My Background and Approach
As an outlier on the Portland Therapy Center directory, I am not a therapist and do not provide mental health treatment. I am a Somatic Practitioner, which means that I listen and hold space for clients' sharing and experiences, and I offer guidance, experiential practice and coaching based in an understanding of how the body holds and processes chronic stress. I have a background in bodywork, Empowerment Self-Defense, nonprofit work, and am trained in Somatic Experiencing and Organic Intelligence- two leading clinical modalities for nervous system regulation, post-traumatic growth, and empowerment. My practice is deeply influenced by many years of study in my former Buddhist lineage, as well as study in nonviolent communication, secular mindfulness practice and healthy relationship.
Learn more about Somatic Experiencing (SE) here: www.traumahealing.org.
Learn more about Organic Intelligence (OI) here: www.organicintelligence.org.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I believe that we deserve to be seen and heard with non-judgement, compassion and positive regard, and that our nervous systems do what they do for a reason (many reasons). I believe that toxic shame can be healed, and that we can continually seek out the support, nourishment and feedback we need to learn, heal and grow, in order to align with our real values and to express our hopes and dreams. Authentic and sustainable change comes from a place of safety, respect and self-love.
I identify as femme, queer, nerd (for somatics and other things), and live South of Portland, OR with my partner and two cats. My interests include learning from indigenous perspectives, decolonization, animism, feminism, dance, writing, music, cooking and baking, backpacking and gardening.