I've studied many different modalities of therapy through my over 25+ years of practicing psychotherapy. My primary way of working has evolved into using the newest nervous system-informed perspectives of Somatic Experiencing, as well as, other mindfulness-based approaches, including the Organic Intelligence model, as well as information from Dr. Dan Siegel and Dr. Steven Porges. I’ve become passionate about this work as it’s a profound and direct way to create deeper changes in life.
I use both Somatic Experiencing™ (traumahealing.org), to directly access the state of the nervous system, as well as, my extensive training in Hakomi™ (hakomiinstitute.com) to see and understand presenting issues, especially around developmental wounding.
Both of these approaches are somatic and emphasize mindfulness — working from the "bottom-up", from the body and nervous system into the psyche. This is in contrast to traditional “top down” therapy — which has its place and usefulness, but tends to involve management and control, rather than true and deep positive change.
Just as trauma and limiting habits result in less functional behaviors and are wired into our neurobiology; so too, the experiences in somatic therapy alter neural pathways for increased resilience, higher functioning and responsiveness.
Working mindfully with the body and the nervous system does just this — it changes the physical brain. As physiology changes, so does perception —and thereby options in life. This profound work leads us to experience life and its unpredictable challenges, with wholeness, increased resiliency, more contentment and a natural ease.
Ultimately, joy and aliveness are a natural outcome of a well regulated nervous system. Because all patterns of human struggle are connected to the autonomic nervous system, working in this way is wonderfully profound.