how it works
Coaching sessions take place over the phone (or Zoom if you prefer) and last for an hour. Each session is $60.
We’ll talk about what changes you’d like to make in your life, relationships, body, mind, etc. To help you connect with your inner wisdom, I’ll guide you through one or more powerful mind-body tools.
You’ll leave the session with more clarity and peace of mind.
People come to me for all of these reasons: to heal anxiety, to work with big emotions like anger and grief, to relieve stress, to heal their chronic symptoms, for help with challenging relationships and help with making big decisions.
Mind-body tools can be used for anything and everything.
how is this different?
Mind-body coaching is completely different from other modalities.
How? The goal is to reconnect to the higher self in order to hear inner wisdom. This can be called intuition, soul, spirit, inner wisdom – whatever resonates with you. The higher self communicates through the physical body. So we learn how to use the visceral sensations of the body to steer us. The body is everything in mind-body coaching.
This approach is based on cutting edge neuroscience research, which tells us that the body is a treasure trove of valuable information that completely bypasses the conscious mind. The mind-body tools we use are largely based on the research of Peter Levine Ph.D., Dr. Stephen Porges and Dr. John Sarno.
analysis and paralysis
Perhaps you’ve been to therapy, tried traditional life-coaching, yoga, meditation and other modalities. Chances are that you have read a lot of books and your mind is chock full of information about wellness.
So then why are you still stuck in the same patterns of physical and emotional symptoms?
The modalities mentioned above rely heavily on the mind. They are often useful - I have personally benefited from all of them. But core-level transformation required awareness of more than just the mind. This is where we find that somatic awareness is crucial.
Even practices like yoga and breathwork, which technically use the body, are often taught in such a way that the subtle signals of the innate body are squashed. It is the difference between talking over someone and listening to them with compassion.
When we navigate life from the only place we know how – the mind – there is an endless looping of mental analysis and paralysis that can not give us the answers we seek. For the millions of people who suffer from anxiety, depression, apathy and chronic physical symptoms – this strategy has failed spectacularly.
How do you know when you’re with someone you can trust? You know because your body gives you a “green light” signal. Intuition speaks through the body. It is a knowing beyond the mind.
When it comes to navigating relationships, making big decisions like which job to take or how to run your business – if you learn the language of the body, you will always have the answers you need. “Gut instinct” is a literal term.
Your body doesn’t lie. It is the best GPS you have.
Unfortunately most of us are dissociated from the felt-sense of our bodies. Due to stress and trauma, our visceral sensations of being “in the body” are diminished. There is a severing of the mind-body connection that happens when our safety is threatened. If the threat is bad enough or happens often enough, we will dissociate from the body.
the healing path
The good news is that healing is as simple as re-learning embodiment.
In mind-body coaching, we feel our feet, our breath, our tension, our discomfort, our comfort, our emotions. This process of re-connecting doesn’t happen overnight, but it happens. It’s like undoing a giant knot – the knot unravels bit by bit. And then life begins to transform in magical ways. There is a sense of coming home to oneself.
We go gently, especially when past trauma is involved. When we encounter discomfort, we use tools to locate a sense of safety in the body. When it feels safe, the nervous system shifts out of fight/flight/freeze mode into “rest and digest” mode.
In this state, the body resumes repair, digestion, healing, reproduction, growth and other higher functions. We are re-wiring the nervous system and listening within for the voice of inner wisdom.
In mind-body coaching, we also work with the mind. You’ve probably heard the saying, “the mind is a wonderful servant but a terrible master.” Nothing could be truer. As we make friends with the monkey mind, we use this tool to serve the higher self, instead of letting it cripple us with fear thoughts.
Speaking of fear, perfectionism is a particularly virulent strain of fear. Dr. Sarno found a cluster of personality traits common to his patients who suffered from chronic pain.
At the top of this list: perfectionism and people pleasing. He called this cluster of traits “goodism”.
When we chronically defer to others (or social norms) instead of navigating from our internal GPS, the body bears the brunt of this internal misalignment. Everything from fatigue to eating disorders to addiction can be seen as an urgent call to come home to Self.
In mind-body coaching, we work with the habitual patterns of the mind to dissolve the limiting beliefs that hold us back.