Living Body Present – Heart Medicine for Cultivating Inner Health – Unwinding Defensive Accommodations Held in the Body – Moving into Deep Whole Body Coherence – Soften What Your Body is Holding – Embrace the Feminine Wild – Encounter Breath, Movement, Stillness & Sound – Allow Space for Deep Connection.
“Trauma compromises our ability to engage with others by replacing patterns of connection with patterns of protection.” ~ Dr. Stephen Porges
Our bodies carry the history of our lives. They carry the map for how we got here and they also have the wisdom for how to remember our wholeness. Healing in mind/body/spirit/soul is where it’s at and begins by remembering again and again that we don’t need to be fixed and that we can bring softness to our experience every day.
By working with your nervous system and welcoming all parts of who you are, we can support your body to process through the parts of your history that still send you into reactivity and keep you stuck and come into a place of peace and expansiveness.
When we become regulated and steady, we can meet life wholeheartedly without all the noise. Trauma healing is about coming into new relationship with ourselves, all we’ve been through, where we’re headed and everything around us. We’re able to respond instead of react.
I help those who want to slow down, connect back to themselves, heal and recover from the effects of early developmental trauma with Relational, Somatic & Energetic Bodywork and Therapies.
Let’s create a safe, resourced container for you to touch in on challenges you are holding, integrate them and become more of who you are. As a Relational Somatic Therapist, Co-Regulating Touch Bodywork for Trauma Practitioner and Somatic Practitioner, I weave together wisdom from Somatic Experiencing, Relational Family Trauma Imprint Healing, Attachment Theory, Somatic Resilience & Regulation, Transforming the Experience Based Brain, Energy Medicine, Somatic Movement, Pre & Peri Natal Somatic Therapy, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and Inner Child Healing, among many other modalities.
What if new aspects of yourself were already inside of you waiting to be discovered?
My job is not to tell you what to do, but to provide you with space for a whole person approach, along with a framework and conditions that invite you to soften, unwind and learn from yourself. Then, we both get to be surprised and delighted by our discoveries.
What if you didn’t have to fix anything?
Let’s go slowly and welcome in moments of safety.
What wants to move?
Let’s find a pace that works for you.
This is a unique and process of bringing together a Body of Work that you will experience and be changed by, if you are willing to step forward towards a new experience for your whole being. You will move out of chronic stuckness and freeze, get an opportunity to feel your anger and express it and practice running away if you feel like fleeing. You don’t need to be fixed, you will be lovingly accepted as you are right now and know that the old ways of healing trauma – fixing ourselves never helped us and only made us feel worse.
What supports us to feel alive?
Today, we have many habits or defensive accommodations – that keep us out of feeling. Many people didn’t get the opportunity to feel or sense their bodies and experience themselves in a healthy way – life circumstances interrupted that – so it can feel scary and very difficult to do.
We will be together to build capacity within your nervous system for feeling into your body for the first time and creating a new relationship with yourself. This takes some time.
When emotions drive our behavior, we do things we regret or go into self-protection mode.
When we learn how to witness our emotions, we see ourselves as separate from them. We become the witness experiencing emotions.
Then, we have choice and can act in alignment with our values.
Once your body begins to feel better, you’ll quickly accept that there is, in fact, nothing wrong with you. The way you feel, think, and behave, although perhaps seemingly self-destructive, has merely been an armoring of self-protection—a necessary response to a traumatic environment or experience.
Instead of self-criticism or defeat, you’ll begin to see that depression or anger or fear are natural, instinctual responses to an overwhelmed nervous system, merely trying to protect you. You are not broken and you do not need to be fixed. You just need to get back in the driver’s seat of your life and body. Let somatic healing free you from a settled life of survival.
Ready to begin your somatic journey?
With co-regulating somatic bodywork, we can finally heal and turn our hearts towards life in a new way. When we can welcome all parts of ourselves, a steadiness and soothing arrives that embraces all that we carry and all that we meet in our lives in the day-to-day. This advanced trauma specialization meets people with developmental and complex trauma in ways many of us had only dreamed of.
- gives us back our health
- brings us into new relationship with the pains and pleasures we carry
- helps us take up nourishment in body, mind and soul
- re-connects us to our purpose, goals and desires
- offers us choice and helps us advocate for what we want and need
- reminds us of our worthiness and belonging
- brings us home to ourselves and our bodies
- helps us be more genuine and stand more fully in who we are
- repairs our heavy hearts and helps them soften
- shows us the strength of our boundaries and helps us feel powerful enough to use them
- helps us breathe and move and sleep more easily
- gives us the more that we’ve been wanting in ways that we never knew were possible
This advanced nervous system regulation modality called Transforming Experienced Brain and is a precise method that involves several protocols where we work directly with different systems in the body that are connected to the brain and central nervous system’s responses.
