I truly believe your body can heal. My body can heal. I have engaged in several trainings that are somatically focused because I do believe the body can heal.
Trauma starts often before we are even born, depending on the circumstances surrounding a pregnancy. There are a number of questions I ask a client to get a sense of what this time was like for them. Birth and the post-birth experience are important but what happens in the womb can be life-defining!
And no matter what the issue the client is working on, I always ask them to learn to 'track' or follow their body sensations. What is happening? How does it feel? What comes next? This information is valuable in learning to manage/avert and change old patterns of behavior, old thoughts and conclusions and beliefs about yourself.
If you are curious - if you have body sensations you are following or learning to pay attention to, and you have a hunch that they might be important, call/text me for a free consultation: 360-432-1236. I would be happy to speak with you!
I always want to talk to potential clients before we make an appointment.
Why? For many reasons:
they get to ask me any questions they might have
they can share any information - the calls are confidential - about their issue or issues
clients get to decide if we are a good 'fit' and can work together
I might decide I am not the best therapist to work with a person and refer them to someone else
These are some of the reasons.
So what happens during the free, confidential consultation call?
*there is no rush to hurry you, and the call is scheduled at your convenience
*you can ask any questions or address any concerns
*you can ask: how do I make an appointment, what are your available days and times?
*what is the cost?
*how do you do receipts for insurance?
*I give you the office address and instructions for a first-time visit or our online appointment
*I remind you of how you can stay safe and talk about the steps I will take to meet safety precautions
* you get to decide if you want to make an appointment or not
I find this time to be very valuable for both the client - or even the potential client - and myself.
If you would like to have a 'telly talk', call/text 360-432-1236 to schedule it. I look forward to speaking with you
and learning more about you and HOW I CAN HELP!
I was on a phone call this morning and one of the participants said to another: "talking about your fears can help reduce them, or they might even go away".
I thought to myself: wow, yes!
So here are my thoughts on how talking can help:
It can be cathartic: instead of holding all your emotions inside your head, feeling overwhelmed, in pain...and stuck, talking about what is going on can help. It helps us get more clear, we feel relief, and our feelings are less charged. (Choose someone who is focused and truly witnessing you with kindness and compassion.)
Talking can help you feel better: talking with another feels more like a 'shared experience' rather than an ONLY you experience. (Again, choose someone who is focused and truly witnessing you with kindness and compassion.)
Talking can lead to new solutions: how many times have you felt stuck but after talking to a friend, family member, partner...you realized there were more ways to solve an issue than you originally believed.
And lastly, but importantly, self-talk: many therapists, and self-help books, recommend that you can literally change the way you think by paying attention to your self-talk. If you 'hear' yourself being negative, bitter, angry...notice how these emotions influence your thinking and your actions.
A form of self-talk that is good is to have a statement you repeat to yourself like "I am ok, or I am safe" as a really healthy form of self-talk. Just like angry and bitter self-talk influences our thoughts and often our behavior, what would kind messages do for you?
If you would like to explore your self-talk and subsequent thoughts and behaviors, I can help! Call/text 360-432-1236. I would love to help.