You deserve to feel good in your body. You deserve to wake up excited about the day that lies ahead. You deserve to get angry and feel sad and be disappointed and go through the full spectrum of human emotions and know that you are worthy of love and compassion through all of it. It is my role to provide support and guidance, and to help you connect with your intuition by bridging the gap between body and mind. Our bodies are vast wellsprings of vital information about how we can live happy, healthy and satisfying lives. Connecting body and mind is central to the work of therapy.
BODY AND SPIRIT
Our body can be a pathway to connection with spirit. Many of us experience what I term "spiritual abuse" as children- indoctrination into a belief system that teaches us that we are not divine and that the divine (God) routinely sends people to an eternity of torture. This is a perversion of the divine and a direct interference with our connection to spirit. This is a fear based system and when we live in fear, be it conscious or unconscious, we begin to lose contact with our bodies because fear states are physically painful. Your connection to your body and your spirit are your birthright and I am here to support you in re-asserting your right to live fully as an embodied spiritual being.
The word “somatic” comes from the Greek word “soma” meaning “the lived experience of the body.” Somatic Psychotherapy focuses on sensation, breath, movements and micro movements in additional to working with thoughts and memories that exist at a cognitive level. This type of work can also involve supportive touch and embodiment practices such as mindfulness meditation and yoga.
Historically, and even in some schools of thought today, psychology and psychotherapy have focused largely on the workings of the mind. In truth, we are multidimensional beings. Healing occurs through attending to the experience and information that lives in the myriad layers of our being - mind, body, emotions, spirit. We are naturally intuitive creatures with highly sensitive bodies capable of receiving and processing massive amounts of information every second. Through experiences of pain, fear, rejection and trauma, we have learned to disconnect from our body's wisdom, to cut off sensation because, in the past, it has been too overwhelming to feel. Often times, physical symptoms and pain have emotional and psychological roots. Symptoms can shift through increased awareness of the interconnectedness of body and psyche. Somatically-focused psychotherapy is a safe space to reconnect with your body at your own pace. I am here to support and guide you in this process as we learn together the untold stories in your cells.
"The body always leads us home . . . if we can simply learn to trust sensation and stay with it long enough for it to reveal appropriate action, movement, insight, or feeling."
QUICK ANXIETY REDUCING TECHNIQUE
SOMATIC THERAPY FOR TRAUMA
Trauma refers to a shock to the body/mind that threatens physical or emotional survival. Trauma can be single-incident or ongoing, and includes childhood physical, sexual and emotional abuse, loss, relationship abuse and attachment trauma. Symptoms of trauma can be present even when there are no concrete memories of the traumatic events. Symptoms can include disproportionate emotional responses to environmental and interpersonal stimuli (such as smells, sounds, relational dynamics, etc.) as well as intrusive thoughts, nightmares, anxiety and panic attacks, depression and addictions.
My work with clients who have experienced trauma centers around creating a safe and empowering relationship in which we work together to increase feelings of peace and vitality. My approach is grounded in current neuroscientific research about how trauma is processed in the brain, particularly the unconscious and somatic dimensions of trauma. I work to facilitate awareness of bodily sensation and activation connected to trauma triggers and memories and to establish feelings of safety and calm. Sometimes trauma work involves telling your story and sometimes it does not. You are the one who gets to decide whether talking directly about traumatic experiences is in service of your healing process and I am happy to support you in exploring options around this. I am trained in a number of body-based techniques that facilitate the processing and integration of trauma.