Warm, supportive psychological work can be one of the most profound disciplines a yogi can take on. Mindfulness and yoga practice opens doors and windows in the heart and mind that may not have been cracked in many years. Doors that may have been broken, slammed, or locked in early childhood; windows that have become fogged and opaque with age. Skillfully caring for these ancient wounds is a necessary part of any spiritual Path.
A brilliant method for working with the wounded heart (mind, body, spirit…) is the counseling modality Somatic Experiencing. Developed by Peter Levine, it addresses bound energy, or trauma, in the nervous system through concentrated attention, body awareness and a slow, step-by-step approach to contacting and unwinding traumatic residue. SE supports each person’s natural ability to heal from trauma by providing a gentle and skillful container for reintegration.
SE invites skillful integration of traumatic experience without retriggering or getting lost in concepts or story. It can be a profound support for inner work, no matter what our primary discipline is. Many yogis and meditators (like me) use it as a very deep form of supported meditation and inquiry that touches both the psychological and energetic aspects of spiritual unfolding. You can find more info on SE from the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, the organization dedicated to developing this work, and with whom I did my training.
Counseling sessions with me are also grounded in Buddhist and yogic psychology. In addition to formal SE, we can address issues arising in spiritual practice and engage in meditative inquiry. This orientation grounds our work in a wide and ancient lineage of liberation and inner development.
Rates & scheduling
I am offering sessions currently on a generous sliding scale. It’s my hope that this allows folks with many levels of resource to come, and allows me to deepen my skill as a practitioner through the honor of working in an ongoing way with clients. If you think sessions might support your unfolding or spiritual path, please call and we can talk more.
Sessions are 75 minutes, and cost $70-45. (Pay what you can afford on that scale.)
Call or send a note for more info: 510 984 4008 or email me at [email protected].