Psychotherapy or talk therapy can help with trauma by helping the person find meaning and cope with the trauma. Depending on the approach, psychotherapy can help reframe the ways in which the individual sees themselves, the world, the future, and the traumatic experience to be more adaptive. Often, after an experience of abuse or danger, the person might fall into maladaptive thinking patterns, withdrawing from the world. Therapy can help you move forward and integrate the traumatic experience in better ways. Talk therapy usually works with the emotions and the thoughts associated with the trauma rather than the sensations or the somatic experiences that the person might have. Therapy often will include elements of psychoeducation to help people learn better-coping strategies and new ways of dealing with the trauma.
Somatic experiencing (SE) is a body-focused therapeutic approach that emphasizes the connection between brain, body, and mind for the healing of trauma and other stress disorders. It is the life’s work of Dr. Peter Levine. The SE approach releases traumatic shock, which is the key to transforming PTSD and the wounds of emotional and early developmental attachment trauma. Somatic experiencing explores the body’s natural responses to threat and emotional distress and seeks to restore physiology to a natural state. In our best attempts to cope with distress we can get stuck in a particular pattern of behavior as we strive to get back to a state of balance. Sessions focus on unlocking internal resources to heal from trauma, these are often suppressed, which may leave people feeling the tension from the trauma, which continues to affect you in a negative way. Somatic experiencing provides a way of releasing this energy and tension in a safe way and can help people recover from the trauma stating with their bodily experiences. Somatic experiencing is specifically a trauma-centered approach, as it was developed to help individuals overcome the trauma they face in a safe environment.
Somatic Experiencing offers a framework to assess where a person is “stuck” in the fight, flight or freeze responses and provides clinical tools to resolve these fixated physiological states. The SE approach facilitates the completion of self-protective motor responses and the release of thwarted survival energy bound in the body, thus addressing the root cause of trauma symptoms. This is approached by gently guiding clients to develop increased tolerance for difficult body sensations and suppressed emotions.
Katie is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and SE Assistant.
For more information on Somatic Experiencing, visit: http://traumahealing.org
Many relationships are complicated and require intentional work. Couples counseling is a way for you and your partner or partners to connect and better understand your relationship. The Gottman Method, used in couples counseling, is based on several key concepts: friendship is a powerful foundation for any relationship; conflict should be managed and not avoided or eliminated; and together, partners can build a relationship that is filled with meaning. In many instances, we feel pain in relationships because we don’t feel heard or understand. Couples counseling is a space to work towards understanding ourselves and our partner better. Too often, people think that being in a relationship should be easy and natural. Sometimes it is, but more often than not, it is helpful to work with a therapist who can empathically work to understand what dynamics are going on in a relationship so that couples are better equipped to handle challenging situations and to deepen the connection in the relationship. When working with a couples counselor we hope that each partner feels heard, understand, accepted.
Based on the empirically supported premise that the body, mind, and spirit are connected, dance/movement therapy is the psychotherapeutic use of movement to further the emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration of the individual.
WHO BENEFITS FROM DANCE/MOVEMENT THERAPY?
The focus of dance/movement therapy is to help clients improve self-esteem, body image, develop effective communication skills and relationships, gain insight into patterns of behaviors as well as create new options for coping with problems. All people can benefit from dance/movement therapy including:
- Individuals who are depressed and anxious
- Individuals holding chronic body tension and have difficulty relaxing and sleeping.
- Individuals with trauma and PTSD.
- Individuals suffering from chronic pain, cancer, and other serious conditions.
- Adults and adolescents with body image distortions.
- Couples looking to develop improved attunement, communication, and intimacy
WHAT DOES A TYPICAL SESSION LOOK LIKE?
While movement is the primary medium of dance/movement therapy, similar to other creative art therapies (e.g. art therapy, drama therapy, music therapy) each dance/movement therapy session is unique. Katie will work with you to tailor to your therapeutic needs. You will be breathing, sensing your body, utilizing imagery and moving. Movements range from focusing on subtle and ordinary movement behaviors to expressive improvisational dancing. No artistic or previous dance experience is needed.
Katie is a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist and clinical supervisor for Master’s level dance/movement therapists in St. Louis.
Check out recent media on Katie’s dance/movement therapy work at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital:
- St. Louis Post Dispatch– Dance Therapy comes weekly to Cardinal Glennon
- KSDK– Kids are Cardinal Glennon have all the right moves
For more information about dance/movement therapy, visit the American Dance Therapy Association.
Authentic movement is a non-verbal, improvisational, movement practice and therapy. It is like a spontaneous moving meditation in which you are moved and viewed by an outside witness. Authentic movement draws upon C. G. Jung’s method of active imagination. When you move, you can be directly in touch with your psyche, soul, and creativity, as well as with the Collective Unconscious. The process enables you to access internal images, movement impulses, pre-conscious memories, and shadow material.
WHO BENEFITS FROM AUTHENTIC MOVEMENT?
Authentic movement is a contemplative practice that will help you feel more connected to your authentic self, to inhabit your body in a new way, to develop a trusting relationship with your bodily intuition and enhance your creative expression.
- Adults who seek a movement oriented practice that provides psychological insights.
- Artists/writers who want to return to the Source of their creativity and develop their artistry.
- Therapists who need a relaxing practice for their own personal growth.
- Adults who are overly verbal who need to cultivate stillness and balance.
- Adults /adolescents with eating disorders who need to reconnect to their own bodies.
WHAT WILL YOUR SESSIONS BE LIKE?
It may take several sessions to learn and begin to feel comfortable with authentic movement. You will close your eyes and listen to your body, allowing yourself to be moved in response to internal sensations. You are not directing your movement, but allowing it to unfold naturally. Katie will carefully witness you and observe the qualities of your movements in a non-judgmental way. Afterward, you will engage in dialogue about the possible meaning of your movements.
Yoga is more than physical exercise but a union of mental focus and spiritual connection. It can be done by all ages and physical abilities. Katie has an appreciation for the wholeness of yoga, and always a student herself, is passionate about sharing the gift of yoga with others. Teaching since 2009, her teaching style provides a safe, compassionate, and non-competitive space for self-discovery. Katie is both a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher and Yoga Alliance member.
Combining Katie’s expertise in mental health, eating disorders, trauma, and yoga, Katie is able to create individualized or group yoga therapy sessions by request.
- Individual Private Yoga Instruction or Therapy Sessions
- Partner Yoga Therapy or Instruction Sessions
- Group Yoga Instruction & Workshops
- Stress Reduction Relaxation & Breathing Technique Session