A Somatic Approach for Trauma & Compassion Fatigue
We live in interesting times. Stressful lives and painful histories are all too common, and as caregivers we often carry the weight of the people and communities we serve in addition to our own personal responsibilities. Sometimes it feels like too much life comes at us too quickly. When we're overwhelmed, our bodies do their best to protect us from what we're experiencing.
It just happens that the protection can show up in ways that feel like we're living through a raging storm. Maybe it's sleepless nights, anxiety, chronic pain or tension. Maybe you're functioning on auto-pilot and can't seem to relax. Maybe you're fatigued or depressed. Maybe you've been living on the edge of exhaustion for so long that you don't feel much of anything anymore.
This work is about learning how to be the calm at the center of the storm that is life. It's about remembering the language of your body so you can become more empowered in your health. It's about healing the wounds of your past so you can become more fully present. It honors the integration of body-mind-spirit and recognizes that healing is a journey, not a destination.
When we're in true alignment with ourselves, we can feel more whole and connected. When we really know our own bodies and inner landscapes, then we are able to move through the world with greater clarity, energy and compassion.
What should I expect during a session?
This is a 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 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.
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 1-3 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.
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.
Individual sessions take place via skype or phone and focus on clearing and realigning the places where your body holds the residual effects from client/patient trauma and workplace pressure. We work together to help you increase your body awareness as you 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, energy work and guided imagery, these sessions help you stay grounded, clear the places where you're 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. Sliding Scale fees available for clients working directly with traumatized populations.
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.