Birth Doula • Somatic Practitioner
...this very body that we have, that's sitting here right now, with its aches and its pleasures ...is exactly what we need to be fully Human, fully awake, fully alive - pema chodron
Somatic Integration Work*
Central to any healing work is the aim of integrating our mental, emotional and physical states. When there is separation and tension between these realms, there is often stress which, when unacknowledged, can eventually lead to illness.
Treating physical symptoms without any psycho-emotional context is a fools errand. Furthermore, as we learn more about the impact of structural , systemic and cultural forces on mental, emotional and physical health - we understand that context is everything and that more often than not, the body holds the keys to the whole picture.
\\This is the essence of somatic work - honoring the felt experience of the body
as foundational to the well being of the whole person.
The goal of somatic integration work is to bring increased awareness to our own autonomic state and habitual responses to stress so that we are free to become who we are in this world, rather than who we learned to be in order to survive.
How I Work
I work one on one with clients (via zoom or in person) to first establish a safe therapeutic alliance where we explore with mindful curiosity the issue(s) you would like to address.
We begin with three sessions over the course of a month and then reassess further work together as needed.
My role is not to 'figure out' what is 'wrong' with you, but rather to guide you in self awareness practices and mindful exploration of your somatic experience.
I encourage my clients to work both individually as well as in small group settings, when available and appropriate.
Who is Somatic Integration Work For?
While I have historically worked primarily with women in the context of birth and reproductive health, somatic integration therapy can be beneficial to anyone who feels curious about exploring the intersection of their mental, physical and emotional selves.
Somatic integration can be especially helpful for navigating:
intense birth experiences, transition to parenthood
psychedelic medicine journeys (prior and post)
* I am not a licensed mental health provider. I do not diagnose or treat mental health conditions. Referrals happily offered.