Talk therapy analyzes thoughts and emotions, keeping the inquiry exclusively in the mind. This actually makes it more difficult to connect to the body, which is the key to integrating and understanding our total physical, emotional and psychological well-being.
Somatic Psychotherapy connects the mind to the body. It allows the body to reveal what our conscious mind tries to hide and acknowledges it as a crucial aspect of our healing and self-discovery. It places attention on how the body feels in the present moment and teaches us to tolerate discomfort rather than turn away or react against it. This focus on first hand experience helps reveal our self-limiting beliefs and conditioned habitual patterning in a deeper way than talk therapy allows.
As we connect our thoughts and emotions to what we feel in our bodies, we open communication between the conscious and unconscious parts of ourselves and begin to feel more whole and connected. Through this inquiry we grow a more intimate understanding of why we do what we do and learn how to respond to difficult circumstances in a way that helps us to maintain a sense of balance and equanimity. We discover aspects of the Self that have been lost or hidden and make way for the discovery of new, better ways of connecting to and living with our body and emotions.
During session I help you to meet whatever is arising in the present moment, welcome the emotion, and locate where it is in your body. I help you put words to your physical experiences and build a language that takes you into deeper relationship with what you are feeling, which furthers your connection and understanding of yourself. As you begin to welcome and learn to “be with” things just as they are, conflict ends, creating space for new understanding to shine through.
I offer sessions for individuals, couples, and adolescents.