What if you could share your whole self, your whole story, with another? What would it feel like? What might change in your life?
A whole person model can mean many different things, but to me first off it means that no part of your experience is unwelcome in therapy. bring it all.
It also means that we won't just consider "limiting thought patterns" or "negative feelings" in our process,
we'll open up to subtlety, to the non-verbal realm of knowing, to your sense of spirituality however you conceive of it;
we'll be creative together, play, move, draw, be quiet, maybe dance- if you want to, and more;
we'll shape the time we spend together as we go, always paying attention to the relationship we are forming, and asking...
how can we build more trust, compassion, and connection to ourselves and each other as we work?
Wholeness also means our connection to the living systems within which we move and live -Our interbeing with our earth, it's creatures, minerals and all it's growing things- as well as our human community.
Somatic Psychotherapy connects us to earth through our bodies- For our bodily being, is also our 'creaturely self', our animal being.
I believe this is a wise and ancient part of ourselves which is so often dismissed before we even know it...
How surely gravity’s law,
strong as an ocean current,
takes hold of even the strongest thing
and pulls it toward the heart of the world.
each stone, blossom, child –
is held in place.
Only we, in our arrogance,
push out beyond what we belong to
for some empty freedom.
If we surrendered
to earth’s intelligence
we could rise up rooted, like trees.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Transl. Macy & Barrows