Nothing I accept about myself can be used against me to diminish me.
Jungian work orients around supporting you in becoming fully who you are and the development of a meaningful, soulful life. It involves parts work and is often summarized as "everything belongs" and encourages dreamwork as a means to inner-re-enchantment. "Like a living bridge, dreamwork is a practice in which we coax, weave, and tend to the roots of our separation- and in so doing, restore our membership in belonging."
Because this orientation is inherently non-pathologizing and holds space for the multitudes within each one of us, it is well-suited for those wanting to work outside of a medical model; within the deeper layers of the psyche, and for those who are experiencing marginalization.
In conjunction with this approach, 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 the communications within your "symptoms"; and watering the seeds in you so you may flourish into the fullness of who you are meant to be and what you were meant to do.
We don't so much solve our problems as we outgrow them. We add capacities and experiences that eventually make us bigger.
Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible.
Expressive Arts Therapy is a cutting edge methodology being called upon by leading trauma experts, such as Bessel van der Kolk. This approach is 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; where trauma, body language, and other unconsciously generated communication and behavior lies.
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.
You can grow your imaginal faculties by listening to your dreams and intuitions, following synchronicities, and engaging your imagination.
Eventually, you will no longer be caught in the flat, rational existence of consensus culture, but begin to experience different ways of knowing; languages that are not tied to words alone, but speak in symbols, gestures, sounds, patterns, feelings, and rhythms that are layered with meaning.
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.
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
Clarissa Pinkola Estés
THERESE NOËL ALLEN
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