Trauma and Body-Centered (Somatic) Work

Since 2006, I have been studying somatic, or body-centered, approaches to psychotherapy. When appropriate, and/or when a client comes specifically wishing to explore this aspect of embodied transformation, I integrate these techniques into sessions. In 2010, I became a certified practitioner of Somatic Experiencing, a highly refined, scientific, and evidence-based system of working with trauma in the body, founded upon the work of Dr. Peter Levine. I find these practices to be highly complimentary to yoga and other spiritual practices.

When appropriate, I find that safely integrating body-centered approaches into the psychotherapeutic setting often accelerates the process of transformation. Why? Because trauma is stored not only in the mind but in the body. Whereas somatic psychotherapy rarely involves physical touch, together we can locate where traumas and contractions are held within the body, and gently begin to unwind them “from the inside out”, releasing long-held tension from within. Through interweaving somatic approaches to understanding with other modalities of psychotherapy, and teaching and empowering clients how to do this for themselves, individuals learn to integrate this practice into their own lives and report significant changes in their ability to self-regulate their emotions and nervous systems. These practices can also be taught and practiced effectively through the medium of skype.

Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses, who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage.
Perhaps everything terrible is, in its deepest sense, something helpless that needs our love.

~Rainer Maria Rilke

May the heat of suffering become the fire of love.”

~ Lee Lozowick

Spiritual Guidance & Consultation

My spiritual guidance and consultation practice can be conducted via video and outside of the state of California. I consult, mediate, and assist in setting up holistic treatment for spiritual emergencies and crisis, provide support to spiritual teachers and communities in crises, and provide spiritual mentorship/friendship to practitioners from a variety of spiritual traditions.

As a spiritual friend/mentor, I am an ally who supports, serves as a sounding board, and embraces and shares the intensity that the spiritual path often brings. The spiritual path is a rocky road, full of potholes and pitfalls, and not meant to be traveled alone. In some cases, I provide guidance and mentorship for younger and newer spiritual practitioners. In other cases, I offer peer support to teachers and seasoned practitioners, helping them to work with their own challenges in their practices and teaching functions, and being a confidential ally.

In working with spiritual emergencies and crises, I work with complementary holistic modalities and collaborate with other healing professionals to help individuals stabilize from spiritual emergencies and re-integrate into functional, healthy living. Spiritual emergency occurs the spiritual awakenings and openings of healthy spiritual emergence become overwhelming, produce anxiety, impede functioning in daily life, jobs, and relationships. Spiritual emergencies are often misdiagnosed as mental illness. Learn more about Spiritual Emergence and Spiritual Emergency here.

I also consult to spiritual communities in crises and those effected by spiritual trauma. I have successfully mediated conflict in large and small spiritual scandals.