During individual sessions, I’ll provide a safe and compassionate space where we can collaborate to help you….
- Decrease stress reactivity
- Increase self-compassion and self-acceptance
- Deal with physical pain
- Regulate your nervous system
- Undo the effects of prior traumas
- Learn to meditate
Sessions last fifty minutes to one hour and will be designed to address your particular needs and goals. If in-person meetings aren’t possible, Skype or Face Time are options.
What to expect in Individual Sessions –
Your initial session will be similar to traditional talk therapy as we get to know each other, address questions, discuss goals, and establish a sense of comfort and rapport. You’ll likely receive:
‣ education about the nervous system
‣ tools to help you feel more balanced
‣ suggestions for at-home practice
As we proceed, our time together will differ from traditional talk therapy as we’ll collaborate to track:
‣ bodily sensations
‣ images and thoughts
‣ movement impulses
You’ll learn to explore unpleasant sensations with curiosity and kindness rather than relating to them with judgment and fear. This stance towards experience is essential to healing.
Accessing your inner landscape –
Becoming aware of your “inner landscape” will enable you to delve below the thinking part of the brain into the more primitive region that governs the nervous system and stress reactivity. (If the thinking brain alone could address symptoms, we could simply talk ourselves out of anxiety or a panic attack!)
As you slow down and tune into the felt sense, you’ll allow the body’s natural intelligence to guide your healing process. Images and thoughts that arise from turning inward will add meaning to what you notice. This body-centered approach may help even when other techniques have had limited success.
Presence and Attunement –
“Therapeutic presence and the emergent relational presence can be healing for the client as they feel met, heard, and understood in a way that allows them to become more present within themselves, as well deeply and mutually present and connected. This allows clients to feel safe and emotionally held while opening to exploring the depth of their experience.” – Dr. Shari Geller
As a long time meditator, I’m able to be fully present and attuned during our time together. This resonance between us will be a key component of your healing process.
“The relationship [between a client and a fully present therapist] creates a larger sense of spaciousness and access to wisdom and flow that is opened in relationship to each other and the moment.” – S. Geller. Therapeutic presence as a foundation for relational depth
Our work together will proceed gently and compassionately as we allow your body/mind to release what blocks you from finding greater ease and balance. If you’re ready, please be in touch.
The services offered are not medical treatment or psychological therapy, and are not performed by a medical professional. Please consult with your doctor or therapist to determine if mindfulness, Somatic Experiencing®, or yoga is right for you.