Victoria is accepting new clients in December 2022.
I specialize in gently supporting adult clients to resolve trauma and states of chronic stress through kind, effective approaches.
I offer 60-90 minute sessions for a gentle, spacious experience. It's your time.
Janina Fisher, Ph.D
Research supports that trauma and distress live in the body and nervous system.
IF we only talk about our trauma or chronic stress patterns, the imprints will still be left in our bodies.
The body remembers.
Somatic Experiencing® is a body oriented approach that supports nervous system regulation and resilience.
We know the brain and body are intricately connected, informing our moods, sensations and thoughts. If we leave the body out of therapy, we can still feel "stuck" and imbalanced.
What do I expect in Somatic Therapy? See below FAQs
Trauma is sneaky.
It creates disconnection - not just between people but within our own selves, clear down to how our nervous system is reading signals on a daily basis.
That wreaks havoc on our relationships, especially the closest ones.
Learn practices in therapy that you can do at home to benefit your body, mind, heart and relationships.
Connect with Victoria by email. After that, we set up a 90 minute initial assessment session.
Initial 90 Minute session: $225.00
Sessions: $150.00 per hour; pro-rated for extended time
Credit card, cash or Health Savings Card
Scheduling: I offer day time appointments. My last appointment begins at 2:30.
At the beginning, SE will feel like familiar "talk therapy" where you might share about your current concerns and situation, what you'd like to be different, and what is going well in your life.
I'll teach what is important to know about the nervous system so that we have a common language and understanding of why it's relevant, and how this will help.
We will be curious about how you might be experiencing your emotions or thoughts in your body, such as tension, tight muscles, or a pleasant experience like breathing easily and feeling a sense of warmth in your face or chest. You may have no idea and feel nothing...and that is ok and not unusual.
You can't do this wrong!
We are supporting your nervous system to have some flow and flexibility, versus feeling "stuck" in states that feel rigid and tense, or kind of numb.
In session that will look like pauses to slow down experiences so you can move through and integrate a new experience, while you're observing and curious, and supported by your therapist.
You learn some methods we practice in session, and learn to use them more on your own. This is a gentle therapy.
What is NOT happening:
Somatic Experiencing does NOT include poses, yoga, massage, Physical Therapy, or any physical adjustments, chiropractic care, or Reiki.
Somatic Experiencing Touch and Table Work (optional):
The body holds trauma, and gently attending to the physical body in therapy sessions can be very helpful and restorative.
Somatic Experiencing trains therapists to use support that includes physical contact, as one component of SE.
You may see a massage table in many SE therapist offices, as we are trained to provide nervous system support (not massage) on a table (fully clothed).
This is ALWAYS optional.
This specific approach is designed to help regulate the nervous system, with physical contact over areas of the body that are known to store trauma.
Common areas that hold trauma are joints, kidneys and adrenals, musculature, and diaphragms. This develops a result of stuck signaling in the brain/body.
Somatic Experiencing supports the body to naturally allow stored trauma to release, and stuck signaling to re-organize. This is true whether you have table work, or regular SE sessions.
There is hope. The brain and body are created with resilience; with a built in re-shaping system. Across the lifespan, changing the brain/body is possible.
I have 22 years of experience working with trauma and chronic stress
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (a 3 year program) as well as advanced EMDR therapy training, to offer more mind-body connection support and a deeper level of lasting healing for you.
M.S. in Marriage & Family Therapy - uniquely equipped to support you in relationship dynamics.
Extensive ongoing education
I don't schedule a high number of sessions, so that I'm healthy myself and can be emotionally, mentally and physically present and available for you.
Real life, lived experience. I have experienced trauma, joy, anxiety and triumph. All of it. I'm aware that I'm always evolving as a person - like all of us.
I offer both!
My colleague Carmen McHenry and myself founded Water Street Family Counseling together in 2012, after working 12 years together previously in a community agency setting.
We're so happy to offer sessions in this home, and create a warm and comfortable atmosphere to support healing.