How to Live a Wild Life
Are you in need of support? Do you feel that life has more to offer?
How to Live a Wild Life is a route back to functioning from the holistic wisdom of our organism. Informed by evolutionary psychology, and body-based psychotherapies.
Stuck, overwhelmed, confused, angry, frightened, lacking in creativity? The answer is right here, and accessible. It’s a coming alive, a learning of not only how to survive but to thrive in the world. (and in doing that, the world thrives too.)
There is a specific route to get more in touch with that natural channel to health. It involves building a relationship with our animal nature. Simple, systematic, techniques will enable you to:
- Recognise the myriad ways in which you are always orienting towards health and well-being.
- Prevent yourself sabotaging those mechanisms.
- Learn to listen to your embodied experience, rather than just your thinking mind.
- Build a positive working relationship with instinctual drives.
- Find the most helpful balance of contact between sensory information, bodily sensations, emotion and rational thought.
- Learn how to recognise appropriate response to needs, and when to take action
- Understand the important difference between emotion and instinct.
- Access, contain and channel emotion in a way that serves you.
- Work with the symptoms of trauma.
- Come back from overwhelm.
- Move from block to flow in life.
About the work
We misunderstand our fundamental nature. That prevents us, and our world, surviving and thriving. When we talk about nature, and our relationship to it, we refer to it as something outside ourselves. Yet, in reality, we are part of nature. We are animals. We don’t have a great relationship with our animal self- the instinctual, emotional, embodied part of ourselves. Traditionally, it’s been given second place to our thinking mind. We see it as base, aggressive, unpredictable, and dangerous. We fear that, if released, it will destroy our self or another.
The truth is, we function exquisitely, naturally. In most situations, instinct is already guiding us, orienting towards wellbeing, and happiness. We do the best we can do, in any given moment, given the resources available to us. The evidence is all around us. However, we often don’t see it.
It can help to understand the functioning of animals in the wild. We can regard them as base and dangerous, when, in fact, they are almost always altruistic, co-operative, and in-tune with their surroundings. They respond effectively to any threats and opportunities presented by the environment. Many of the human behaviours that we consider animalistic, or ‘wild’, are actually the outcomes of disconnection from our animal nature, rather than a result of it.
Working with instinctual functioning is not the same as ‘anything goes’. Instinct is as much learnt, as given. Although we are born with predispositions to certain behaviours, we can choose whether to train and develop them, and if so, how.
A one-hour introductory session.
Via Skype/telephone or in person.
To discuss what you need, and what will achieve that.
Six sessions that go deeper.
Via Skype/telephone, or in person.
A structured, systematic path, offering precise techniques, and geared to your individual needs.
A year of support.
Once the basic skills are learnt, it’s about practicing them, making a continual reconnection with the instinctual self.
Twelve hour-long sessions (one a month) plus an email check-in mid-month.
Via Skype/telephone, or in person.
- Tracking progress and re-assessing goals
- Support to manage any blocks that come up during the process
- Detailed handouts to support theory discussed
- Optional experiments (exercises) to undertake between sessions
- Option of virtual group meeting with other participants
The support year runs October-September, and is limited to 10 participants per year.
I am now taking bookings for 2017-18.
Bridget is a qualified psychotherapist and member of the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapists. She holds an MA in the therapeutic use of the arts. She’s been in private practice for ten years, addressing issues including stress, trauma, and creative block. She’s worked for the charity MIND, as well as in psychiatric hospitals.
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