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We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals human spirit.

-E.E. Cummings  

Astoria Oregon Clatsop County trauma therapy

My approach to healing of any kind is firmly rooted in the deep value of building a relationship with our bodies. In order to process trauma, we need to build the capacity to notice. To notice ourselves and our environment in a different manner than simply cognitive. Just like building a relationship with a new friend, the process of getting to know our whole being is similar. Just as we learn “to be” with another, we learn to be with ourselves. We begin by listening, acknowledging our internal experience, noticing how that affects us, progressively allowing ourselves to be moved and changed and deeply impacted. This is the way of the whole being approach. We must learn to first become compassionately acquainted with ourselves and progressively connect to our inner world more intimately. As we do, our experience begins to change naturally. We orient to the innate brilliance of our whole system (body, mind, spirit) and recognize the natural impulses/resources through image, sensation, behavior, emotion, and memory through which our body is always reaching toward completion and wholeness.


Somatic Experiencing, Craniosacral Therapy, and Bodywork are embodiment therapies which bring balance and integration within your nervous system.

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