My work is centered upon an offering of conditions that, with our joint commitment, have the capacity to co-create profound and lasting healing of developmental and complex trauma, deepen a sense of meaning and life purpose, and relieve layers of suffering. Along with a background in trauma and Jungian studies, I draw from feminism, eco-therapy, the transpersonal, mythology and folklore, and holding social context, including systems of oppression.
I offer a collaborative and confidential relationship based on acceptance, empathy, curiosity, respect, and mutual commitment.
I meet my clients in a process of looking deeply into themselves with empathic understanding.
The doors to the world of the wild Self are few but precious. If you have a deep scar, that is a door. If you have an old, old story, that is a door. If you love the sky and the water so much you almost cannot bear it, that is a door. If you yearn for a deeper life, a full life, a sane life, that is a door.
-Clarissa Pinkola Estés
Art makes the invisible visible. -Paul Klee
Expressive Arts Therapy is a unique and cutting edge methodology able to hold the felt sense in a way that words alone can not. Given its foundation in the imagistic and symbolic realms of our psychic landscapes, expressive arts therapy is highly effective and a treatment of choice in addressing trauma and creating change.
Our social context instructs us to seek symptom relief. However, as we are able to engage our creative inner-landscapes, no matter how troubled, with skillful companionship, we find not only greater resilience, but a greater sense of meaning, inner-riches, and senses of wonder, awe, and aliveness.
So come to the pond,
or the river of your imagination,
or the harbor of your longing,
and put your lips to the world.
And live your life.
-Mary Oliver, Red Bird
I am trained through Generative Somatics and Strozzi Somatics, both of which teach that individual and collective healing are deeply interdependent. Our personal well-being and the well-being of our communities are not determined by what we believe cognitively, but by what we embody.
Generally experts agree that only 7% of communication is verbal. This means that we are actually communicating far more with our bodies than our words, and this happens both quickly and, for the most part, unconsciously, as well as in ways that are out of alignment with our beliefs or conscious values.
Herein lies one of the core puzzle pieces to the mystery of how we end up in situations, relationships, or even traumas we didn't want again and again.
Through awareness and physical practices, somatic therapy creates new ways of being in our bodies that more accurately represent what we care about and want.
Nothing I accept about myself can be used against me
to diminish me.
THERESE NOËL ALLEN
Image at top of page by Carl Jung, The Red Book. Copyright © 2022 Therese Noël Allen, MFT - All Rights Reserved.