personal and collective change through
dishabituation, improvisation, play
The Anatomy of Liberation
Why anatomy? Liberation is not without structure. Liberation is not a field in which "we" meet without "them." Ending oppression means creating a new structure that will ultimately support all within it. While we may equate liberation with freedom, it is a freedom within a framework of interdependence and inter-relatablility, just like nature.
Anatomy speaks not only to structure but also to the body as blueprint and base for all change, as map and playground and feedback machine, as the most intimate structure individuals create with patterns. The physical body can represent and enact all other bodies: social, political, ancestral, ecological.
Anatomy is layered and complex, and our understanding of it is ever-evolving. It is the science of living tissue, of what can be seen and what cannot. There is no part of the body that functions in isolation. Personal and collective suffering thrive on a destructive cocktail of individualism, intellectualism, and independence. We have elevated the self and the mind above all else. It's time to occupy the body, to develop a keen awareness of ourselves as infinite nesting dolls of patterns of relationship, from the cellular to the universal and back again. We are part of the network, and we are the network.
We change patterns in order to change structures, from the micro level at the personal body to the macro level at the planetary body. Top-down methods of change are necessary, but they remain ineffective and incomplete if the patterns of behavior within the structure have not altered. Without bottom-up change, it's likely that time will recreate the same oppression in a new form. We see this play out in myriad ways at every level: smoking cessation jumpstarting new addictive behaviors, remarrying but having the same fights, hiring new staff but maintaining toxic workplace culture, an inability to integrate those euphoric retreat feelings back into your daily life, or new governments via vote or coup who turn out to be as corrupt as their predecessors.
Our end goal must be changing the structures around us, which means we must alter the patterns between us. Embodiment is essential. Embodied action is unstoppable. Speaking our truth is important. Conflict fluency is powerful. Personal sovereignty is beautiful. Collective liberation is why we are here.
I am a collaborative facilitator of interpersonal somatics, neuromotor health interventions, energy work, expressive arts, and theatre for social change. I use curiosity and play to encourage demechanization and risk, from which all liberation arises.
I work privately with individuals, couples, and families, as well as in group classes and workshops, both in-person and online. I also offer short-term professional mentorship and consulting if the need is a fit for us both. Please note that my work is not a replacement for mental health services.
I draw from non-profit experience in advocacy and spiritual care for vulnerable populations (street youth, terminally ill children, adult foster care, hospice care), ten years of private practice in this work, my personal process of ritual creativity (exhibited visual artist, published songwriter, performer), my own practice of spiritual ecstatics, and a wide base of training and education (some of which is listed below).
PGDip, psychosocial health intervention, public health education and advocacy
Neurodevelopmental movement, Rhythmic Movement Training International, i/ii
Movement for stress resilience and immunity, MNRI® Method
Intuitive counseling and energy reading, Johnson
Grief Literacy™ training Level One, Being Here, Human
Violence prevention and conflict intervention for children, Kornblum
Polyvagal-informed sexual trauma coursework, Indiana University
Dissociation and the Body, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Insitute
Maternal birth trauma coursework, CBI
Birth trauma healing, Brook Institute
Movement for dementia prevention, WiseMotion Method
Neuroscience of embodied collaboration, WiseMotion Method
Dance for neurodegenerative disease, WiseMotion Method
Certified Autism Movement Therapist®
Certified practitioner, Safe and Sound Protocol
Applied ecopsychology and eco art therapy, Project NatureConnect
Natural voicework, Frankie Armstrong
Feldenkrais movement and Linklater voicework, Actors Academy Finland
Therapeutic movement and dance, CAT
Theatre for Living seminar intensive, David Diamond
Theatre of the Oppressed, Jiwon Chung
On a limited basis, I am taking bookings for in-person private sessions, suitable for individuals, couples, and families. These 80-minute private sessions are collaborative in nature and center around your goals and immediate needs. Content can include somatic inquiry and metaphor, voicework, therapeutic dance, somatic play, embodied rhythm, reflex integration, neurodevelopmental repatterning, co-regulation training, and ritual theatre. Please contact to inquire.
A Soul Session is a full energetic clearing of the soul-level obstacles to your self-expression, joy, and healing, as well as an in-depth reading of the higher, deeper perspective on your current life situation. Together, we access the energetic root of your issue by bringing to conscious awareness the specific behavioral patterns, belief systems, coping mechanisms, genetic inheritances, negative self-talk, and toxic relationships that have contributed to your current circumstances. I remotely tune into your Higher Guidance (via your Guide team and Akashic Record) and not only clear what you are ready to release but discuss with you in detail how to take advantage of the energetic clean slate by changing your patterns and habits.
Soul Sessions include: approximately an hour of my time before our call, an 80-minute jam packed Zoom call (and voice recording if technology is on our side), a customized prayer practice, a family tree graph of your main energetic inheritances, a Soul-level Love Letter pdf that details all the unchanging aspects of your gifting and specific energies you are here to promote, and opportunities for follow-up clarification via email.
I also offer Soul Sessions for couples that examine how your gifts overlap and align, clarify how you relate to each other at soul-level, and clear any blocks that exist between you or that affect your ability to be in healthy relationship together.