My name is Fran Lavendel. I work as a psychotherapist with a
passionate interest in listening to our bodies, as well as to our
words. I also teach the practice of Authentic Movement.
Our bodies do, after all, hold all our stories, all our feelings,
all our experiences of a lifetime. It is sometimes not enough to
speak about problems. Listening to our bodies, maybe letting them
move, can be a way to come closer to feelings, enabling us to bring
them ‘into the light’. And so often, by listening to our bodies, we
can actually find the healing we need, by re-discovering the
‘knowing in our bones’.
In individual psychotherapy sessions we speak together, we pay
attention to how your body is feeling and sometimes we move. When it
feels right to do so, we use the practice of Authentic Movement as a
way of discovering things about yourself you may not be aware of. I
also teach Authentic Movement to various groups in Penicuik and in
Who is it for?
Everyone is welcome. No previous experience of any sort is
necessary. I have a private practice in my studio just outside
Penicuik (close to Edinburgh) — a tranquil setting surrounded by
garden and trees. Women, men and children of all ages bring their
sadness, fears and hopes, or a desire to grow, to explore and to
know themselves better. Most have some sense that they wish to
include their experience of their bodies in our therapeutic work
In Somatic Psychotherapy we share experience through
language while also including the body as a rich resource for
information. And if we follow our bodies into movement, our natural
impulse towards creativity allows the emergence of form, expression,
meaning -- perhaps the unexpected, perhaps transformation.
As a teacher of
Authentic Movement I introduce people to this practice in which
we experience life directly, moment by moment, in movement and
stillness, through listening to our bodies.