Starting any counseling process engages with our anxiety, fears, anger, sadness, and depression. The most challenging relationship we have is the one with ourselves and getting to accept these emotions as a part of the struggle in life is often just a starting place. Getting to know and love who we are is a life long project, and moving through all of the defenses, baggage, and opening into that place of vulnerability and compassion is our greatest hope.
I feel there are 5 categories in which we engage in every day: Mind, Body, Soul, Community, Environment. As a somatic therapist, a lot of the initial work I do with clients is slowing the mind down long enough to engage the body to see what is happening and how it may be expressing itself. Once slowed down and engaged, we can begin to engage with the other parts of our every day world.
I start with a simple premise:
The above is a basic outline of how I like to work, and each aspect has many different tangents that lead to a variety of places. I look forward to talking more with you about it.