, Integrative Psychosynthesis and Embodied Psychotherapy. She also uses creativity, movement, mindfulness, visualisation and creative imagination in her therapeutic work.
What is Transpersonal Psychotherapy and Integrative Psychosynthesis?
Transpersonal psychotherapy is any form of psychotherapy which places emphasis on the transpersonal or spiritual aspects of the human experience.
In transpersonal approach, as well as in psychosynthesis, the ultimate goal is not merely the alleviation of suffering, but the integration of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of the client’s well-being. A life-crisis is seen as an opportunity for a personal break-through and growth and ultimately the achievement of self-actualisation. It includes the exploration and focus of the client’s potential, and the development of inner resources and creativity. UKCP
Integrative Psychosynthesis aims to bring together different approaches such as Jungian, Humanistic, Archetypal, Gestalt, Psychodynamic and Developmental psychologies and integrate them into the holding framework of Psychosynthesis.
“This integration offers tremendous flexibility and creativity: we can use the lens of Psychodynamic therapy when working with a client’s (past) unconscious issues of primal wounding; the lens of Humanistic Psychology i.e. Gestalt and Person-Centred for a client’s (present) issues; the lens of the Jungian or Archetypal for a client’s (future) questions of ‘What is being called for here?’ or ‘What does the soul need in the face of life challenges?” Re-Vision
These different approaches are brought together to complement and add meaning to one another when viewed through the lens of Psychosynthesis.
What is Embodied Psychotherapy?
Body Psychotherapy is a holistic therapeutic approach which address all levels of client’s being: body, emotion, mind and spirit. It recognises that many psychological problems have immediate correlations in the body: anxiety and panic attacks, overwhelming feelings, trauma, addiction, etc.
Integrative Embodied Psychotherapy (IEP) is a therapeutic framework crafted by Tasha Colbert and Katarina Gadjanski, the co-founders of the Institute of Embodied Psychotherapy. This somatic approach draws on a range of techniques from the practices of body-oriented psychotherapy, dance movement psychotherapy, somatic experiencing, somatic trauma therapy, neuroscience, creative arts and body-focused mindfulness.
“Body Psychotherapy understands all emotional and mental problems in the context of the body/mind as a whole system. For recurring problems to be resolved, mental insight often is not enough – something needs to happen that affects all levels of our being. Body Psychotherapists, therefore, pay a lot of attention to the connections (or disconnections) between feeling and thinking, between physical sensations and images, between spontaneous impulses and patterns of relating. Psychotherapy should be a space in which one can be and become who they really are. For that to come about ALL of their body/mind needs to be involved.” CABP