Welcome to my website!

Greetings, and welcome to my website! I’m glad you stopped by.

NOTE: Due to the ongoing global pandemic, my practice is still online, via telehealth. I am not offering in person sessions at this time.  Please contact me for further details.

MISSION/PURPOSE:
The mission and purpose of my practice at SomaticWise is to support the well being of life on this planet.

One of the ways I do this, is by helping people heal from stress, overwhelm and trauma.

SOMATIC PSYCHOTHERAPY:
Somatic Psychotherapy is effective for helping clients learn to:
*  Reduce or eliminate symptoms;
*  Function better: at work, home, and 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 am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). With these tools, I help people learn the language of their unconscious minds and bodies. Then we can work in partnership with the body, to reduce or eliminate the symptoms of traumatic stress. 

I firmly believe 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’s nearly impossible to “think” trauma away! The body’s survival responses are much more powerful than the thought process. 

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. Survival energy is what enables a five foot two inch tall mother to lift a car off of her child.  

These survival states can have a very profound impact, and it is often very tricky to unwind them. Therefore, I believe it’s very important to work with an experienced practitioner to help restore a good state of self-regulation in the mind, body and spirit.
  

Here are issues I frequently work with:
*  Depression and anxiety
*  Low motivation
*  Eating problems and substance abuse
*  Anger/irritability
* Eco-anxiety, stress, despair about the state of the world/environment
*  Trauma and post-traumatic stress/PTSD
*  Racism, oppression, bullying, economic or other systemic stressors
*  Relationship difficulties, difficulty relating to others; feeling disconnected or alone
*  Difficulty in sensing or managing emotions (numbing, flooding)
*  Childhoods that might have seemed okay, but were actually kind of rough in subtle ways
*  Childhoods that were clearly difficult in some way(s)

Ecopsychology:

Ecopsychology involves healing the relationships between people and nature. Since our biosphere and ecosystems are what makes life possible on this planet, I see this as very important work. In practice, I find that deepening connections with nature can help people immensely. Much research has demonstrated that connection with nature supports people’s health, self-regulation, and well being. It also restores a sense of wonder and awe that we’re often missing, but is so important to our quality of life. 

In short, for those who are interested, Nature helps us feel good; people are drawn to nature, and it’s what makes life on earth possible.

 

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Writings, Social Media, Contacting Me

You’re welcome to contact me to discuss therapy for stress, trauma, anxiety, or depression, and other issues. My contact information is at the bottom of the “About Me” page on this website. 

For a more in depth sense of how I work, please feel free to look at my writings about stress, trauma, trauma healing, and ecopsychology.
These articles are all linked at the bottom of my GoodTherapy.org page.

You can follow me on Twitter: @somaticwise or tune in to my YouTube channel: SomaticWise

Here is a video in which I explain what I do here at my practice, and why:

 

“Relentless, stubborn optimism.”

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Nature and therapy podcast!

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