You've left or stepped back from the spiritual community that was once a massive part of your life. Now what?
Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate in Nashville, TN
Supervised by Jen Biddle, LPC-MHSP
My graduate training and education heavily focused on Internal Family Systems and Ego-State Therapy. Imagine if the bad-ass part of yourself that shows up at work could also be the part that shows up when you have lunch with your mother. That would be pretty powerful, and it's also fully possible. Conceptualizing who we are into parts of a diverse and hard-working team is such a powerful tool that can provide immediate results.
I found somatic therapy when I began noticing that my clients who had survived so much were experiencing a plateau in talk therapy. As a student of Somatic Experiencing and I continue to be amazed by the healing that can come from slow and gentle body-based therapy. Our bodies hold memories that our minds may not recall. Somatic therapy allows the Nervous System to complete the survival responses that were thwarted in the natural "freeze" that occurs during trauma.
I follow the three-stage model of trauma treatment. These stages aren't linear, but they serve as a framework for our time together. Safety: we create trust in our relationship, and build skills to ground and regulate. Processing: we gently process trauma through talk and somatic therapy. This is nothing like what we see in the movies. If we are at all dysregulated, trauma cannot be processed, meaning this is gentle but challenging! Integration: How do you move forward in a life you love?