My journey to being a more embodied human…
Although I was a dancer in my early years, my experience of being an embodied human took a real turn in adolescence and I had to work my way back to having a healthy relationship with it during my young adulthood. Yoga and mindfulness were an essential part of my work towards embodiment. I relocated to Hawaii in my 20’s, where I lived and studied for 13 years, exploring various forms of meditation, movement, and non-Western spiritual practices.
While in Hawaii, I obtained a Master’s in Social Work. At that time, I applied treatment modalities, such as Gestalt Therapy and Focusing, that supported the mind-body connection. During this time, I also co-created an intensive outpatient treatment program with Dr. Anita Johnston, author of Eating in the Light of the Moon. In 2005, I relocated to Durham, NC to work for Duke University Counseling and Psychological Services. During my transition to North Carolina, I engaged in the exploration of embodiment through movement methods such as the 5-Rhythms and Authentic Movement, eventually training with Dan Leven (creator of Shake Your Soul).
Today, my healing skills are designed to address the intersection of body, mind, and soul. I offer an integrative approach that weaves together my knowledge of interpersonal neurobiology, traumatology, and sensory processing. I am trained in a wide-range of neurophysiological methods to support change and build resilience such as Somatic Experiencing, Relational Bodywork and Somatic Education (BASE), Transforming Touch, and Safe Sound Protocol. I am also a student of Qi Gong, Body-Mind Centering, and various forms of energy medicine.
Individuals who are likely to benefit from my approach are those who desire an integrative approach to health or perhaps are curious about the mind, body, spirit connection. I hold the belief that healing takes place in the context of relationship both to ourselves and to others. And, that much of our healing is about “recovering”, “reconnecting” and “remembering” our innate worth as humans.
Typical goals for healing may include:
- Deepening your relationship to self
- Strengthening your sense of connection to others
- Reclaiming a sense of balance in your life
- Expanding capacity to tolerate feelings or enhancing the ability to access emotions
- Improving physical vitality and energy level
- Learning to slow down and settle the nervous system to improve digestion, sleep, or overall health.
- Reducing symptoms such as anxiety or depression, insomnia, IBS, digestive issues, and autoimmune issues