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Aradhana Perry

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Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Therapy

Alternate Fridays 2pm - 5pm


Aradhana is a chartered clinical psychologist with over 16 years experience of working in the field of mental health, in the national health Service (NHS).
She is a registered health practitioner with the Health and Care Professions Council, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and an affiliated clinical supervisor for the London and Thames Valley clinical psychology doctorate training courses at University College London and the University of East London.

Since completing her doctoral training in clinical psychology in 2003, Aradhana has worked within different sectors of the NHS, with people who experience a range of mental health problems; from working in GP surgeries with people who experience mild -moderate emotional difficulties, to those with more severe and enduring psychological problems in secondary care (working in a multi-disciplinary community mental health team and acute psychiatric inpatient hospital wards). Aradhana has also had considerable experience working in specialist trauma services with asylum seekers and refugee people. She has published papers in peer review journals and has presented research both nationally and internationally.

As part of her continuing development as a practicing clinician, and understanding the interconnection of the mind and body, Aradhana recently completed her training as a biodynamic cranio-sacral therapy practitioner at the Cranial Sacral Educational Trust in London in 2013.

Aradhana currently works part-time in the NHS within a specialist service whose remit is to improve accessibility and acceptability of talking therapies for Black and minority ethnic communities in east London. She also runs a part-time private practice in London and west Wales.

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle 'hands-on' therapy that can help support the body's own healing system to function more efficiently. By facilitating the body's ability to release tensions, restrictions, imbalances and misalignments, CST can help raise the health integrity of the body and increase balance and vitality in a person's system. CST grew out of the work of an American osteopath, Dr William Sutherland in the early 1900s. Through years of observational study and experimentation he discovered that every cell in the body expresses a subtle rhythmic movement that is fundamental to life. These breath like motions (which Sutherland termed 'primary respiration') are a direct expression of the creative impulse - the life force. This rhythmic movement is a whole body process; it is expressed by every organ, muscle, fluid, and structure within the body. Movement thus provides the primary sense of aliveness.

CST is a relaxing form of treatment which can benefit people of all ages including small children, pregnant women and the elderly. It can be used safely alongside conventional treatments.

Symptoms that CST may help:

CST can be used to support a wide range of health conditions. Some examples are: allergies, back pain, chronic fatigue, depression, digestive issues, headaches & migraines, insomnia, anxiety, amongst others*.

What happens during a CST session?

During a consultation, you will be invited to lie down on a treatment couch, fully clothed and I will make a light, gentle touch to various parts of your body (such as your feet, head, sacrum, back, and so on). Your consent will always be sought prior to any physical contact being made to your body.

Clinical work in CST is largely perceptual; I will be listening to your body through a sensitive awareness of the shapes and patterns that are occurring in the space between my hands, palpating sensations, subtle rhythms, movements and areas of restriction. Whatever you feel, it is welcomed and received as part of your therapeutic process.

During the cranial sacral session, people may experience a deep sense of rest or may become aware of sensations in their body, such as heat, or feeling very cold, or sometimes tightness in a certain area, or tingling sensations. Some people are not aware of any sensations, feeling or emotional atmosphere in their bodies. There is no right or wrong way to experience CST; everybody has their own process, which expresses itself in its own unique way and within its own time frame. I am there to simply facilitate the healing process in any way that feels clinically appropriate, holding an intention to resolve imbalances in the system and support your body's intrinsic capacity for health, self repair and integration. Integration, reconnection, vitality and balance are at the heart of emotional well being and optimal health.

For more information on Aradhana's private practice please visit:www.listening-space.com

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