My path to post-traumatic growth has been all about embodiment. Recovery from childhood sexual abuse lead me to the study and practice of different types of movement, meditation, somatic trauma resolution and sacred sexuality. It’s been a cyclical journey from surviving to thriving, continually bringing me home to the wisdom of the body, the medicine of the earth and the magic of the ancestors.
I have a Master's degree in Counselling, a Certificate in Feminist Narrative Therapy and I aim to be justice-oriented and anti-oppressive in my practice. That means that I’m committed to unlearning oppressive ways of being and I do my best to hold space for you to do the same.
My approach to healing is somatic, attachment-based and I have a holistic orientation towards sexuality which is to say that I believe that the erotic touches every aspect of life.
I welcome clients of all genders, sexual orientations & relationship configurations.
Kink and sex work affirming.
I use she/her and they/them pronouns.
I’ve completed three years of Somatic Experiencing (SE) training. SE is a model developed by Peter Levine that involves using interoception (your ability to feel your sensations and sense what’s happening inside of you) to feel for incomplete stress responses and to collaborate with the nervous system to bring these incomplete stress responses to a state of completion. I’m currently pursuing the supervision needed to certify in this modality.
The somatic training that I draw from most often is ReBloom, a trauma resolution modality developed by Rachael Maddox. The ReBloom body of work shares SE as a part of it's lineage because Rachael studied with Brigette Viskins who worked closely with Peter Levine before branching off and developing Alchemical Alignment. As a result of this shared lineage, in ReBloom we work with embodied trauma imprints in the same way as in SE. Rachael’s innovation was to house these teachings in more of a counter-cultural framework by developing a system of 7 Archetypes that map out a developmental path to post-traumatic growth.
I’m also a student of the Trika lineage of Non-dual Tantrik Saivism which is a set of spiritual teachings and practices that aim to support the practitioner in awakening to their essential nature. While I’m not a teacher of this path, I do draw therapeutic inspiration from these teachings and have found that the embodiment practices as well as the philosophical view of this lineage maps really well onto somatic practice.
It feels important to name that “somatics” is a relatively new concept. The term was originated by Thomas Hanna in the 1970’s. If we’re looking under the umbrella of Western psychotherapy we can trace some of the origins of somatics back to Wilhelm Reich’s conceptualization of traumatic experiences being stored in the body as “armouring”.
When we look out from underneath the umbrella of Western psychotherapy, we see that Indigenous cultures around the world have always had ways of moving trauma through the body, whether that be through song, dance or ritual. Through this lens, we may view the development of somatics in the Western psychotherapeutic world as a response to the dissociation and dis-embodiment resultant from colonialism.
Education, Training and Qualifications
Bachelors of Social Work – University of Victoria
Masters of Counselling – City University of Seattle
Certified ReBloom Trauma Resolution Guide
Certificate in Feminist Narrative Therapy – ProChoices Community Therapy Clinic
Somatic Experiencing Professional Training (3 Years)
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Professional Training
Vital Integrated Tantric Approach Certified Sexuality Coach
Thousands of Hours of Meditation Practice and Yogic Study
I would like to acknowledge that I live as an uninvited guest on the the stolen lands of the Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and the Stó:lō Nations.