You're not broken, you're just stuck.
Trauma Therapy for all Identities
You have big feelings and you’re not sure what to do with them.
Do you feel stuck? Do you struggle with anxiety or depression? Do you often feel like a deer in headlights? Do you feel imprisoned by what triggers you? Do you live with chronic pain?
Chances are your body is stuck in a state of self-defense.
You’re not broken.
Though it might not always feel incredibly helpful, these defensive states are our bodies' way of looking out for us.
When I first started learning about trauma, stress, and the nervous system I felt like everything finally made sense. I felt like I finally made sense. And I felt like I had options.
You can feel better in your body.
Just like your body looks out for you, I can help you look out for your body in return.
Somatic approaches (meaning, mindful and body-based approaches) have helped me feel more capable of caring for myself, doing hard things, and communicating with loved ones about my needs and boundaries.
Somatic approaches can help you feel more capable of doing life too.
Learn more about the history and purpose of somatic approaches on my blog.
Benefits of Working Together
Befriend Your Body
You might be asking yourself, “why do I feel this way?” or “why do I always do this?”. Together, we’ll explore your patterns and where they come from. From there, You can make choices that are more in alignment with what feels good. Imagine being present in life and feeling capable of meeting your own needs instead of feeling completely overwhelmed or looking to others to fix you.
Release stuck trauma
Trauma isn't what happened to us, it's the impact of experiencing something that is too much for our nervous system to handle. As a result, trauma leaves us stuck with chronic patterns of tension, shame, panic, impulsivity, and more. Through somatic processing strategies, such as sensorimotor psychotherapy, we can help your body move trauma that is stuck in your body.
Find peace with your story
Grief is a huge part of trauma that is not often talked about. When you experience trauma, it can feel like you've lost something - whether that be losing you've, losing your sense of safety, or losing certain relationships, for instance. Together we can find peace with your story and write new chapters.
Cultivate the life you've always dreamed of
You might feel isolated as a result of your trauma, or feel anxious about going out and meeting new people. Maybe you are wishing for a different career, or the courage to try a new hobby. We can help you develop the skills and emotional strength to go out there and create the life you want!
What are sessions like?
We'll begin each session with centering. This can time for you to settle in silently or I can facilitate a simple practice. The goal is for you to fully transition to our time together, and to notice what's coming up for you and how you want to spend our time.
Setting the Frame
It's important that we generally have one focus area each session. If there are multiple things pulling at you, we can start with one and see if we have time for more. It's also possible that we might be able to find a common theme amongst them.
This is the "meat" of our session. Depending on what's coming up for you we may do more talking or we may do more somatic stuff. This could include grounding practice, exploring sensation or experimenting with different postures, and more.
Connection to Goals
Toward the end of the session, let's check in on your overarching goals. We'll notice what you're taking with you from the session and what you'd like to explore more in future sessions.