I'm a somatic psychotherapist that specializes in anxiety, depression, and trauma. My work is body-oriented, and mindfulness-based.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA
Somatic therapy honors and explores the connection between our body and mind. It is a highly experiential way of working to undercover barriers and adaptive responses to trauma that may be held in the body. As we study these stuck places, we are able to explore alternatives through posture, movement, and expression of active defenses that may not have been accessible to us at the time of traumatic events. These new resources help to settle the nervous system and bring back a sense of vitality.
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy combines talk therapy and mindful attention to the body, familiarizing us with the ways we show up in the world and in relationship. All of us have adapted brilliantly, based on our early experiences, but sometimes those adaptations can create issues for us as we move outside our family systems. By studying the connection between our body and mind, we can experiment with new ways of being in and finding resources in our bodies that lead to more fulfilling way of being.
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy uses mindful attention to the body to familiarize us with the ways we show up in the world and in relationship. All of us have adapted brilliantly, based on our early experiences. However, sometimes those adaptations can create issues for us as we move outside our family systems. By studying the connection between our body and mind, we can experiment with new ways of being in and finding resources in our bodies that lead to more fulfilling way of being.
Mindfulness allows us to dive below the level of talking about your issues. By attending to and studying your present moment experience, as we discuss them, we can learn what old patterns and beliefs are contributing to current day struggles. This slowing down allows us to make those unconscious habits conscious so that you can explore other options that might be more adaptive I the present.
Anxiety is often a sign of emotions that have not been able to be completely expressed. This shows up in our nervous systems as anxiety. I work frequently with the "parts" of ourselves that are holding onto those emotions or old beliefs that need to be heard, expressed, examined, and supported. When these parts can be heard and held, their level of activation can be calmed.
More than half of us experience early relationships that cause us to develop strategies that allow us to maximize the quality and amount of connection we can get from our caregivers. While those strategies once worked to keep us safe, they can play out later in ways that are challenging and painful. Building an understanding of these old embodied habits allows us to make new choices, and to practice them in a way that offers new possibilities for satisfying relationships.
Somatic therapy is rapidly becoming recognized for its ability to address trauma in a way that cognitive therapies cannot. What happens to us happens to the body and is stored there in somatic memory, causing us to "re-live" traumatic experiences again and again. Working with the body allows us to find keeps us stuck, so that we can allow the trauma to find a pathway toward completion, restoring health and balance to the nervous system.