"Finding yourself is not really how it works.....Finding yourself is actually returning to yourself. An unlearning, and excavation, a remembering who you were before the world got it's hands on you." -- Emily McDowell
I have been a licensed professional counselor since 2000 and opened a private practice, the Attachment Center of Central Oregon, in 2006. My work addresses attachment and relationship patterns which are adaptations to trauma, abuse, negative experiences, and life challenges. My therapeutic approach is heavily informed by mindfulness, interpersonal neurobiology, and EMDR (a trauma treatment protocol). I'm also attuned to how the body holds injury and attempts to protect itself at times. I work to help clients to access this somatic wisdom in our work.
A major component of my self care to be able to do the work that I do has been movement. This has been through going to workshops (meditation, Feldenkrais, 5Rhythms, Soul Motion) as well as seeing my outdoor play as a mindfulness practice, a way to replenish and care for my soul. Over the years, my exploration of these pursuits has helped me to pinpoint what feeds my soul, and it's something I am passionate about bringing to others.
The decision to start Soul in Motion became more clear after a sabbatical I took in the Summer of 2019. I closed my practice for 3 months and spent that time riding across Europe on my bike. My partner and I were self-supported and got to spend that extensive period of time living fully in our bodies, with all the gifts and challenges that the journey brought. I love that feeling of aliveness and want to bring it to my work. I want to work in a more embodied way with others who want to be embodied as well.
I have also travelled down a challenging road with my body....so I get how it feels to hold shame rather than love for this vessel each of us call home. My dieting history started in second grade, and my relationship with my body was one of trying to fix it or control it until I was in my late 30's. I didn't fully inhabit it because I didn't even like it.....I was angry and ashamed, and it felt, at times, like an enemy. Through the movement, dance, and mindfulness....I now embrace this body and our relationship has more ease, lightness and joy. I'm aging....and I'm grateful for this newfound partnership. Life is more fun when you find peace with your travelling partner!
As I mentioned in the description of this practice....it is therapeutic but not therapy. It can be a great addition to the work you are doing already to grow. I will hold a safe space for you as well as the group..
Come experience what it may have to offer you.
How and why I chose to create Soul in Motion