Use Your Words: Shape-Shifting for Meaning-Making

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Do you ever have trouble "finding your words" related to an experience or feeling? This experience is one of my favorite things to explore personally for myself and professionally with clients or groups because it sets the stage for some powerful messages, feelings, wisdom or guidance to be birthed.

“Movement by its nature is preverbal. Speaking about it requires translation from movement to verbal. This is a far greater leap than any translation between verbal languages. Yet, when the words arise directly out of experience, there is a recognition of their authenticity. Embodied language brings the unspoken into the conscious word. That word carries us into the future.” - Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen

Sometimes, we might need to carefully and mindfully move through some trauma to unpack feelings, sensations, urges or movement patterns. Sometimes it’s as simple as learning to practice letting your body guide you instead of intellectualizing all your daily moves. When we can find safety and support in allowing the body to move how it needs to move (perhaps in a titrated way, aka small doses), we can discover AND embody a richness, depth and connection we might never have imagined. It's meaning-making of the shape-shifting. 

If you are interested in somatic psychotherapy or using movement and inviting the body into therapy while incorporating cognitive techniques too, I’d love to see if we are a good fit. Feel free call me for a 15-minute phone consultation. Contact me here.

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