Greetings, and welcome to my website! I’m glad you stopped by.
My name is Andrea. I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of California (License No. LCS 21604). I’m also a somatic psychotherapist, an ecotherapist and a certified California Naturalist (through the University of California).
This website provides information about my somatic psychotherapy practice, and my environmental regenerative practice, in Long Beach, CA, USA. Here, you’ll also find some information about somatic (body-based) modalities for healing stress and trauma, anxiety and depression. I’m also including information about sustainability and regenerative practices, and healing the relationship between humans and nature.
In my psychotherapy practice, I support clients in learning to:
* Reduce or eliminate symptoms;
* Function better at work, home and at play;
* Increase their sense of vitality and liveliness;
* Feel more comfortable in their own skin and more confident in the world.
The primary therapeutic method I practice is called Somatic Experiencing , or SE. I help people learn the language of their unconscious minds and bodies. Then we can work effectively with the body, to reduce or eliminate the symptoms.
It’s my firm belief that it’s essential to include the body’s feelings and reactions in therapy. Why is that? Because that’s the primary place where the trauma lives. That’s why it can be very difficult or impossible to “think” trauma away! The body’s survival responses are much more powerful than the thought process.
My clients and I often find that anxious or depressed thoughts, and other symptoms, are part of an incomplete stress response. These stress responses get stuck in the nervous system (or other places in the body). The thoughts may then also make the stress response worse. In my experience, our bodies are also involved with most other symptoms that bring people into therapy. I have found that a calm, well-regulated nervous system does not tend to produce problems in mood or behavior.
Our physical bodies contain incredibly powerful energy! For some people, it’s nearly explosive. We are talking about survival energy here, and that is our most potent. It is what enables a five foot two inch tall mother to lift a car off of her child. Due to the profound impact of these survival states, and how tricky it can be to unwind them, an experienced practitioner is needed to help create or restore a good state of self-regulation in the mind, body and spirit.
Note: For clients of my psychotherapy practice, participation in Ecotherapy or sustainability is entirely optional! The treatment plan is tailored to the individual or couple’s needs.
Here are issues I frequently work with:
* Eating problems and substance abuse
* Trauma and post-traumatic stress/PTSD
* Low motivation
* Relationship difficulties, difficulty relating to others; feeling disconnected or alone
* Difficulty in managing emotions
* Childhoods that might have seemed okay, but were actually kind of rough in subtle ways
* Childhoods that were clearly difficult in some way(s)
My blog explores various aspects of healing stress and trauma, and depression and anxiety, as well as occasional forays into other topics of interest. Please feel free to visit!
Please do read my disclaimer (terms and conditions) page.
You’re also welcome to contact me to discuss therapy for stress, trauma, anxiety, or depression, and other issues.
You can follow me on Twitter: @somaticwise or tune in to my YouTube channel: SomaticWise