"The human soul doesn't want to be advised or fixed or saved. It simply wants to be witnessed - to be seen, heard, and companioned exactly as it is."
I am a trauma resilience healing practitioner and trainer with heavy influence from the Somatic Experiencing field and Nkem Ndefo's training on the ethology model of stress.
I came to this work at what I thought was the end of my life. I was suffering deeply from unresolved trauma, chronic disease, self-harm habits, and destructive relationship patterns. I walked into therapy wanting simply to clean some things up before I was done living. The journey that started with my SE therapist that day has now become the center of my life and work. I am learning, changing, healing, and have done that with the support of incredibly patient, kind people who truly saw me underneath all my mess. Who invited me back home to myself.
I'm still unlearning, and plan to keep doing that, so the invitation is to join me in the grand unlearning of harms and hurt. To join me in building resilience to hold out for space and safety in our communities. To enroll in imagining and transforming these cycles of violence. To join me in walking home.
Because of this work through my own past and physical traumas, my offerings are highly intuitive and integrative. I walked my way into resilience training from the inside out.
I know that it's possible to experience a kind of healing you may have never even imagined for yourself.
It's important to note that I don't hold a conventional western therapy certificate. I hold certification as a STAR practitioner, am in training as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, work as a Healing, Conflict, and Grief Circle facilitator, and a Holding Space Consultant with The Institute for Birth, Breath, and Death. I am also a student of Nkem Ndefo's Resilience toolkit. I currently work in English and Tajik/Dari.
I am deeply rooted in my physical practice, integrating somatic healing with Ashtanga Yoga, and lead practice rooms as well as one-on-one yoga work that are trauma informed for holistic healing.
I work with individuals and/or groups to develop safety, wholeness, and transformative agency through or after traumagenic situations.
Recognizing the systemic and repetitive nature of harm, we collaborate to interrupt the patterns we find ourselves in. This requires that I continually interrogate my own role in the process, and I am committed to transparent accountability with my own support people, including my teachers.
We start with attending to the body's cues, and slowly build safety that helps us return to an integrated self.
We welcome the stories, sensations, and responses that emerge, offering healing witness and using practical tools to release stored energy, to wake up dormant areas, or to expand our windows of tolerance.
My work is to support each person in equipping themselves with the knowledge and tools they need to show up for their own lives with their full resilience capacity. As we build a safe relational container, we can practice interacting with difficult sensations and moments with incrementally stronger capacity. And as we build that resilience, we are able to engage with trauma cycles and participate in transforming the violence in those systems.
My passion is to be working in community settings with networks of diversely skilled practitioners, forming alternatives to the compartmentalized "care" models that have repeatedly failed our current society.
In Circles, we draw on the healing power of sharing and witnessing.
In group work, we embrace the interdependent nature of a harmonious nervous system.
One on one, we build safety and strength to show up with our full stories and full breath.
I am committed to a lifestyle of learning and unlearning. The work is ongoing . . .
I honor my teachers in these fields both direct: DeeDe Bormann, Nkem Ndefo, Shilpa Jain, Lisa Collins, Elaine Zook Barge, Andrea De La Madriz, Jordan Ryan, Dave Berger, Amy Wright Glenn;
and indirect: Parker Palmer, Gloria Anzaldua, bell hooks, Besser Van Der Kolk, Resmaa Menakem, Peter Levine, Jean Vanier, and Paramaguru Sharath Jois.