Sanctuary Therapies with Karen Ellis, Psychological Therapist and Reiki Practitioner, at Sammy Anne’s Beauty and Holistic Therapy Centre in Whitley Bay
The essence of the work I do is to assist someone to live their best life possible, whatever circumstances they may be experiencing.
At times, we may need a ‘sanctuary’ where we can be met as a person in our vulnerability, and through the work, continue to live as our best selves.
Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT).
I have been an accredited CAT practitioner since 2006. CAT therapy is time-limited, (usually 16-24 sessions) and provides scope for deep change work. The therapy gives particular attention to relationships – our relationship with others as well as our relationship with ourself.
Another important aspect of the therapy is the opportunity to explore, understand and make changes to the repeating patterns we can find ourselves in, despite our best efforts to make changes in our life. Cognitive analytic Therapy is an integrative therapy, so it can bring in lots of different ways of working to create the changes that you want to focus on.
Some of the approaches I use are anxiety management techniques, relaxation, mindfulness practices and EFT (see below for more information).
I have been a qualified EFT Practitioner since 2008. EFT is a gentle mind/body technique which uses tapping on acupressure points on your hand, head and torso with your own fingers, to switch on the body’s natural calming response. EFT can be taught in a few sessions as a self-soothing strategy and can be combined with psychological therapy for managing anxiety, stress , grief and for processing difficult experiences and traumatic memories.
I am a member of EFT International – the world’s largest EFT organisation.
I am trained and experienced in using the advanced EFT processes known as ‘Identity Healing‘. I use these gentle but powerful techniques to help heal the younger parts of ourselves that may ‘hold’ childhood distress, stress and trauma, freeing up our potential to be the integrated adults that we can be.
Reiki (pronounced Ray-key) is the Japanese word for ‘universal life energy’, the vital energy around and within all living things.
Reiki can help to restore balance in your life and works at the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual (whatever particular meaning that has for you) levels.
A full Reiki treatment usually takes an hour. The fully dressed recipient, just with shoes removed, lies on a couch and is made comfortable. If it is not easy to lie down the treatment can be given in a sitting position. The practitioner gently places her hands non-intrusively in a sequence of positions on the head and body.
Reiki can be deeply relaxing and can support our natural resilience and coping.