Why Insightfulness

I called my psychotherapy practice Insightfulness in recognition of my own personal therapy journey.
A journey that has involved sadness, joy, frustration, hard work, curiosity and acceptance.
Insights can be those ‘eureka’ or ‘light bulb’ moments. That sense of knowing something, not just knowing it in your head but knowing it in your heart and soul. They can also be more subtle, a growth in wisdom or self-awareness often only recognised if someone, a counsellor perhaps, reflects them back to you.

Research shows that these moments in therapy are really useful in bringing about change. ‘Change’ is not necessarily only referring to behavioural changes but changes in self-awareness and our understanding of how we relate to others.

It was my research, as a psychotherapy student, that led me to be curious about insights, and led me to learn that there is an area of our brain, the right superior temporal gyrus, responsible for insightful moments, and it works when we are focused away from external stimulation such as noise and sight. Meditation training also helps us to notice where our attention is focused and can therefore help insightful moments arise.

Clues to the insights available to us may be quite subtle, you might notice a new feeling in your body, a tension in your stomach, or in your throat. Learning to acknowledge these clues might not be something we are used to doing. In my counselling I reflect on how I am feeling and encourage you to do so. Dreams are also useful to explore and they can create opportunity for insights.

I offer a counselling and psychotherapy service which can promote insights regarding why you think, behave and feel as you do. This can lead to a greater self-acceptance. Self-acceptance, is a very positive outcome of therapy even though it might not be the reason why you want to come.

Here are some of the research papers and books I have read on insight and Mindfulness.

  • CASTONGUAY, L.G., C.E.HILL 2007 Eds Insight in Psychotherapy., Washington: American Psychological Association
  • DAMASIO, A. 2012 Self Comes to Mind; Constructing the Conscious Brain London: Vintage Books
  • HANSON, R 2009 The Practical neuroscience of happiness, love and wisdom; New Harbinger
  • Gilbert, P 2010 The Compassionate Mind; Constable