Welcome. We are living in difficult and confusing times. You may find yourself here if you are cycling through depression and anxiety or unhealthy patterns in relationships. Maybe you are curious about Somatic Therapy and EMDR. Regardless, thank you for showing up for yourself.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) currently practicing in Denver, Colorado. I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from San Francisco Art Institute and a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology (concentration in Somatic Psychology) from California Institute of Integral Studies. ** Please note that I am currently working with clients online due to the pandemic. I am only accepting clients from California and Colorado at this time.**
Relationships can be a beautiful and powerful healing force. Being in a healthy relationship with another has the potential to positively rewire our brains. It has been proven that we can heal more effectively by being in relationship with another, rather than going through the process alone. Studies have also found that the process of relating is more important than the content of relating. So what happens when we suddenly are unable to connect the way we used to, or if we weren’t able to connect in the first place?
And what happens when we are feeling stuck in unhealthy and repetitive cycles and patterns? This causes stress. We experience stress in our bodies through sensations, feelings, and emotions. When we have repeated or long term exposure to stress, our body remains activated in survival mode. This can have a negative impact on our endocrine and nervous system. When our system is overloaded with adrenaline and cortisol, our body becomes more rigid and tight. Our shoulders slump and our head hangs low. We lack the ability to move freely with full expression.
Research shows that chronic stress contributes to physical illness and dis-ease in the body. Research also shows that with body-mind psychotherapy, we have the ability to tap into our own healing mechanisms through body-oriented (somatic) practices. When we are able to establish a connection to the present moment, we are able to let go of the false narrative that is deeply embedded in our soma and psyche. We are able to release the rigidity and create more internal movement. Cultivating somatic awareness can help us become more aware of our own triggers, reduce anxiety and create ease in our every day lives.
As a body-centered (Somatic) and EMDR therapist, I work holistically, intuitively, and relationally to help you access your own innate ability to heal. Together, we will work on gaining a deeper understanding of what drives you and what is holding you back. We will help you utilize and build resources to create a deeper awareness of your self in relationships. There is nobody that has the exact same experience as you do, which is the beauty of being unique and diverse. My goal is to create a safe and non-judgmental therapeutic space for you to explore the challenges you face. I welcome and appreciate diversity in my practice.
To truly know our authentic self, we must first cultivate Awareness. When we cultivate a deeper awareness within ourselves, our heart leads the way instead of cycling through toxic patterns of doubt and fear. We also decrease stress and anxiety through this process of mindfulness.
Through cultivating awareness, we develop Understanding. Developing a deeper understanding of yourself can make it easier to meet your needs, goals, and desires. When we understand how our nervous system responds to stress and our own personal homeostasis, we can better manage our lives.
Once we develop understanding, we can take Accountability for our actions. Taking accountability for our actions is a really important part of the healing process. We are more effective in our lives when we are able to hold ourselves accountable. This also allows you to be fully engaged with your process of healing.
With this deeper understanding and awareness of self, Consciousness arises. Consciousness is putting awareness, understanding, and accountability into action and creating positive change in your life.
And with all of this, arises Growth.
Growth creates change. Change creates growth. With growth, there is a deeper ability to intuitively listen to what your body needs. We can listen on a deeper level to our nervous system to better understand how we operate as a whole person. There is a sense of achievement and feeling of peace when we can truly embody growth.
I am honored to walk along your journey with you. We will work together to create a plan that is specific to your needs to help you reach the goals you desire.
“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes .” – Carl Jung
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What Is Somatic Psychotherapy?
The word somatic is derived from the Greek word “soma” which means living body. Our bodies are fluid and we are always in movement. Somatic psychology encourages communication and understanding of the mind, body, and spirit connection. If you would like to know more, click below.
Allison White, LMFT
Allison is known for her ability to connect with her clients to help them create healthier relationships. She has received an MA in Somatic Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and also received a BFA in Photography from San Francisco Art Institute. Allison helps people understand the connection between the body, mind, and spirit. She works with clients to reach personal goals. If you would like to learn more about Allison and her work, please click below and thank you for visiting.