"What the mind forgets, the body remembers in form of fear, pain and physical illness." - Louis Cozolino
Somatic psychotherapy is different from traditional 'talk therapy'. Rather than thinking or analyzing our way out of suffering, this approach gives primary attention to what is arising in the body and how it communicates with the mind. What happens to us [especially early in life] can continue to impact us in many ways -- the body stores our emotions and provides access to working with these events in the present moment. Mind and body are one, reflections of one another.
In this very moment, within each of us, there exists an innate ability to heal, grow and thrive. The symptoms that you are experiencing are intelligent communication from your nervous system that something is unresolved and is asking for attention. Through the direct experience of relationally oriented somatic psychotherapy, you will feel what it's like to relate differently to your wounded parts and your innate health, allowing for more creativity, openness, personal sovereignty & wholeness.
'Soma' means 'body' in Greek and our bodies are a part of nature, which is constantly changing, dying, growing and regenerating. We can learn how to relate differently to suffering as we become the most full, authentic versions of ourselves possible.There is a creative energy force that is moving through everything and everyone -- reminding us of the great paradox that we are both 'the drop in the ocean' and 'the entire ocean', the dreamer and the dream.
You are a unique, organic individual and your path to healing should be equally as personalized. I work collaboratively with you to 'meet you where you're at' as we establish a plan that addresses your short-term and long-term needs. Whether our individual sessions take place at my indoor office or in the outdoor office, without or with medicine [ketamine or cannabis], I maintain both a somatic and relational orientation to our work together. We will talk, but we will include the body in the conversation.