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 Lyon 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
Are you a licensed mental health professional?
No. Though my services can be experienced as therapeutic, I'm not a therapist. 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 the offerings and find out which one works best for you and your needs.
What do I need for my session?
For the trauma-informed coaching sessions, bringing yourself, a reliable internet connection, and something to take notes with is enough.
For all other sessions, you'll also need a completed informed consent form, a space that allows for privacy as well as a sense of safety and comfort, and enough space for you to move around a bit. You'll receive the informed consent form and a guide with more detailed information in your welcome packet, which you receive after signing up for a session.
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.