Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.” ~Mary Anne Radmacher
If “talking alone” has provided you with “awareness and understanding” but has not resulted in changing your mood, behaviors, relationships, or lifestyle – there is another option.
As a provider who focuses on biophysiological healing, I believe that patterns that keep you stuck are not just mental—they are in the body. Research now indicates that our bodies hold onto the past and this can be reflected in our current symptomology. In the book, The Body Keeps the Score, psychiatrist Bessel Van der Kolk writes, “A further step is to observe the interplay between your thoughts and your physical sensations. How are particular thoughts registered in your body? (Do thoughts like “My father loves me” or “my girlfriend dumped me” produce different sensations?) Becoming aware of how your body organizes particular emotions or memories opens up the possibility of releasing sensations and impulses you once blocked in order to survive.” ― Bessel A. van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
In our sessions I will teach you about the latest research on neurobiology, physiological health, and the autonomic nervous system as well as its connection to your emotions and your relational world. I will assist you in understanding how breathing, internal sensations, and movement are pathways to healing.
Books that I often recommend are list below:
- Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, by Donna Jackson Nakazawa
- The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-term Effects of Childhood Adversity, by Dr. Nadine Burke Harris
- Nurturing Resilience, by Kathy Kain and Steve Terrell
- The Power of Attachment, by Dianne Poole Heller
- Healing Trauma, by Peter Levine
- Complex PTSD-From Surviving to Thriving, by Pete Walker
- The Trauma Tool Kit, by Susan Pease Banitt
- Parenting from the Inside Out, by Dan Siegel
* Please note that I do not work with persons who are actively suicidal or have bipolar diagnosis due to the demands of my teaching schedule and travel that is associated with my training program.
*Additionally, I also do not work with persons who are currently abusing drugs or alcohol. Addictive substances will interfere with somatic interventions and make it less effective. If you actively struggle with an addiction then I would require a period of remission prior to obtaining somatic therapy.
*Lastly, the type of work I do requires motivation from the client, and homework is usually involved.
Benefits of Somatic Therapy Include:
- Greater sense of confidence
- Reframing current and past negative events
- Reduced discomfort, strain, and worry
- Heightened ability to concentrate
- Greater resilience to stress in the future
- Sense of clarity and meaning
- Increase in activity and engagement with others
- Improved sense of calm, positivism, and hope