Embodiment - it’s a word that gets used a lot these days, but what does it mean and how do you ‘get it’? The dictionary defines “to embody” as “making visible,” and for me that is exactly what our bodies and movement do. We all have bodies and we are always moving, even if it is just breathing. Our movement and body makes visible all of who we are: our mood, personality, history, family, and culture.
For those of us living with chronic illness or traumatic stress, being inside our bodies often feels more like a war zone than a safe haven. We might feel overwhelmed and tense on a regular basis or trend more toward feeling numb and shut down, perhaps even dissociated, but regardless of how our experiences show up in our bodies, one thing remains the same: Being “inside ourselves,” with our thoughts, feelings and emotions, feels scary, confusing and painful.
When we feel confident in our ability to navigate the worlds both inside and outside of us, our bodies and the feelings and experiences they contain start to feel like less threatening and we begin to build a new relationship with them.
Purposefully creating a sense of safety, security and vitality inside ourselves after trauma, illness or crisis can be likened to “returning home'“ and it’s a journey of reclamation.
Of your body, your mind, your soul…your life.
"Weakness is a great thing...strength is nothing. When a man is just born, he is weak and flexible. When he dies, he is hard and insensitive. When a tree is growing, it's tender and pliant. But when it's dry and hard, it dies. Hardness and strength are death's companions. Pliancy and weakness are expressions of the freshness of being...what has hardened will never win."//Andrei Tarkovsky
What Will We Do Together?
Embodied Healing is a mind body connection approach to healing that looks at a person as an integrated whole: mind + body + spirit. Traditional “talk therapy” often focuses solely on life history and the analysis of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. In contrast, mind body therapy incorporates these same principals, yet integrates the body and its' experience into the journey. The body holds memories, emotions, and sensations. It can be profoundly impactful to understand the body through the sensations, while allowing space for the nervous system to regulate.
As your practitioner, it is my job to facilitate and support your healing by giving you appropriate skills and resources to feel safe and secure while teaching you how to implement them into your daily practice.
During our time together, you will learn effective strategies for self-regulation and nervous system soothing, how to re-establish a communicative relationship with your body and emotions, what boundaries you need in place to feel safe and secure, what needs of yours are not being met and how to meet them, which core wounds are playing themselves on repeat in your life, what distorted beliefs about yourself are holding you back from thriving and how to increase your ability to be with big energy and emotions without feeling overwhelmed.
Working with me requires a willingness to do hard, deep, but gentle, work. I will not take on clients who are looking for someone to heal them. I offer support, tools, guidance, deep processing work, compassion, empathy and years of research, study and training, but I cannot do the healing for you. This is ultimately a co-created experience wherein my desire for you is to become your own best resource of wisdom, truth, healing and love. I believe in our innate ability to understand what we need and my hope is to create a space where you begin to uncover the innate wisdom within and use it as a guide in your life.
If this work feels like a match for your journey and where you’re hoping to go, let's schedule a consultation to see if we are aligned for the journey together.
COUPLES & FAMILY THERAPY
BRAINSPOTTING - TRAUMA PROCESSING
PSYCHEDELIC INTEGRATION AND PREPARATION
PSYCHEDELIC INTEGRATION SERVICES
BEFORE REACHING OUT…
Please note that I do NOT:
Administer any psychedelic or psychoactive substances to anyone
Refer you to any person who administers or sells illegal/illicit substances
Act as a “sitter” to your psychedelic experience
SO WHAT IS PSYCHEDELIC INTEGRATION?
Some say that integration is a process that begins before the psychedelic experience itself, with thoughtful, conscious preparation. I work with patients to identify their intentions or goals, think through safety considerations and prepare for possible outcomes. Once the experience is complete, we work together to integrate insights into daily life and embody these changes. Sometimes the experience is challenging and we work together to create a narrative of the experience that promotes safety and stability.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS?
While traditional "talk" therapy is usually a weekly appointment, psychedelic integration can be quite different. If appropriate, we may meet short term on an 'as needed' basis.
While I do not make referrals to any underground therapists, I often refer to experiences, interventions or practitioners offering non-substance induced alternate states of consciousness, which can be enormously helpful to the integration process.
WHAT MODALITIES DO YOU USE?
I approach psychedelic integration from a harm reduction framework. Harm reduction allows for patient self determination and autonomy, while simultaneously inviting them to explore their choices from all angles. During the integration process, we will use mindfulness techniques and contemplative practices. We will also use experiential techniques, which can be useful for embodying the insights and incorporating them into daily life.
CONNECT WITH ME
Currently only offering telehealth sessions.
My current fee schedule is:
$250 for Initial Session
$150 for 50 minute Individual Session
$180 for 90 minute Individual Session
* I am currently not accepting insurance in AZ; however, am able to provide a "superbill" at the end of our session, which can be submitted to your provider for possible reimbursement. I also offer a sliding fee scale, so please ask.
NV License 7030-C
CA License 101643
AZ License 19216
I'M SO GLAD YOU ARE HERE!
I am a Nevada/Arizona/California-based Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). I received my BA from Arizona State University and MSW from the University of Nevada, Reno. My experience includes 14 years of clinical experience in a range of settings, including both outpatient and inpatient psychiatric services, acute inpatient hospital services (telemetry, medical & Behavioral Health), disaster mental health (humanitarian work), psychedelic assisted integration therapy and private practice therapy.
I provide counseling and therapy for clients living with a variety of physical disorders, diseases, injuries, and both temporary and chronic health conditions, including: Endometriosis, Crohn’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Eczema, Topical Steroid Withdrawal (TSW), Antidepressant and Benzodiazepine withdrawal, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Lupus, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), Ankylosing Spondilitis, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), Ulcerative Colitis, Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV-1 and HSV-2), HIV/AIDS, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Migraine, Fibromyalgia, Cancer, Diabetes, autoimmune disorders, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Interstitial Cystitis, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, renal failure, kidney disease, End Stage Renal Disease, chronic pain, Lyme Disease, Cancer, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS) and undiagnosed conditions. I understand firsthand how living with a dynamic illness can significantly change the way you move, see and feel in life. I am more than familiar with the ever-changing road that is the healing journey and have come to understand the importance of connection, deep understanding and process as one moves along their healing road.
My work is to support you as you navigate the changes that accommodate living with a chronic illness and/or helping you to integrate, heal and accept the changes in your life that often follow the onset of symptoms. I utilize various holistic evidence-based treatment modalities and interventions to explore potential root causes or any underlying exacerbator(s) with a specialized focus on mindfulness, embodiment techniques, empowerment/resiliency focused interventions, neural/limbic system retraining, existential, relational and strength’s-based approaches.
So why therapy? Well, I believe this quote speaks to such question...
"Therapy will drastically increase the depth and authenticity of your happiness AND it will honor the cathartic beauty of your sadness AND it will make the profoundly necessary space for everything that lives in between" - Emily Anhalt