Laura is a Licensed Biodynamic Psychotherapist and Biodynamic Massage Therapist.
She is a Fellow of the Institute of Biodynamic Medicine, (IOBM); and has been practising in the biodynamic field for over 20 years. Laura’s practice at The Harbourside Practice is Registered as a Biodynamic Clinic, and she benefits from the ongoing support and supervision of the IOBM – www.biodynamic.org
Laura trained and qualified with IOBM under the supervision and direction of Founder and Principal Mary Molloy. She has a degree in Psychology from Balliol College, Oxford University and has also worked in the media, research, community development and mental health fields.
I am privileged to work in the field of Biodynamic Psychology which is designed to bring us back to our most essential feelings, supporting us to face our difficulties and to reconnect with our selves.
I am resolute that you find what is best for you in your life, and I aim to meet you in a real place where you can be fully yourself.
The biodynamic approach supports you to remember and re-connect with your essential flow, to consciously value the self you come to know here, to rediscover or find new ways to remain true to your self and to connect back to the world from there.
Biodynamic Psychology and its related therapies were established over 50 years ago by Clinical Psychologist, Gerda Boyesen (1922-2005) and have been developed since 1989 by the Institute of Biodynamic Medicine.
A distinguishing aspect of Gerda Boyesen’s work was the discovery that the brain-gut axis is the regulator of nervousness and energy in the body; and that our innate human survival responses – the ‘fight and flight’ and ‘freeze’ mechanisms – if not deactivated after an event that is perceived as dangerous – can remain permanently active (or inactive) and adversely affect our emotional and physical wellbeing.
By adding bodywork and gentle, effective and targeted biodynamic massage to the talking therapies and more traditional psychotherapy and psychology, this holistic healing approach can not only ease your mind and clear your head (via the glymphatic system) – it also works to relieve muscular and nervous tension and eliminate biochemical stress products stored in your body.
Guided by your deepest bio-feedback responses, which the therapist tunes into by awareness of your breathing and by listening to your abdominal sounds through a loudspeaker stethoscope placed on your abdomen during treatment, we work systematically to restore the workings of this innate healing mechanism in the body.
“There is an innate healing mechanism in the body which dissolves nervous tension in the muscles and resolves emotional and psychological conflict on the unconscious and organic level.” Gerda Boyesen
The range of biodynamic therapies are designed to ‘find the key’ to reset the function of our ‘innate healing mechanism’ and to restore a person to their natural, exuberant, spontaneous self.
This restoration process reconnects you to what is known in Biodynamic Psychology as the ‘Primary Personality’ – your vibrant core self, ready, willing and able to meet life’s challenges – and clears the pathways to enable you to reach your potential and live a more authentic and fulfilling life.
Once our survival instincts are re-engaged, a natural progression of healing and wellbeing can unfold. An initial treatment option of 6 to 10 sessions (or hours) can support this process and determine if you would like to work in a longer term biodynamic contract.
Services at Bristol Talking Therapy Rooms
- Consultation and first treatment – 2 hours.
- On-going Regular Sessions – 2 hours, scheduled fortnightly.
Other Services – available by arrangement
- Day Programme – 5 hours (2 x 2.5 hours am and pm plus lunch 1 hour) in one day
- Biodynamic Residential Retreat Programme – A series of 6, 10 or 20 hour sessions over a concentrated period of 2-5 days, in a specially chosen residential venue – a substantial programme with space and time to really benefit.
Fees: Hourly and pro rata, based on IOBM guidelines, agreed between us.
- Fees at different locations can vary
- Residential Programmes priced individually to suit your needs
- Concessions and Gift Vouchers are available
For further information or to book a session with Laura:
Mobile: +44 (0) 7973 169237