When You’re Tired of Feeling Stressed, Anxious & Unwell – A Whole Body Somatic Health Approach to Healing Emotional Pain, Chronic Stress & Relational Struggle Through the Lens of Hidden Trauma.

August 6, 2019

“Many of us, without even realizing it, are dominated by fear. We might be aware of some of our fears—we feel ashamed and embarrassed to look at our feelings or acknowledge our styles of thinking and behaving. It is time to cross that line and face our fears with safety, sanity and even humor.” — Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche

Your feelings and fears are not your fault. They may have become rooted inside of you at an early age – before you had conscious awareness. Now, it’s time to explore and let go of what is hidden – what keeps you feeling overwhelmed, scared and shut down – and create an opening to resolve the trauma that has been keeping you stuck – so you can begin to feel better in every area of your life.

Traumatic events can happen to anyone, at any age, at any time. Trauma is an extremely personal experience and what may be highly traumatic for one person, may not even phase another. Trauma may begin as acute stress from a perceived life-threat or as the end product of cumulative stress. Both types of stress can seriously impair a person’s ability to function with resilience and ease. The good news is, trauma symptoms are treatable.

Trauma may result from a wide variety of stressors such as accidents, invasive medical procedures, sexual or physical assault, emotional abuse or neglect, war, natural disasters, loss, birth trauma, or the corrosive life and relationship stressors of ongoing fear and conflict. If you have experienced a traumatic event you may be struggling with trapped survival energy and related symptoms such as: sleep disturbance, anxiety, eating disorders, intrusive thoughts or flashbacks; avoiding thoughts, feelings, people, and places associated with the trauma; persistent negative thoughts and moods; and an increase in irritability and anger. These are all normal responses to an abnormal event.

Healing from these experiences is possible with a somatic approach – where you will release trapped survival energy bound up as emotion, chronic pain, stress or illness and resolve trauma from within. Somatic Experiencing (SE) and Somatic Trauma Touch therapy can help reduce traumatic symptoms and restore balance to your life. My training includes a variety of different therapies which allows me to draw from different resources and customize a plan that is unique for each client.

Turn towards and pay attention to your body – learn to move at the rhythm and pace of your body. When working together, I take my cues from nature’s innate wisdom and capacity for healing – your body wants to heal itself.

Uncover your emotional roots – discover how sensation, emotion and nervous system activation shows up for you in your body, life and relationships. Unwind difficult feelings – and ground yourself in feeling good from within.

With a focus on body-focused emotional and physical understanding – I know that emotions and our trauma history is held and expressed unconsciously in our bodies – this is deep, life-affirming work.

Deep emotional and physical healing begins with slowing down – and with ongoing, individualized attention. Our current medical model does not always know how to assess or treat chronic emotional or physical symptoms and concerns. The model that makes something go away or fixes something, doesn’t work for ongoing, chronic emotional or physical concerns and conditions.

There’s a gap in our current healthcare model – and I am working with my clients to fill it – with a client-centred, individualized and trauma-informed, whole body somatic health systems approach. The gap for clients who have chronic stress, emotional distress and physical concerns, results in continued emotional and physical suffering by continually living with signs and symptoms that many medical professionals do not know how to resolve.

You may be experiencing feelings of isolation or a sense of uncertainty and a loss of some of your everyday functions – an whole body somatic health approach can deeply heal chronic emotional and physical concerns. The majority of doctors do not know how to work with chronic concerns – trauma, stress or chronic fatigue and get to the root cause of these issues in an individualized way, tailored for each person – this is my area of specialty and I can help.

The true remedy for chronic emotional and physical healing requires input and personal knowledge from each person who is struggling with any chronic symptoms or feelings – along with working with someone who will work with you, as a whole-person in to a somatic healing process – that includes attending to your whole body – your cells and your history – showing up in your life today (as chronic illness, pain, stress patterns, anxiety, depression, feelings of stuckness or overwhelm, and a weakened immune system response).

Understanding the web of interactions in the body – and the impact of your daily choices on your body’s systems, on your emotional and physical health, as well as the role of hidden and/or childhood trauma on chronic emotional or physical concerns – that may be preventing you from feeling better, even when you’ve done everything your doctor has asked of you

Your past experiences have laid down beliefs and feelings at an emotional, pre-cognitive level, held in the cells and structures of your body. These unconscious and unfelt experiences have kept you believing certain things about yourself, others, and the world in order to keep you safe – a completely natural phenomenon. You will be supported in sharing and exploring those beliefs and the feelings you’ve had to enable you to live the full life you deserve. You will be encouraged to make decisions that will allow you to move beyond your current symptoms and patterns to live into the hopes you desire for your life.

Feel it. Renegotiate the hidden trauma that has been suppressed inside of you – it might hurt but it is holding you back – every moment you’re feeling, you’re doing the work. Every moment you’re hurting, you’re healing. The only way out is through.

