I believe in the mind-body-spirit connection. I work with the understanding that chronic stress and trauma affect our health, and that our body has an innate capacity to heal when given the right support.
Emotionally, stress and trauma may lead to feelings of overwhelm, anxiety, loneliness, sadness or anger. Physically, it may result in chronic fatigue, pain, digestive issues and/or other symptoms that doctors are baffled by. Stress and trauma may also affect behaviors, for instance, living a life of people-pleasing, perfectionism and being who you think others want you to be. Moreover, if you are an empath or highly sensitive person, it may affect you differently. As a Person of Colour (POC), I am also very aware of the impact of racial trauma.
I truly feel trauma and spirituality are highly connected and as Peter Levine says, healing trauma can be "a catalyst for profound awakening - a portal opening to emotional and genuine spiritual transformation".
The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists defines spirit as "an energy or life force that permeates all living things". In Somatic Experiencing (SE) trauma work, emotions such as anger suppress our life force energy. Anger and related emotions are a natural bodily response that often become stuck or suppressed in the nervous system. In feeling and completing these body responses, including words, emotions or movements, we can allow for life force energy to flow again. Working with the body and nervous system is a gentle and profound way to unravel the effects of stress and trauma, and return to feeling alive and whole.
I am an SEP and an Occupational Therapist with more than 15 years of experience. I bring a unique blend of SE, mindfulness, Neuro-linguisitic Programming (NLP), HeartMath coaching and intuition to each clients session.