Farewell, Berkeley! Western MA practice opening in May
- Clients must test negative for COVID-19 right before appointments.
- At-home antigen rapid tests are available at cost at my office.
- N-95 Masks are required regardless of vaccination or testing status.
- Office protocols addressing COVID-19 concerns here.
Video Call Sessions – available 5/16/22
- Somatic Experiencing: find your way from trauma and stress back to yourself
- Remote Bodywork: support and relief through your sense of touch
- Self Care and Exercise: what practices sustain you best right now?
- Work from Home Ergonomics: use what you have around the house
- Classes: join the email list to find out what’s coming next
All services offered on a sliding scale basis.
May you and yours stay healthy. May we all protect each other. May we adapt and thrive.
You deserve to feel comfortable, strong, and at ease in your body…
…but it isn’t always easy, for reasons both common and unique to you.
- pain, tension, or dysfunction from injuries, chronic conditions or current stressors
- a history of trauma, especially early, complex, or attachment trauma
- being highly sensitive in an overstimulating world
Together we will find what works for you.
- Somatic Experiencing — a body-based way to heal the impact of trauma
- Myofascial, craniosacral, massage therapies — deep tissue work and deep relaxation
- Restorative exercise — alignment, strength, and freedom of movement
When we work together, the following holds true to the best of my ability.
ALL of you is welcome:
You don’t have to have it together. You don’t have to be a good client. You don’t have to show your attentiveness or put on a good face. You don’t even have to relax. It’s fine if you tell me exactly what you need, and it’s fine if you have no idea what you need. You can have hesitation, conflicting impulses, shame, confusion, anger and/or excitement. You can say something and then take it back or correct it. The more room we make for the parts we try not to show, the more relief, joy, laughter, delight, confidence and competence can come through as well. When they do – touchdown!
It’s worth the time to get it just right:
It’s not just about being comfortable. There are, of course, situations where it makes sense to choose to tolerate discomfort for the sake of something more important. For those of us who had to tolerate too much discomfort too young or too frequently, often overriding our own perceptions and needs in the process, it’s different. Learning to experience “just right” can have deep implications for how we experience ourselves in the world.
We can talk or be quiet during your session:
With most of the work we would do, the pace of conversation is different from talk therapy or physical therapy or medicine. It is like the difference between talking with a friend over dinner and talking with a friend while engaging in a task – think gardening, building, or doing art together. You can always take your time to speak or respond, or choose to be silent for long stretches.
Some specific populations/situations I can help with:
Injury recovery when basic self care is a challenge
Early trauma or current stress can make it hard to follow the instructions of your medical providers, even ones you trust, despite your best intentions. We can figure out steps you can take, as you are, right now.
Grief can be simple and complex at the same time
Grief comes in waves. It can call for being held one minute, and having space to be alone the next, or both at the same time. When loss is complicated by guilt, shame, or anger, there can be a lot of conflicting needs and feelings. There is space for all of it in my office and on my table.
If you are a psychotherapist or in any other helping profession
Therapists inevitably hold clients’ suffering in our bodies, perhaps alongside our own vulnerabilities. It happens to the most experienced and well-boundaried, as well as to folks new to holding as much as therapists have to hold. You may not realize your body needs help letting it go until you have relief. Regular skilled bodywork from someone who understands this can help you be a better therapist.