Let’s get curious – go slowly – and wonder if hidden trauma is causing you continued suffering – with your health, emotional life, work or relationships.

Have you been struggling with sleeplessness, anxiety, fatigue or intrusive thoughts?

Are you avoiding friends, family, your spouse and even certain locations?

Do you often find yourself feeling angry, sad, anxious, stressed, ill or alone?

If you’ve been struggling with difficult symptoms and trying to control or manage them on your own, get in touch and we can begin a conversation.

When treated thoroughly, healing can lead not only to symptom reduction, but long-term transformation.

I would be honoured to gently support you in navigating towards and through the trauma that’s been preventing you from living the full life that you deserve. Instead of being trapped in symptoms – anxiety, depression, loneliness, chronic stress, pain or illness – you can live fully and feel alive again.

Be gentle and kind to yourself.
Wishing you a gentle and healthy journey.

I am now scheduling in-person sessions for the week of September 2nd – get in touch and we can arrange a time to talk. I also have a few spaces available for online sessions using Skype or Zoom – for the month of August.

I look forward to being with you.

with love from my heart, Kim xoxoxo
hello@kimcochrane.ca / www.kimcochrane.ca

Deep healing at the level of the nervous system enables you to explore and expand your inner landscape where self – confidence and inner agency reside. When you heal your nervous system, you can more readily access deeper ways of knowing and being that include intuition, imagination, sensuality, and the subtle body of emotions. Get in touch to learn more about working with me – hello@kimcochrane.ca

NEW Offering Cultivate Your Somatic Aliveness – a 3-Month Online Program – access deeply held emotional, physical and relational concerns and focus deeply on you during this program. Starting with a one-hour introductory session, then a 1.5 hour family systems trauma session – to access and heal the roots of inherited family trauma that you are carrying with you and how it affects your health, relationships and work in the present day – then an additional 6 online sessions to help you access deeply held body holding patterns, somatic trauma and emotional patterns and integrating unconscious blocks to help you access your internal, somatic freedom. A total of 6 one-hour sessions, on Skype or Zoom, one 1.5 hour family trauma healing session, and homework to help access internal transformation from anxiety, depression, panic, trauma, stress, eating disorders, relational struggles, chronic illness or health concerns – get in touch to learn more – hello@kimcochrane.ca 

Other Offerings – Family Systems Imprint – 90-minute Session – an in-person or virtual online Zoom session – an opportunity to get to the roots of intergenerational trauma patterns & begin a path towards relational & relationship healing.  Uncover your family dynamics and trauma history – this is an opportunity to strengthen your internal relationship with your mother, father and extended family – in ways that contribute to healing – get in touch to schedule an online or in-person session – hello@kimcochrane.ca / www.kimcochrane.ca

Sessions for Individuals & Couples
an invitation for you – to feel present in your body, to unwind patterns of anxiety, depression, anger, hopelessness, chronic stress & pain, trauma, regulate your nervous system, to cultivate trust in your moment-to-moment experience, your naturally wise heart, and your capacity to connect to yourself, those you love and the love that surrounds us.

Somatic Body Learning & Practice and Somatic Experiencing Trauma Touch sessions are available for you now. Waking you up to the innate wisdom of your body, healing inherited trauma patterns, feeling yourself below the level of thought, and accessing your full beingness in flowing, fluid motion. 

Get in touch to learn more about Family Systems Imprint Sessions & Individual Body-Focused Therapy Sessions, and Somatic Trauma Touch Work in The Somatic Sanctuary – The Anxiety, Stress & Trauma Restorative Clinic – in-person, online or a mix of the two – and to set up a time to work together:   hello@kimcochrane.ca

The Anxiety, Stress & Trauma Restorative Clinic:
Creating Well-Being Through Nervous System Regulation.
Heal Relational Trauma – Break the Cycle of Inherited Family Trauma.
Nurturing Connection, Restoration & Building Resilience.

Easing the Body ~ Calming the Mind ~ Opening the Heart.
Somatic Experiencing ~ Somatic Practices ~ Trauma Touch ~ Movement.

Virtual, online sessions are available for those who travel regularly, have a busy schedule, live far away from the office, or prefer to work from your own home – hello@kimcochrane.ca

Working together enables everyone who is willing to do the work an opportunity to decrease feelings of anxiety, pain, depression, chronic stress, pain or illness – as well decrease the chatter in the mind, and ground your mind and body with the depth of the intelligence found in the body. Experience lasting somatic transformation and feelings of calm, peace and wholeness – within your own body and within your relationships.

www.kimcochrane.ca / hello@kimcochrane.ca

I’m always amazed when I let go of old patterns and let the reality of the moment guide me. There’s immediate heart-opening, gratitude for what’s been given, and an undeniable intimacy with all that is.

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