I believe that there is a deep wisdom in the body which most of us in the current Western culture have been cut off from. In essence, the mind and body have been split so that current methods for healing psychological, emotional, or physical illness have us focusing on a wide-range of symptoms each requiring a different pill, diet, or intervention to elicit change. As a result, we may find ourselves feeling fragmented and unsure about where to put our focus when it comes to our overall health goals. An integrative approach to healing addresses the complex interplay between the biological, behavioral, psychological, spiritual, relational, and environmental factors that contribute to internal and external disharmony. Integrative healing honors the internal wisdom of all living systems and trusts that healing power and intelligence is within us all.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. My work is informed by Interpersonal Neurobiology, Polyvagal Theory, and cutting-edge approaches for healing trauma and developmental wounding such as Somatic Experiencing, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Relational Bodywork and Somatic Education, and Safe Sound Protocol. I am also a current student of Energy Medicine and Body-Mind Centering. I am particularly interested in the way chronic stress and adverse emotional and physical experiences are held in the body and influence our physical health, our beliefs about ourselves and the world, and our capacity for connection. I reference the Adverse Childhood Experiences research in my work and pioneers who are working to expand how we label health conditions (Dr. Bessel Van der Kolk, author, The Body Keeps the Score). Many of my clients have been in traditional medical treatment for years without change and are seeking answers for long-term difficulties such as anxiety, depression, IBS, migraines, chronic fatigue, digestive disorders, gastroenteritis, ADHD, insomnia.
My approach is compassionate, affirming, and straight-forward. My goal is to support you in reconnecting to the body and in your innate capacity to heal.
Paula (She, Her, Hers)