Somatic Therapy in Northampton, MA

Somatic Experiencing (SE) addresses the impacts from overwhelming stress of all kinds.  We use the word 'trauma', but to many, that's confusing, because we're using it differently than how it gets used in psychotherapy.  In watching this video, you might try substituting the words 'overwhelming stress', disconnection', 'thwarted threat response', or 'disregulation'.

What we're talking about, is the body's natural physiological response to stress, or what happens in the body, when 'fight-flight' survival energy gets moblized but can't be used.  New neurobiologic studies are allowing us to better understand the physiological dynamics that underpin 'trauma' symptoms.  What's more, is that we're learning that everyone carries a stress load that fits somewhere on a 'Spectrum of Trauma' (Robert Scaer, 'The Trauma Spectrum') from mild to severe.  None of us escape it.  Though not all of us choose to do the work to heal it.

Opening to a joyful, passionate life happens more naturally, when our external lives mirror our inner beliefs, values and desires.  This is what I call integrity.  I help clients by creating safe space and offering skilled guidance for the process of re-membering who they are at their core.

Central to my work, is the belief that we each hold wisdom for our lives, that we each have a purpose that no one else can fulfill and that it can be profoundly painful to be disconnected from these inner resources. 

My work is particularly helpful for those who are ready to let go of old ways of thinking and being, in order to reach for what most strongly calls them forward.  Sometimes this is about the healing of painful places.  Other times its more simply about reflecting and supporting what's already unfolding.

Couples Work Communication, Conflict Resolution, Intimacy and Body-awareness
Individual Work Life Transitions, Chronic Pain, Trauma Integration, Stress Management, Intimacy and Body-awareness

Modalities from which I draw:

Somatic Experiencing in Northampton, MA

Developed by Dr. Peter Levine, SE teaches us that trauma does not exist in the events that happen to us, but rather in the nervous system where it's been recorded and where it can be integrated and healed. 

SE techniques help to re-establish the body’s capacity for self-regulation, and return a sense of aliveness, relaxation and wholeness to an individual who has lost this capacity. Along with EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), SE is fast becoming the method of choice for the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.

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Process Therapy in Northampton, MA

A body-centered form of psychotherapy

This work invites us to know ourselves as already whole, complete and lovable—an embodied, emotional, and spiritual being.  By drawing on a foundational trust in the wisdom of the body and various techniques that support its innate ability to heal, blocked places in our lives may be released, allowing us to re-source our joy, passion and enthusiasm for life once again.2

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Additional Modalities:

  • Core Energetics
  • Gestalt
  • Transformational Breathwork
  • Mindfulness training
  • Yoga philosophy and practice
  • Himalayan Tantra

1  Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, Boulder, CO
2  Shalom Mountain Retreat and Study Center, Livingston Manor, NY