Somatic Grief Support is designed to meet you where you are and support your embodied experience of grief which directly impacts your mental experience, using the Somatic Experiencing model.
Somatic Experiencing® is a body-oriented therapeutic model for resolving trauma.
Grief is often traumatic. Not always traumatic.
Trauma is not what happens to us. It is the way our autonomic nervous system responds to what happens to us.
Grief often overwhelms our capacity to cope. If our nervous systems perceive our loss as a threat to our survival a whole cascade of protective biological responses kick in, including mobilizing a tremendous amount of energy.
When the natural instincts to run from our grief or fight it are blocked we sometimes feel hopeless or helpless.
By following the story the body tells we can see what is needed to allow pieces of our experience to complete and integrate.
Somatic Experiencing (SE) is not a cathartic approach. It respects the pace of the body and what the body can hold and process at any given time. SE is the life’s work of Dr. Peter A. Levine and is a multidisciplinary intersection of physiology, psychology, ethology, biology, neuroscience, indigenous healing practices, and medical biophysics that has been clinically applied for more than four decades.
The body speaks its own language, sometimes expressing different needs and feelings than the mind can name.
Somatic Experiencing can be a beautiful support for grief, allowing the body’s story of grief to be heard and supported and processing any traumatic impacts of loss so that the grief can rise and settle with more ease.
ABOUT ME: I am in the advanced year of SE training. I am not a therapist and this work is not a substitute for mental health care. Our work together is body-oriented. I suggest you have a trauma therapist you can reach out to for any cognitive therapy needs.
SESSIONS: Our sessions are 50 minutes, $90/session. A sliding scale is available for online sessions only.
SCHEDULE: Want to schedule a session or have a question? Send it over here!