Nothing I accept about myself can be used against me to diminish me.
Together, we get to know you; a you beyond your past and limited narratives. We hold space for this wondrous, beautiful creature, with a clear purpose here on earth, trying to emerge.
Along with a background in trauma and Jungian studies, I draw from feminism, eco-therapy, the transpersonal, mythology and folklore.
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; listening to "symptoms" as meaningful communication, and watering the golden seeds in you so you may flourish into the fullness of who you are meant to be and what you were meant to do.
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 does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible.
Expressive Arts Therapy is a unique and cutting edge methodology able to hold the felt sense in a way that words alone can not. Its foundation is in the naturally imagistic and symbolic realms of our psychic landscapes.
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.
I am long past trying
to mend this broken heart.
I am just trying
to hold all the pieces
and honor every part
of this cracked open holy geode
that lives inside my chest. [It] is a home for a phoenix or for an animal;
any animal in need of rest.
My Joy is Heavy!
The body remembers what the mind forgets.
-Jacob Levy Moreno
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 often out of alignment with our beliefs or conscious values.
Somatic therapy supports new freedom, capacities, choices, and ways of being in our bodies, allowing more of us to emerge, and greater alignment between what we embody and hold conscious.
We don't so much solve our problems as we outgrow them. We add capacities and experiences that eventually make us bigger.
THERESE NOËL ALLEN
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