"Although the idea of who we are is limited, our core essence is limitless."
-Dr. Shefali Tsabary
What is somatic psychotherapy?
Soma, of Greek origin, means body. Of vedic tradition soma means to extract. In western society, we are conditioned to either disallow sensation or surrender to it, neither of which supports enrichment. Somatic psychotherapy is about coming to an improved understanding of our bodies and ourselves in relationship to the body, the mind, and our beingness. By recognizing patterned behaviours, gestures, breath, and posturing we can access better choice in forming our experiences, both past and present, and begin to individuate from embodied belief systems that do not support personal growth.
Therapy with me is about renegotiating what we think ourselves to be so we might safely open to new possibilities. With permission, we will explore imposed limitations and their resulting beliefs and embodied blocks. By resourcing the nervous system, capacity increases and greater resiliency can be realized. Elements of our histories are acknowledged and given space as we expand and find the alignments, actions, and practices necessary for healing and growth.
"It's hard to experience desire when you're weighted down by concern.”
-Esther Perel, relationship philosopher, psychotherapist,and author
Somatic Couples Therapy
We are relational beings. From conception our nervous systems learn how to function by being in relationship with one another, body to body. Unfortunately, for many of us those early relationships were strained, and created for protective patterns that challenge our ability to feel loved and secure in relationship as adults.
Couples therapy can open up massive opportunities for individual growth! It can be terribly uncomfortable when the worst of ourselves shows up in our relationship, but the good news is that these happenings can hold the key to unlocking that which blocks us from loving and living more freely. Through our partners and their experiences of us we often get to see parts of ourselves that need nurturing, a process that can be most enriching yet also very hard to understand and integrate without help.
My approach is rooted in interpersonal neurobiology. Together we'll look at where we are connecting, where we're being missed, and how we can best support one another to achieve and maintain healthful functioning. Somatic couples therapy is about understanding each partner's needs to achieve a better system of relating to our wants and desires.
I work with couples and relationships of all configurations. Couples therapy can happen one on one or, as available, in tailored groups with other couples. My space is poly-versed, kink aware, and LGBTQIAA+ affirming. High conflict couples are welcome.
"Trauma is not what happened, but what we hold inside in the absence of an empathic witness."
-Peter Levine, developer of Somatic Experiencing
Hi, I'm Kimberly.
I believe we are capable of immeasurable change when the body is awake and aware. My journey to becoming a clinician began with my own existential search for meaning and healthfulness amidst a high-pressure career in entertainment and experiential marketing. The arts, culture, chronic illness, religious strife, high achieving, yogic disciple, spiritual quest, and social rebellion are all integral to my story.
Reverence for where we came from and the ways by which early influences shape us comes through in my work. As a first generation American raised in New York, I value the seemingly dichotomous principles of individuality and interdependence. Growing up I saw suffering in poverty and affluence, and the systemic traumas behind both; a decade of working in the industry as an adult brought more witnessing of the same. In my own seeking, I came to understand that the deepest healing happens through safe, interpersonal connection. I took to somatic scholarship as a means of effecting change in my community.
I provide therapeutic treatment for individuals, couples, and groups facing seeming impasses and resulting physical and emotional symptoms. I have specialized training in trauma and work with survivors, to uncover missed experiences and process traumatic happenings that may have previously left an imprint within the nervous system. With couples managing trauma, we look for new ways to improve capacity to maintain regulation and find ease in the relationship. In therapy we will collaboratively honor the lengths taken to survive our experiences and work to pave a path towards thriving.
My approach is mindful and dialogic. I encourage exploration and have a knack for helping smart people move passed self-limiting thoughts and behaviours. As a practicing Buddhist and a yogi there is a transpersonal bend to the space I hold, but I do not push nor promote any schools of thought. I pride myself on upholding a level of cultural competence I feel necessary to facilitate change in community and growth in therapy. My practice is open, accepting, poly-versed, kink aware, and LGBTQIA+ affirming.
Emotional systems theories, embodied social justice, affective neuroscience, and psychoanalytic inquiry inform my therapeutic lens. In session I utilize clinical intuition and somatic tools to call upon unconscious aspects of self waiting to be acknowledged and integrated. For many the work is about developing deeper self-awareness and improved wellness. I have experience helping clients navigate challenges with; addiction, identity, dissociation, borderline features, bi-polar disorders, clinical depression, anxiety, disordered eating, attachment trauma, ancestral trauma, PTSD, CPTSD, chronic health conditions, psychedelic integration and existential and work-life balance crisis.
As a somatic clinician, I am sensitive not only to the cultural influences in our bones, but to the unique neurobiological and psychosocial makeup that is you. Therapy with me is gentle yet rigorous. I work at your pace yet hold in mind always treatment goals brought to me and my responsibility to you as a helping other. With whole systems care at heart, I have a holistic approach to wellness. In session I draw upon traditional psychodynamic and eastern philosophies and practices as well as current somatic science and contemporary treatment modalities such as: Somatic Experiencing, Polyvagal Theory, Fusion Acupressure, Formative Psychology, Yoga Therapy, Hakomi, AEDP, EFT, Parts Work, and PACT.
If you feel I can help you, reach out to me.
Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Registered Licensed Professional Counselor Associate
AMFT122082 & APCC8703
Grateful Heart Holistic Therapy Center
Supervised by Anna Howland LMFT99026
Supervised by Jori Adler
PRESENTLY OFFERING TELEHEALTH SESSIONS IN CALIFORNIA
*I hold a limited number of sliding scale spots for those facing financial challenges*
individual sessions $175
couples/group/family sessions $200
extended sessions determined upon request
90 minute sessions:
individuals $75 / couples $120
TO SCHEDULE A SESSION
Call or text: 833-579-1719
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"The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely."
-Carl Jung, founder of Analytic Psychology