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My Approach

 

Hello and thank you for stopping by!

 

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 become able to access more ease, vitality, joy, agency, and connection in your daily life.

 

My approach is rooted first and foremost in a deep respect for my clients and for the wonders of the healing process. I work collaboratively, drawing 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 darkness. I am inspired by your path.

 

Here are of some of the things my clients and I work on together:
 

  • Trauma & abuse: sexual, emotional, physical & religious

  • Oppression-based trauma & stress

  • Anxiety & panic

  • Depression & dissociation

  • Anger & befriending healthy aggression

  • Burnout

  • Political & climate anxiety/grief

  • Relationship conflict

  • Self-worth & self-compassion

  • Attachment struggles


I work with adults ages 18 and over. All are welcome.

"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

About somatics...

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Somatic therapy is powerful because it addresses the embodied roots of psychological distress, allowing deeper levels of healing than talk therapy alone. My approach is grounded in attachment and nervous system theories and draws from Somatic Experiencing, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and somatic parts work.

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 felt experiences of safety, belonging, power, 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.

Acknowledgements

      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.

      Click here to learn how you can support the Duwamish Tribe. To learn about supporting the Snoqualmie Tribe Ancestral Lands Movement, click here.

      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

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