- you talking or being silent depending on what feels most alive for you in session
- sharing about past, present or future and slowing down a lot together to meet what’s here in a resourced way
- being welcome to bring all parts of yourself
- hands-on or intentional support (can be done on a table in my office or intentionally on Zoom)
- being guided for most or all of each session through the body-based and co-regulation protocol and sinking into support
- trauma informed mindfulness and breathing practices
- feeling a lot better – possibly beyond anything you’ve been able to imagine
- Sit quietly with your eyes closed for five or more minutes each day.
- Set your phone alarm to ring hourly as a signal to slow down and take a conscious breath.
- When you’re challenged, take your time to contemplate, “What is a loving compassionate response you can have towards yourself in this moment?”
- Notice naturally arising moments of silence, gratitude, heartfelt connection, and peace.
Keep returning home, over and over, and the moments of your life become a living testament to expanding compassion, freedom, grounded wisdom, and peace beyond peace.
What to Expect During a Whole Body Health Somatic Practice –
Co-Regulating Touch Bodywork for Trauma Session
For true emotional and physical healing, we can’t leave our body and how it feels and responds, out of the process. Each person needs something very specific in their healing journey, which is why it is so important to have a customized approach with sessions that are specifically tailored for you – a combination of emotionally-focused psychotherapy and body-focused Transforming Touch, Co-Regulating Touch Bodywork for Trauma.
Your body doesn’t have energy – it is energy. When we allow traumatic stress that is contained in our nervous system to begin to move through our system – flow begins to happen in our body and we feel more energetic, grounded, healthy and alive.
We explore our fluid bodies through the language of sensation, co-regulating touch,and subtle movement. We have the opportunity of allowing time to slow down, to notice, let go and shed that which needs to shed, and to come through anew and refreshed.
For those who would like to focus on a body-focused, somatic approach, we begin by talking about your background, symptoms and history. We do this online and or in-person by sitting in chairs across from each other or you lie on your back on a table. When you are sitting in a chair, we can do some talk therapy, and you may also be asked if you are open to closing your eyes and noticing your feelings, emotions and body sensations that are happening for you in each moment.
For those who would like to do Co-Regulating Touch Bodywork for Trauma Session – sessions consist of lying on a table with eyes closed – and I offer touch on several areas of the body: the head, stress organs, the belly, and joints in the body.
Sessions are done fully clothed. Each session is one-hour, unless we are doing an extended session – and is unique depending on what you are experiencing on that day and would like to focus on during a session – we want to tune in and understand what’s really going on in your body – beyond pathology and diagnoses – to allow your body to move into a flow state, rather than to remain stuck in a stress response state – during the session and in the hours and days afterwards.
This work is support for you to feel more ease through deep embodiment, the immense gifts of slowing way down, how to lovingly hold and transform your story and become a master of our nervous system.
As you heal, you begin to feel your core as goodness; to deeply know that you belong, to feel a oneness with life. You can feel an unshakeable love in your heart that becomes a stable background in your life. The greater empathy and compassion you feel for yourself extends to all beings and the earth itself.
I will hold you with kindness, deep respect and space to be with you as you are. This deep presence will shift our felt sense experience of whole body mental and physical health care. My approach is open, spacious and flexible. I look forward to inviting you in to my space.
There is a great longing in each of us to uncover the secrets and mysteries of our individual lives, to relate more deeply and to uncover what is unique and truthful within ourselves and related to others in our lives. I look forward to seeing you in the depths of soul nourishment, vulnerability and courage.
When we begin to unravel the layers of emotions and patterns and re-route neural pathways, we have to connect back to our physical selves. Trauma forces us out of our bodies. This is why the somatic approach works so well.
When we approach the human system in a holistic, regenerative, systemic way, we build a foundation that is solid and has more capacity to experience difficulty. Yes, we will experience stress, pain, and loss like all humans do, and we will bounce back.
Who would you be if you felt nourished and loving towards yourself every day? Say ‘yes’ to what feels nourishing, joyful and expansive. Be ever so gentle with your heart.
Ready to take the next steps in your healing?