My background is in massage therapy and bodywork. Through working with people who are processing trauma I have come to believe that our deepest wound is less the things that have happened to us, and more the way those things have separated us from the felt sense of our own goodness, our own light. This separation can show up in our bodies in so many ways, but it is also in the world of the body that reconciliation becomes possible. I see myself as a facilitator and fellow traveler on this road of inner reconciliation
Training and Experience
I received my massage therapy license in the summer of 2012. I started out working with people who were in an intensive, in-patient recovery center. I initially viewed bodywork in this setting as a simple support and source of relaxation for clients. I quickly learned that--while the people I was working with were focused on recovery from addictions and eating disorders--their bodies appeared to be processing or expressing information related to past traumatic events. With no prior interest in trauma, I embarked on extensive training in Somatic Experiencing (SE) with the simple intention of learning more so that I could provide safety in my massage sessions. Along with SE training, I completed Bodywork and Somatic Education (BASE) training with Dave Berger. Both of these trainings informed the way I work and changed the way I view the world and myself.
Experience and Interests
Before relocating to Canada in 2018, I worked in Nashville, TN alongside Patricia Dean, LMFT. Over time, we developed a way of integrating somatic psychotherapy (provided by Patricia), and bodywork (provided by me). I have had the honour of learning from and supporting clients with a wide range of mental health challenges including Eating Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Traumatic Brain Injury, Dissociative Identity Disorder, Substance Abuse issues and survivors of sexual violence. I also worked with clients who suffered with lingering physical issues from past traumatic events, such as decreased range of motion, chronic headaches, and chronic muscle constriction. From these clients, and from teachers such as Dave Berger and Kathy Kain, I have developed a flexible and personalized approach to bodywork for trauma integration.