Aikido & Psychotherapy
Learn control, interconnection, and balance through the momentum, flow, and energy of self and others.
Aikido is a Japanese martial art derived from the teachings of Morihei Ueshiba. The concept of Aikido is rooted in circles. We move fluidly with the momentum of others' energy as a way of protection and self-preservation. Like all aspects of life, Aikido requires awareness, balance, and self-control. Using these concepts in therapy allows for physical connection and understanding of others, as well as confidence in oneself.
"An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind."
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
Through years of working with youth, I have learned more from them than I could have imagined. Many of the young men and women I see for therapy present with a great deal of anger and aggression. Their emotional distress and external behaviors are both similar and different, depending on the circumstances, but what remains consistent is the source of their anger: FEAR. Like adults, youth interpret their world through their subjective lens, based on lived experiences. We store emotions and memories in our bodies, and react to external stimuli with automatic reactions; learned responses.
Using Aikido, I was able to not only help these youth gain a sense of self-control, but, more importantly, confidence in themselves. Just knowing that they didn't have to attack before being attacked allowed them to slowly relax their guards and step outside of their skewed fear-based realities. A concept so simple as beliefs about ourselves can influence the way we initiate and respond in social interactions. Aikido offers interpersonal physical connection, as well as opportunities to work through difficult feelings, like anger, anxiety, and fear without avoiding or burying them.
In my current practice, I offer many alternative methods to finding balance, Aikido being one method I use with adolescents and teenagers. Please note that in no way will this be Aikido instruction or certified self-defense, but a way to learn about yourself, gain self-acceptance, and increase balance, control, and inter-connection.