A Somatic Approach for Trauma, Anxiety, Depression & Chronic Conditions
What should I expect during a session?
Craniosacral therapy sets the framework for Tele's gentle, intuitively guided, trauma-informed bodywork practice. Clients can begin to release chronic holding and tension patterns and begin to notice the more subtle movements of their bodies, leading to greater self-awareness. Clients remain fully clothed and usually feel deeply relaxed during sessions. Techniques can include biodynamic craniosacral therapy, alchemical alignment, visceral manipulation, energy medicine and experiential meditation.
Sessions are based on the understanding that healing happens in the present moment. There is no routine, no formula and no predetermined order to follow. The work is completely individualized based on what you need to support your health and reconnect with yourself. This is a present-time approach that does not require clients to recount their stories and should not be confused as a replacement for psychotherapy, although it can compliment mental health counseling and/or meditative practice.
What kinds of conditions do you treat?
Tele follows an approach to healing that focuses on the health and the wholeness of each client. She has extensive training in trauma resolution and focuses on the ways lived experiences of trauma can show up in our everyday lives. Anxiety, depression and chronic conditions including stress, pain, fatigue and autoimmune conditions can all be symptoms that our bodies are holding onto the past. This work helps to integrate those patterns of nervous system activation
How many visits will I need?
That depends on what your goals are. The work does not require a weekly or long term commitment, although some people find it helpful to set an intention around a particular piece of their healing work. Typically, clients see improvement in their symptoms somewhere between 3-5 sessions. However, you will know if it’s the right fit after the first session.
People living with chronic conditions may find that a few sessions close together followed by monthly, or quarterly maintenance visits are effective additions to their self-care plan. Healers and caregivers may find that sessions can help them expand their self-care routines, prevent burn-out and stay grounded in their work.
What does it mean to be trauma-informed?
Trauma-informed bodywork has been developed to address what happens when stressful and traumatic events become held in the body.
Through an understanding of the physiology of the nervous system, it is recognized that each of us has our own range of resilience that can be expanded over time. Clients are empowered to guide their own healing, bringing about a greater level of self-awareness and self-regulation. When our lived experiences have included the "everyday trauma" of oppression, marginalization and historical/ancestral trauma this work can be of great benefit towards finding and embodied sense of freedom.
It requires practitioners to be fully present as clients explore their experience and recognizes that trust, time, compassion, and judgement-free space create the foundation for healing. Building from that foundation, chronic patterns of pain, anxiety and fatigue can be transformed, allowing clients to experience a more integrated sense of health and wholeness.
Do I have to have a trauma history to benefit from the work?
Not at all. The work helps people become more embodied, find greater ease in their bodies, connect with themselves and repair their boundaries. That can be helpful for anyone, regardless of their past.
Do you accept insurance?
Unfortunately at this time insurance companies do not cover these services. Some clients choose to pay with their HSA or FSA accounts.
Options for working together...
In person bodywork sessions offer an opportunity to work together one on one in the comfort and safety of my office Parkville, MD.
We work together via skype or phone to help you increase your body awareness as you clear, complete and integrate the old protection patterns of your nervous system that get in the way of being able to live and work with clarity and presence.
Using somatic awareness, trauma resolution skills, energy work and guided imagery, these sessions help you stay grounded, clear the places where your body is holding the stories of others, heal past boundary violations, and nourish your resilience to stress, burnout, overwhelm, and secondary traumatic stress.
Clients with busy schedules and clients outside of the Baltimore-Washington area will find this to be a convenient way to continue their healing.
45, 60 and 90 minutes sessions. Free phone consultations available.
If we have worked together before or if you have taken a class with me and you would like to experience a session using the support of nature to help establish a deeper sense of regulation, please be in touch.
Sessions take place, weather permitting, at Cromwell Valley Park.