Helping you bridge the gap between your mind and body.
Integrative Somatic Psychotherapist
Providing Therapy To Adults In New York And New Jersey.
Anxiety can be activated for many different reasons. We will identify what is underneath and the root of your anxiety. We will help your body build a capacity for the sensations associated with anxiety and other emotions. Anxiety can manifest as elevated heart rate, pit in your stomach, or chest pain. You will learn body based skill to regulate and support your body when feeling anxiety. When your body feels calm your mind often times will follow.
Maybe you've had many experiences that impacted the way you see and feel about yourself. This may impact the way you talk to yourself, the decisions you make, and what you may accept in your life. Together we will recognize the sensations and emotions that your body is experiencing around self esteem. We will support your body to digest stories you are telling yourself that no longer serve you.
Traumatic experiences can become "stuck" in our bodies when we were not able to complete our bodies instinctual response. For example if you had the impulse to run away (flee) from a situation but were not able to. This impulse to flee become immobilized in the body. Which can cause tension, anxiety, restlessness, and so on. We will very gently and slowly support your body to complete instinctual self protective responses along with digesting what your body is holding onto. You will connect with your inner resilience through this process.
Disordered Eating/Eating Disorders
Together we will identify the role food plays in your life. By becoming more aware of sensations and emotions in your body and identifying what you are experiencing before a behavior or thought occurs. You will learn to recognize sensations and emotions you may be suppressing. Along with the tools and the developed capacity to experience these emotions in a titrated and intentional way.
Melanie is an expert at being present for you and listening deeply. She gave me the space to work through overwhelming anxiety and depression in my own time. Her attentive and compassionate nature softened the weight of my experiences during the sessions, leaving me feeling lighter until our next meeting. I highly recommend working with Melanie!