I started University in my 30s with two small children in tow. Ten years later I had an undergraduate degree, a Master's degree and became a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (and training Assistant!).
I work from a relational, developmental perspective in my direct practice work. In addition to SE and Dr. Peter Levine's work informing my practice I have also studied the work of Dr. Gordon Neufeld. A Canadian Developmental Psychologist.
I specifically sought out training as an SE practitioner due to the body-oriented focus rather than a specific therapeutic modality that targets areas of reclaiming memories or changing thoughts and beliefs about how we feel. The SE approach is a style aligned with my personal and professional approach, it felt more organic and gentle when processing highly complex and challenging issues related to trauma and other stress disorders. For this reason I felt it was the right fit for me to acquire skills in working with trauma and operational stress. SE is my main practice modality and my commitment to this model continues in my assisting at trainings.