While no two sessions are the same, Mindful Embodied Therapy often begins with noticing what is happening in the body. Whether it be a thought, feeling or sensation – we begin by settling into awareness.
While the work engages the body, it starts with talking. Talk therapy provides depth, intimacy, and touches our humanity. Developing a coherent narrative of our life experiences is important, powerful work. Only after we have a sense of what wants to change, does experiential, embodied work come in to bring implicit knowing into explicit awareness. I will invite you to notice your experience. From there, you may practice a body based skill for emotion regulation and/or you may explore that body sensation further with movement or we may do some “experiments” to help shift the energy.
Explore the Edge
I guide clients to find their edge and lean into discomfort. To help explore I’ll ask, “What is the sensation of that discomfort? Where do you feel it in your body?” In the beginning, it may be hard to tell. The process of discerning and listening to your body is a critical one. Over time, they might respond with statements like:
“My heart is pounding in my chest.”
“My gut is clenching.”
“I want to run…get out of here…not deal with this.”
“I think you’re going to judge me.”
“I feel like I’ve done something wrong.”
“It feels like sadness, like I might cry.”
Skills, Tools and Techniques
Throughout the work, I’ll guide you to tune in, listen and hear what your body is saying. The goal is for you to have a fully embodied, different experience of self.
Additionally skills include:
Breathing techniques to bring balance to the nervous system
Postures to learn to listen to your body and develop strength, flexibility, and ease
Mantras and guided visualization to focus the mind, develop insight, rest the body, and build resources
Mindfulness and compassion techniques to improve your relationship to thoughts, feelings, and behavioral change
Lifestyle tools to improve quality of living
The process of discerning and listening to your body is a skill. Therapy is where we practice. I’ll guide you to listen and hear what your body is saying.
As in traditional therapy, there is processing, joining, insight and, sometimes, homework to deepen healing and connection. After each session, I often send out supplemental, self-guided material to use at your own pace to further insight and wellness.
Supplemental material deepens over time. In the beginning it covers basics like sleep and nutrition. As the work progresses, the material deepens to include “right living” or how to deepen your spiritual practice. Each session is unique and tailored to fit your present-moment needs.