Coming home to your body and self involves deep nourishing, a practice of inner mothering and divine feeding, using somatic psychotherapy.
Associate Professional Counselor in Decatur, GA
Supervised by Janet Fluker, LPC
From a somatic therapy perspective, Attachment Theory stems from our deepest need for inner nourishment, sacred knowing and a steady foundation. From the core of our being outward, a steady sense of safety and security sets the stage for a healthy nervous system and well-developed, wakeful sense of self. Regardless of one's childhood, life has way of interrupting our safety and security, which can be re-patterned, recharged and renewed in a warm therapeutic relationship.
A mindfulness approach in therapy offers an enlivened and embodied presence inside the therapy room as well as outside -- using expressive arts, movement, talk therapy, nature, narrative therapy, etc. Mindfulness techniques are an accessible and creative path to wakefulness which paves the way for a richer life of acceptance, healing, change, wholeness and self-expression. Mindfulness can be combined with cognitive or somatic techniques, which I always approach with a trauma-informed framework.
Using a combination of somatic psychology, movement therapy, sensorimotor therapy, developmental movement and experiential mindfulness, I gently invite the body into therapy through a trauma-sensitive framework. Paying attention the body’s messages, patterns and sensations through a process-based approach offers insight into not only the felt sense but also the unconscious which can provide a more nuanced, experiential pathway to living more fulfilled and healthily embodied.
While my loves are helping those struggling with disordered eating and/or maternal mental health/grief issues, all of my work with clients and groups is grounded through an attachment theory lens. Regularly, I invite mothering archetypes and metaphors into my work with clients as a way to help them rediscover and eventually re-pattern their own inner mothering or parenting. When we feel securely and safely attached to an internal source of grounding, we can ride life's waves with steadiness.
Pregnancy and postpartum can be powerful, overwhelming and richly transformational all at the same time. I love working with those who are trying to get pregnant, experiencing loss or termination, navigating pregnancy, or the postpartum period. Pregnancy and postpartum is a calling for one's deep personal inner mothering as well as learning logistical coping and management skills. Plus, as a mother of two, I understand and can empathize on a personal level.
Helping those with disordered eating -- from emotional eating, to exercise obsession, to chronic dieting, to clinically diagnosed eating disorders -- is lifelong, deep work for me. I believe disordered eating behaviors are a way our deepest self asks, whispers, cries and begs for help, compassion, curiosity and care. Gently inviting the body into the process while also applying cognitive techniques helps us to comb through layers of richness, healing and possibility waiting to be discovered.