When you engage in a therapeutic process with me, I have a number of therapeutic modalities and tools that may be used.
Below is an overview of these modalities, and what you may expect from each. These may be used individually or integrated together in a single session.
Somatic Movement & Expressive Therapy
This experiential approach is used to consciously explore the relationship between the body, mind, emotion, movement, and sensory information with an emphasis on one’s inner experience and felt sense. Non-verbal communication and expression may be incorporated through the use of postures, gestures, breath, touch, movement sequences or other creative means offered by either the client or therapist, or in relationship together. Somatic awareness, movement patterns, and means of expression are useful to determine and shift habitual patterns into expanded repertoires which have a fuller range of possibility and choice, and may result in a sense of increased personal agency.
Massage Therapy, Bodywork, and Therapeutic Touch
Therapeutic touch can be used to clear tension and enhance client resourcing, initiate mind-body processes, and/or elicit other psycho-somatic-emotional processes which may have basis in early attachment patterns and wounds. Touch-based therapies may provide close proximity to the body, direct contact with the body, or mediated contact with the body through the use of props or other materials. The intentions of such touch and bodywork could include: enhanced awareness and grounding / anchoring of body parts, nurturing contact and holding, promote a shift in nervous system states, prompt subconscious associations and feelings, relieve tension in the tissues and joints, encourage movement of fluids, and promote homeostasis. Touch techniques may be combined with dialogue or any other method which may prove beneficial. Clients will remain clothed or draped per professional bodywork standards at all times. While touch can be highly impactful, it is not required and may be refused at any time.
Nervous System States Integration & Trauma Resolution
Stress and trauma often impact the function and structure of the central, autonomic, and somatic nervous systems, with direct implications to daily life functioning. Dysfunctional states or patterns can become locked into the body and nervous system, and can be altered through neural-plasticity with repetition. Client education about the nervous system and trauma is an integral component of body-oriented therapy. Experiential techniques that may be used to impact trauma held in the nervous system includes: breathwork, resourcing, pendulation between and movement through various nervous systems states, following autonomic nervous system responses towards resolution. Through such methods, it is anticipated that implicit body memories and events will begin to hold less charge and clients have increased distress tolerance and capacity for daily life challenges.
In energy psychology, subtle information such as symbols, images, light, vibration, color, and visible or invisible forms of energy within and around one’s physical body and the environment are used to engage subtle processes within a quantum energy field. Personal energy centers and energy channels may be engaged for its specific psychological or physiological correlation in Eastern or Western energy systems. Specific techniques could include: Bioenergetics, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), Kinesiology, and Elemental theory, Reiki. Some methods will require active participation and others are more passive. The intent is to help the client access inner resources, clear past experiences, and gain insight and personal agency in the totality of their embodied experience.
Non-Ordinary States Therapy
Non-ordinary states of consciousness are inherently a part of body-oriented therapy, which surfaces implicit and subconscious material. Specific techniques to invoke non-ordinary states of consciousness may be used to help the client access information that is not rational, linear, or concrete in nature. Guided meditations / visualizations, breathwork, and other mind-body practices may be used. Personal and transpersonal themes, altered states of consciousness, and various forms of spiritual emergence may be explored in a non-pathologizing manner, through the lensing of objective science and subjective experience, regardless if factual evidence of concrete experience is available. A client’s individual spiritual and existential beliefs are prioritized, with guidance from the therapist as appropriate to support archetypal narratives, soul patterning, and existential meaning.
Entheogenic Education, Therapy & Integration
These services are offered to select clients only with prior screening, discussion, and approval by both the therapist and client. A separate approval process and agreement is required for any clients interested to engage in this type of work. Please refer to service descriptions and terms in the addendum document if applicable to you.