While the field of study now known as psychotherapy or counseling was started in the late nineteenth century in Europe, people from cultures all over the world have been utilizing techniques to help heal their emotional and mental health challenges - they just didn't call it "therapy". Storytelling, dream work, journeys of self-discovery, dance, art, music, writing have all been used throughout the world to help people heal.
Psychotherapy as we know it today is a form of talk therapy, that is talking to a therapist about what challenges you may be facing in your personal or professional life. Psychotherapy can include sex therapy, dreamwork, art therapy, dance therapy, somatic therapy, etc., and sometimes psychotherapy focuses more on a specific diagnosis and medication intervention.
I practice a soma-cultural/whole person approach to therapy. A whole person approach allows us to not only focus on what is going on in your mind, but also what is happening with your body. By focusing on both mind and body we reflect with a deeper perspective on our own life and life experiences.
My work is informed through the lens of liberation psychology. I find the principles of liberation psychology best summed up the Aboriginal activist, Lila Watson who is quoted as saying, "If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together".