Somatic therapy employs a holistic approach to becoming aware of the body and mind while working skillfully and compassionately with trauma. Using the relationship between the body and mind, somatic therapy helps individuals in coping with past wounds that are showing up in painful ways in the present. These issues can take form as tightened muscles or tension in the head, neck, or shoulders, worried thoughts, a racing mind, or general discomfort in the mind and body. In somatic therapy we work towards becoming present with these sensations in a safe, deliberate, conscious way.
The mindful experience of sensation can lead to the underlying causes of feelings such as anger or pain. As a therapist, I help guide my clients navigate the complexity of the concerns or issues that may come up during this exploration. We do this work carefully, and slowly, allowing the client to feel safe and in charge at all times. I also help clients gain a deeper, more aware sense of the present moment, which in turn allows a more deft handling of a number of problems, no matter their size.
As a licensed professional counselor based in North Carolina, I specialize in working with people who suffer from trauma. Working in the mental health community since 1996, I received my Masters Degree in Contemplative Psychology from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. I am currently an instructor with the Trauma Resource Institute and frequently train other therapists in mindful, compassionate approaches to effectively working with trauma. I work with both English and Spanish speakers, and my office is located in the Jackson Building, in downtown Asheville.