I help creatives
come home to their bodies
so they can lead richer,
more relational and fulfilling lives.
I work with the fundamental impulse in all of us that is creatrix/creator/creatura.
Creative Impulse is the linchpin of this approach to psychotherapy. By this I mean that each person intrinsically stewards creative potential. It is this imperative that ignites change and healing.
I support clients in:
cultivating richer relationships with self, other and community
deepening creative engagement with life
reconnecting with the body/soma
feeling connected and at peace in their eroticism
healing trauma (personal, familial, and transgenerational)
refining and deepening artistic/creative practice
some specific examples (for those who like that!)...
In an increasingly complex world, we are called to develop flexibility, resilience and creative responsibility, while simultaneously acknowledging and serving our relationship to the whole.
I support clients who find themselves on the edge of transformation, be that in relationships, career, sexuality, artistic practice, trauma recovery, intergenerational legacy or spirituality. I also work with clients wishing to deepen their experience of body and connect in new ways with their physicality.
I draw on several modalities in my work. I use an attachment-informed approach that draws on "bottom up" (somatic awareness, body-centred modalities), "top down" (transpersonal, psychoeducational and cognitive), and external/internal spatial (Expressive Arts, Constellations) disciplines to provide a responsive and deeply sensitive container for our work together.
Through our bodies, we reveal our patterns - emotional, psychological, relational, spiritual, creative, and in life.
In my own growth and healing, I have explored many different body-based modalities. For reasons I may only ever partially know, my explorations (some from necessity and some from an intrinsic curiosity and desire to learn) have centred so directly on the body. From here, grew a passion to train in these modalities and work with others.
Our bodies are honest, even when we don’t have the capacity in that moment to be with ourselves in this way. By turning our attention to our direct experience of body, we can learn its meandering and unpremeditated language, a way of knowing that is vaster than the bookmarks of attenuated memory. The body connects us to the richness of experience personally, transgenerationally, and collectively.
The Arts are a primal language that allow us to connect in a full-spectrum way with our capacity to heal, make-meaning and grow.
I strive to bring a relational understanding of the creative process to my sessions, which are also informed by my own healing/growth journey of many years and my professional practice as a visual artist. It is not necessary for clients to have prior skill or experience in the arts to engage in arts-based sessions.
PSYCHOTHERAPY WITH AN EMPHASIS ON SEX AND INTIMACY COACHING
Again, I approach this work through multiple modalities. With a strong somatic trauma base, I draw on my training in Erotic Blueprints, somatic attachment and other sexuality teachings.
I offer this work in the form of individual sessions for singles and couples as well as in a group education format.
If you have any questions, please contact me to schedule a complementary conversation where we can discuss our work together.
$155 + 5% GST per session (60-90 minutes)
For couples: $180 + 5% GST per session (90 minutes)
Sliding scale available. Please inquire for options.
I have heard this music before,
saith the body.
- Mary Oliver
ABOUT ALEXANDRA AS A PSYCHOTHERAPIST
Alexandra Goodall MA, RCC, brings a sophisticated, relational and holistic understanding of healing and creative process to her sessions.
She has worked with groups and individuals for the past 10 years researching the themes of phenomenology, the body and creative praxis. She holds a masters degree in Expressive Arts Therapy and maintains an active professional studio practice/career as a visual artist (installation and textile sculpture).
Alexandra has a long history of personal practice in various body-centred modalities and therapies, on both sides of the client/therapist relationship.
Her approach is grounded, pragmatic, and loving with a healthy respect for both the sacred and the irreverent.
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