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Frequently Asked Questions

This page includes the top ten frequent questions Monica gets asked by inquiring clients. If you don't see your question answered here, please contact us with your inquiry. We're happy to help!

What is embodiment? 

Embodiment is a tangible way of expressing what you feel and experience in your body. It's the privileging of your body's innate wisdom. It's the tuning into what your body holds.


What is Somatic Stress Release? 

Somatic Stress Release is a wellness modality created by Dr. Scott Lyons in which the practitioner empowers the client to engage the wisdom of their body. It uses the natural stress response cycle of a person's nervous system to process through stress and other stimuli. It uses movement, mindfulness, and visualization to ease and release any stuck energy and builds capacity to increase resilience.


What if I'm new to somatics and embodiment?

Welcome! I'm glad you're here. I have experience working with folks with a range of exposure to this modality. You don't have to have prior experience to benefit from a session. That's one of my favorite aspects of this modality! We all have bodies and nervous systems and tending to them is a kind and healing experience no matter when you start. 


What approaches do you use?

Somatic Stress Release

Narrative Trauma Care

Story Work




Trauma-Informed Care

Embodied Activism


Are you a licensed mental health professional?

No. Though my services can be experienced as therapeutic, I'm not a licensed clinician. I'm certified to practice as a somatic practitioner with extensive training in mental health. However, I'm not licensed in any of the traditional mental health modalities. I'm a big proponent of receiving care from mental health clinicians. They do great work. In general, their approach will be top-down, addressing the cognition first. I do work in tandem with therapists, counselors, social workers, etc who desire their clients to experience the benefits of a bottom-up approach. Clients have described it as incredibly powerful when they are experiencing both forms of care. 


Do you accept insurance?

Unfortunately, I'm not able to take insurance at this time. Typically, wellness practitioners that have that ability are limited to HSA/FSA only and with a required referral. 


What if I'm injured or don't have full mobility?

Good somatic care is still possible! I recommend signing up for a free 30 minute consultation so that I can learn about your specific needs ahead of time.


What if I'm interested, but not sure which offering to sign-up for?

Not a problem! We offer free 30 minute consultations. During that time, I'd be happy to discuss in more depth the difference between individual somatic sessions and coaching. 


What do I need for my session?

Coaching appointments require a reliable internet connection and a way to take notes.
For all other sessions, you'll also need a completed informed consent form and a space that allows for privacy as well as a sense of safety and comfort. It's best if you have enough space for you to move around a bit.

After you sign-up for the session, you'll receive the informed consent form and a guide with more detailed information in your welcome packet. 


Do you speak Farsi?

Baleh, Azizaam. I speak at an intermediate level, and as some of my relatives like to point out, ba lahje e Amricaee. :P If it's something you value, with your permission, I can incorporate it into our sessions. I believe it can be helpful to include, because as the saying goes, "trauma does not occur in a vacuum." Bringing all the parts of your identity into your healing is powerful and freeing.

Let's Work Together

Book a free 30 minute consultation to learn more. 

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