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It may not feel like it yet, but you already contain within you all the wisdom you need in order to heal. As a somatic therapist, I can support you in tending to these subtle instincts so that you can access a better sense of who you are, find more fulfillment and freedom in relationships, and experience the world in new ways.
My approach is rooted first and foremost in warm, collaborative relationship and in a deep respect for the sacredness of the healing process. I draw from several somatic therapies, including somatic trauma therapies. (For more on somatics, please see below.) I am also guided by a collective liberation lens and by the teachings of the natural world.
As you consider reaching out for therapy, know that I have also been through pain and struggle. I am inspired by your path.
Here are of some of the things my clients and I work on together:
Anxiety & panic
Complex trauma, including childhood trauma
Impacts of oppression based on sex, race, income, ability, gender identity & sexual orientation
Recovery from abuse
Anger & befriending healthy aggression
Political & climate anxiety/grief
I work with adults ages 18 and over.
“Beneath that net of shadow identities, we are something else—much, much more vibrant, beautiful, glorious things we are… and every cell in your body, every molecule is crying out for that.”
— Tyson Yunkaporta
Somatic therapy is powerful because it addresses the embodied roots of psychological distress, allowing deeper levels of healing than talk therapy alone. The therapeutic approaches that inform my work include Somatic Experiencing, Hakomi, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and somatic parts work, as well as attachment and nervous system theories.
In addition to exploring thoughts, emotions, and memories in session, we will also pay attention to sensation, impulses, and imagery, and might experiment with movement, sound, grounding, or breath. I help clients develop awareness of the ways our nervous systems' fear response can shape our lives and we collaborate to create new experiences of safety, belonging, agency, and selfhood.
As we learn to access a sense of internal safety and self-trust, our nervous systems gain the capacity to feel the instinctual human longing for deep connection to ourselves, each other, and our world. In this way, individual somatic healing also holds seeds of cultural transformation.
I live and work on the unceded ancestral lands of the Coast Salish people, specifically the Duwamish Tribe and the Snoqualmie Tribe. I recognize that acknowledgement is a first step towards honoring the first people of this land and the land they continue to care for today, and that accountable relationship and action make this step meaningful.
It's important to note that while embodied knowing is instinctual in all of us, somatics as a field of study often lifts from Indigenous embodied healing practices with little acknowledgement or reciprocity. Black, Indigenous, and communities of color continue these healing practices today, despite legacies of colonization. Check out the Embodiment Institute's Black Embodiment Initiative, and consider supporting their amazing work.
I am in my own process around how to address appropriation and lineage in my work and life.