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Psychotherapeutic Feng Shui
Many years ago, I was working with a young lady that came to see me as an Herbalist/Integrative Health Practitioner. In the initial consult she explained to me that she had been married twice and was currently with her second husband. Unfortunately the couple was having relationship issues which had my client feeling stressed out and anxious. Taking note of these circumstances, we moved on and worked to address the health issues that were foremost in her mind. While she was successful for the most part, there were a couple of areas that needed some more work and as we strategized an approach she made a startling revelation. She shared with me that many of the sentimental items she had from her first marriage were now in her bedroom, in fact her wedding book, photos, a wedding dress and other items were under the bed she shares with her current husband.
We talked about her choice to keep these items and I invited her to consider her motivation in holding on to these mementos of a past relationship. I encouraged her to consider letting go of the past and moving on with her current husband. As part of moving on I suggested that she remove, from at least her bedroom if not her entire home, everything from her previous marriage. With hesitancy, she agreed to remove everything linked with her past marriage from her bedroom. Remarkably the couples relationship improved and motivated my client to make further steps to strengthen her marriage.
Sometimes, changing our physical environment can affect our physical, mental and spiritual being. Removing obstacles that block energy or decrease the energy’s flow can accommodate profound changes.
Psychotherapeutic Feng Shui is a tool that may be shared with a client when both the client and the therapist agree to collaborate together to explore possible links between mental health goals and environmental circumstances that inhibit the client from reaching the intended goals.
Psychotherapeutic Feng Shui may be conducted in the office or at the clients home/garden or office. In the case of the latter, an initial home visit or initial assessment is conducted, an inventory is completed and a detailed drawing/blueprint is made of the client's home. Following the session, the therapist will complete the assessment and create a report for the client. A second session is scheduled and the report is shared with the client. Modifications are proposed and it is the client's responsibility to initiate and complete modifications to the space. This entire process is termed the Initial Assessment.
After the client has implemented the modifications subsequent visits by the therapist are conducted either in the office or at the home to inspect and discuss the impact of the modifications. This is referred to as the follow-up session.