My name is Jessica Calvo Andexer.
The bear, for me, symbolises warmth, strength, joy in pleasure, self care in rest and courage to take space in the world.
To ‘bear in mind’ is to be in the now, to be present with all that is, to hold ourselves in mind with care and compassion.
I trained first as a psychodynamic counsellor and later as an integrative psychotherapist. Before and during my training I worked in mental health settings.
My training, my own personal journey and my work with clients led me to develop a passion for holistic approaches to well-being. I see the place of talking therapy, as a reflective, exploratory and relational space to understand oneself, and to make some change.
However, in my work and personal development I began to realise we are more than just our narratives. We are bodies, that breathe and move.
I became deeply interested in the new neuroscience movement in mental health, in new ways to understand how our experiences live in our bodies, in our breathing patterns, guts, heart rates, and especially in our nervous systems.
I saw in both myself and many of my clients, how the pain, trauma or stress we live through stays stuck in our brains and bodies as habitual patterns, repeating on a loop.
Training in the therapeutic application of mindfulness, breathwork and movement work, led me to work far more holistically. I also became dedicated to incorporating all I was learning into my own day to day life. My own journey of discovery helped me to create the work I now do, offering neurobiologically informed training, well being work as well as consultation and clinical supervision.
I hope in my work to offer my years of experience as a therapist, my additional training, as well as my own personal take aways and learnings from journeying into my own body-brain connections. I look forward to sharing this knowledge and these tools with you soon.
I am fully qualified in Psychodynamic Psychotherapeutic Counselling, Integrative Psychotherapy, Teaching Mindfulness, Energy Psychotherapy, Nature based mindfulness and Forest bathing, Master Practitioner in trauma work as well as Supervision training.
I have extensive and on-going training and CPD in wide ranging areas such as:
Wide variety of breathwork techniques and neurobiology of breathing. Many years of additional training and experience in the area of – Neurobiology of trauma, stress and anxiety, Neurodivergence and neurodevelopment conditions – especially in making therapy and mindfulness accessible, Polyvagal theory and its applications, Attachment theory, Somatic Movement, Qi Gong, Group work. Gender and LGBT+, MBCT and MBSR mindfulness courses, Buddhist Meditation courses, Meditation and Mindfulness retreats, Mental health issues, Delivering Training, Relationship styles and attachment theory, Yoga theory, Yin Yoga, Mindful Yoga and Yogic breathing techniques as well current training in the Wim Hof method ++
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