The Person-Centered Therapy model originated with Carl Rogers, author of On Becoming a Person. He believed that the client had within the capacity for healing, and that the purpose of the therapist is more as a facilitator through empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard. This creates a sacred place to listen deeply to the material that is emerging for healing.
I believe it will have become evident why, for me, adjectives such as happy, contented, blissful, enjoyable, do not seem quite appropriate to any general description of this process I have called the good life, even though the person in this process would experience each one of these at the appropriate times. But adjectives which seem more generally fitting are adjectives such as enriching, exciting, rewarding, challenging, meaningful. This process of the good life is not, I am convinced, a life for the faint-fainthearted. It involves the stretching and growing of becoming more and more of one’s potentialities. It involves the courage to be. It means launching oneself fully into the stream of life. Yet the deeply exciting thing about human beings is that when the individual is inwardly free, he chooses as the good life this process of becoming.”
His daughter, Natalie Rogers, often attended group meetings where each person was invited to express themselves while practicing these components of being with self and others for both personal and collective welfare. These groups met for hours. Natalie, herself a psychotherapist, would often times, take her own space by using drawing, poetry, sound and movement to express her inner feelings and transform inner stirrings through the principles of deeply listening and being heard in community for the purpose of becoming more whole with expressive therapy. I studied with Natalie for three years in California to receive my certification as a Person-Centered Expressive Therapist in 1991. Since then, I’ve offered this process in retreats, personal sessions, and workshops. For more on Natalie Rogers, visit: http://www.nrogers.com/
Today, when a client is pre-verbal or unable to put things into words, Expressive Therapy is a natural and nourishing way to access feelings, beliefs, and thoughts that come from within.
Repatterning sessions incorporate movement, color, light, breath, fragrance, movement, energetic balancing and sound. This is what drew me to Resonance Repatterning in the first place.
The Bridge to Resonance Repatterning
I was processing the death of my father, and a friend of mine who was also an Expressive Therapist suggested a Resonance Repatterning session. The accuracy of the Repatterning session through the muscle-checking system identified what was needed to release the constriction within my body-mind system. The modalities of color and movement with music freed internal feelings of being lost in the darkness. I felt a sudden connection to my ancestral line and to life itself! And, I felt a release in my thinking with a shift from a feeling of abandonment to encouragement to face life. I was hooked. I began my training in Resonance Repatterning developed by Chloe Faith Wordsworth in 2003, took all of the coursework, practicums and observations to become a certified as a Resonance Repatterning practitioner in 2005. I continue today to take advanced coursework in holistic therapies in Expressive and Resonance Repatterning modalities.