Somatic Experiencing is the work of Peter Levine. You can read more about it from his website: https://traumahealing.org/se-101/
In August of 2023, I will have completed the three year Somatic Experiencing Practitioner Training.
EMDR was developed by the late Francine Shaprio. Please read more if you are interested, here: https://www.emdria.org/about-emdr-therapy/
I am trained in EMDR therapy.
Dr. Aline LaPierre is the creator of NeuroAffective Touch (NAT). https://neuroaffectivetouch.com/about/what-is-neuroaffective-touch/
In October of 2023 I will have completed the four module training to become a certified NAT practitioner.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline (24/7):
Crisis Text Line (24/7):
Text HOME to 741741
Trans Lifeline's Peer Support Hotline:
Trevor Life Line:
866-488-7386 or Text START to 678-678
CA Peer-Run Warm Line (24/7 non-emergency support)
How are we caring for ourselves? For our loved ones? Audre Lorde's quote on self care is the best for our modern hyper fast disconnected society:
Taking care of ourselves looks different for each of us. Ask yourself these fundamental questions: how am I sleeping, eating and breathing? How are my relations? For some trauma survivors and those of us living in continued states of hyper-alertness, we can become so attuned to 'the doing' of everything that rest and care feel like potential threats. Our nervous system is there to protect us and we need it. But sometimes it gets stuck in hyper- or hypo- states, both of which can contribute to long term physical and mental dis-ease. Learning where we're at now can help us find the care and attention we need.
https://yogainternational.com/- - free online yoga classes. I know, it sounds so cliche but I wouldn't put it out there if I didn't believe it's benefits to be true. Any form of movement is going to beneficial for living with anxiety or depression, yoga has the added dimensions of mindfulness and self-reflection.
With Covid-19, many of us feel lonely and disconnected. This is normal because we are social animals who thrive best in connection with others who make us feel safe and loved and appreciated. How can you connect safely with trusted friends or family? Maybe outside on a walk, run, bike ride? Sit under a tree with a friend. Zoom hangouts while you cook dinner. Video chats while you draw or doodle.
Interested in group therapy? There are many online groups for different needs. We can discuss this together.
What inspires you? What brings you hope? Highlight these and express your gratitude for these moments in your life. Check out what the science says about 'an attitude of gratitude' and how it can rewire your brain. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-athletes-way/202101/attitude-gratitude-why-saying-i-am-grateful-matters