Who are you, really? Could your beliefs about yourself be real, but not the whole story? Might it be that there's nothing wrong with you, but like everyone, you’ve learned a way of being influenced by the causes and conditions of your life — the circumstances in which you’ve come to be? And that it’s possible to learn to live with a greater sense of groundedness and connection, self-compassion, freedom and joy? It all starts with arriving in the present moment: a shift in perspective can open a whole new world to wellbeing. I believe that within us, we each have a part of us, deep down, who is quite wise, who we can access to help guide us through our journey. The part of us we’ve pushed down or pushed away that can bring us more clarity and guide us towards taking in more ‘fresh air’ in our lives. Dr. Peter Levine of Somatic Experiencing says, "trauma is a fact of life but it doesn't have to be a life sentence." I know this to be true from my own personal experience. And I also know trauma doesn't have to be what some people have called "big T" trauma - an accident, assault, or natural disaster - it can also be developmental: that our needs as a child weren't met in the way we would have liked and needed to feel safe, seen and soothed — and secure. But we can learn to "titrate" or dip our toe into the water, slowly and gently, through a trusted holding space, to address some of these very young, wounded, overwhelmed, and/or angry and frustrated parts so they can be transformed and healed - and so they no longer get so easily triggered in your daily life. And that if or when they do, you’ll gain skills to relate to them differently, perhaps inviting in a curiosity and friendliness, instead of exclusively relying on the familiar, critical inner voice.
We can co-create this space with the use of mindfulness meditation, through noticing what's happening in the body through Somatic Experiencing and/or creative writing exercises in memoir/poetry. I'm a certified meditation teacher, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and poet/writer. I aim to deeply listen, support & create a trusted holding space to explore a full range of experience and empower & educate you with information about how the nervous system and neuroscience of the brain works, so you begin to understand you aren't just the "stories" about yourself that you may believe to be true. Mindfulness teaches us to drop into the awareness that is witnessing your thoughts, feelings, and experiences, and asks whether they are the only story. Establishing what’s known as metacognitive awareness, or mentalizing, is key to being with the challenging aspects of our experience in a new way: we become more equipped to relate to our life experiences differently, which can be a portal to transformation.
Many of us live in the past or the future. We ruminate and regret, or we have anxiety and worry about what may happen next in life. By learning how to regulate your own nervous system and by understanding what external "triggers" affect you - you can learn to be with and tolerate life's ups and downs in a new way, with fresh eyes, embodied presence, and an open, empowered and courageous heart. By turning towards that which we normally turn against, together we can open up to a new way of being, shifting from anger, fear and grief to curiosity, calm, and courage.
We can discuss what you would most like to address in a free phone or video consult. I can work with you in person in Brooklyn, and/or via video on Zoom at a time suitable to your schedule. My clients and students include those who identify as genderqueer, gay, lesbian and heterosexual, span racial/ethnic backgrounds, and serve the greater world as educators, corporate/professionals, activists, creatives (writers, artists, culinary creators), therapists, students, and more. It would be my privilege and honor to join you on your healing journey.
Sexual Orientation: Inclusive of all sexual orientations, heterosexual and members of the LBGTQIA+ community.
Ethnicity: Inclusive of all races and ethnicities.
Trauma and PTSD