Somatic (Body-centered) Psychotherapy
I believe there is an innate wisdom within each of us. Your body, mind, and spirit know how to heal. In somatic psychotherapy, we are about creating the compassionate space for honoring this innate wisdom.
This isn’t your “sit on the couch and talk” kind of therapy. We bring skillful ways of listening to the verbal and somatic “stories” of the nervous system. As we create space for such deep attention, we allow shifts to happen that support healing and wholeness.
We can address issues of stress, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, family, life direction, work and spirituality. My intention to hold sacred space that is safe and supportive for you to deeply listen, compassionately allow these shifts to occur, and to sense the inner vibrancy available to you now. I deeply bow to the sense of wholeness that is already within you.
- People come to me who want to deepen their connection to their own heart, truth, dear ones, and our world. They know that living at the pace of “go, go, go” culture is toxic and cannot be sustained. They sense an inner desire to live with a deeper sense of ease, feeling nourished and resourced as they go about their day. They want to reconnect to their inner vibrancy and live their everyday lives from this place.
- My approach is first grounded in my own practice of listening, softening, and connecting through my meditation, spirituality, yoga, and somatic work. Then we add in my clinical, yogic, body-centered, and theological training to create a sacred space for deep listening and supporting integration.
- I believe the pace of our culture needs a radical shift and deep healing. And it begins with each of us – nourishing our nervous system, healing old patterns, connecting to our truths, and living in a compassionate way that honors ourselves, our children, and our world.
- My approach to counseling weaves together positive psychology, yoga, mindfulness, insight meditation, compassionate parenting, and somatic practices to support your healing, nourish your nervous system, deepen your connections, and honor your deepest self.
What to Expect
- In our first session, I take a history, we have a conversation about what brings you to therapy and your hopes, and we talk about how we can work together. This is your opportunity to see how an integrative approach could look like for you. Plan for up to 70 minutes for the first session. When you leave, you’ll have a sense of the possibilities within you and our work together, and with a few practices that you can begin to weave into your everyday life.
- Contact me to schedule an appointment or to find out more about how I work. I counsel clients in-person at the Friends’ Meeting House in Frederick, MD. Together we decide how often and when we will meet based on our treatment goals.
- The first intake session is $175 (60-70 minutes). Subsequent sessions are $145 (approx. 50 minutes). As a licensed clinical social worker, my professional services qualify for patient-reimbursement under most insurance plans utilizing out-of-network benefits.
- Simply contact me to ask questions and begin working together.
Here are some of the quotes I have heard from recent psychotherapy clients:
“Lisa, one session with you has more profoundly shifted things within me than years of ‘talk therapy’.”
“As a medical professional, I appreciate you talking to me through the lens of neuroscience. I am learning more about my own nervous system and how to settle. I have the tools to be resourced.”
“This somatic (body-centered) approach was new to me. But after the talk you gave at…, I decided to work with you. Your guidance has taught me how to stay with activation in a skillful way (using your words!) and not fear it! I am more aware of my body and trust its wisdom.”
“What used to trigger me, doesn’t – especially at home.”
“I have the inner strength and stability to stand in my power and take care of myself with compassion.”
“This work has been so gentle and yet so deep. It has deeply impacted my work as a psychotherapist and my presence with my clients and family.”
“Working with grief and anger that I never tapped into has been life-changing. There are layers that have dissolved….so gently. I am forever changed.”