WORK WITH ME
One of the most important things to know about working with me is that I developed a method of approaching the body so I don't activate a person's fight, flight, or freeze response.
My broad and non-invasive approach can be confusing at first. In more traditional bodywork, clients are prepared for the treatments to hurt because part of the process is "smashing away the pain." But in my method, the opposite is true.
I don't want to address pain by inflicting pain.
The nervous system acts as the gatekeeper to all of the other systems in the body. If a person's stress response is activated - if they are in fight, flight, or freeze - the nervous system doesn't want to let anyone in. Working with a client in this state basically means that we will work against ourselves. (By the way, sometimes it does get activated, but we work with it in real-time to neutralize it. I don’t want people thinking that they are doing something wrong if they get triggered in session. Triggers definitely happen, but we always work with them when they arise.)
When we address and respect this system as a whole, the defenses drop. Then we can slowly and carefully begin to work with the body, with the rest and digest responses engaged. The body in that state of neutrality allows me to help the client's body fix what is restricted. This is the most conducive environment for healing.
As the client's body starts to trust me, the client actually starts trusting themselves and their own capacity for healing. And as the client experiences their own healing during the sessions, they carry that success into other aspects of their life. It's a holistic approach that creates new neural pathways that support our evolution into healthy and creative innovation and integration.
I built my trauma-informed practice to offer my clients relief from psychosomatic and emotional pain. The past decade of specialized trauma-informed approach has been the most humbling and rewarding yet. If you'd like to hear me discuss my own healing journey and about my practice, you can do so by listening to my interview on the podcast, Your Life After. I enjoy working with anyone willing to take personal responsibility to deal with their own shit. However, there's a special place in my heart for sexual assault, incest, and domestic abuse survivors, adults with developmental trauma from dysfunctional family systems, and spiritual abuse survivors.