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1-1 Work with Me

“Why do we focus so intensely on our problems? What draws us to them?

Why are they so attractive?

They have the magnet power of love:

somehow we desire our problems;

we are in love with them much as we want to get rid of them . . .

Problems sustain us -- maybe that's why they don't go away.

What would a life be without them?

Completely tranquilized and loveless . . .

There is a secret love hiding in each problem”

My continual training in Jungian and Archetypal studies and Somatic Experiencing allows me to bring a variety of experience and perspectives to the experiences that are concerning you,

from anxiety to depression to relationships, career or transition issues.

Regardless of why you are considering 1-1 work together, I can help you find a rich and deeper connection to your inner life and help you discover personal strengths and quality of life you have been seeking.

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To me, coaching from a depth psychological lens means taking a perspective that suffering is the result of striving towards wholeness.

This means acknowledging and creating a relationship with the unconscious through Jungian-oriented 1:1 sessions, emotional intelligence, dream tending, and active imagination work.

Most individuals I work with begin to ask themselves, “Is what I am striving towards meaningful and fulfilling to me?”

I help individuals who feel stuck in this process of becoming who they feel they are meant to be.

Rather than deeming your struggle an illness, what if we viewed it as a sign from the unconscious that perhaps we need a new perspective, a new path, or a new orientation towards life?

Think of this similar to the way we know that fever is our body’s way of trying to rid itself of an infection.

 

Symptoms, such as depression, anxiety, or addiction can be a way for our psyche to alert us of some deeper problem.

 

Oftentimes, deep healing reveals itself when we don’t flatten our embodied experience into a box.

 

My job is to provide you with safe space and guidance as you learn to discover this deeper problem and work creatively and dynamically with it in order to draw you into a deeper exploration of the mystery and meaning of your life.

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Somatic Experiencing

Somatic Experiencing (SE™) is a body-oriented therapeutic model applied in multiple professions and professional settings—psychotherapy, medicine, coaching, teaching, and physical therapy—for healing trauma and other stress disorders.

It is based on a multidisciplinary intersection of physiology, psychology, ethology, biology, neuroscience, indigenous healing practices, and medical biophysics and has been clinically applied for more than four decades.

It is the life’s work of Dr. Peter A. Levine.

The SE approach releases traumatic shock, which is key to transforming PTSD and the wounds of emotional and early developmental attachment trauma.

It offers a framework to assess where a person is “stuck” in the fight, flight or freeze responses and provides clinical tools to resolve these fixated physiological states.

The Somatic Experiencing approach facilitates the completion of self-protective motor responses and the release of thwarted survival energy bound in the body, thus addressing the root cause of trauma symptoms. This is approached by gently guiding clients to develop increasing tolerance for difficult bodily sensations and suppressed emotions.

Dr. Levine was inspired to study stress on the animal nervous system when he realized that animals are constantly under threat of death, yet show no symptoms of trauma.

What he discovered was that trauma has to do with the third survival response to perceived life threat, which is freeze. When fight and flight are not options, we freeze and immobilize, like “playing dead.” This makes us less of a target.

However, this reaction is time-sensitive, in other words, it needs to run its course, and the massive energy that was prepared for fight or flight gets discharged, through shakes and trembling. If the immobility phase doesn’t complete, then that charge stays trapped, and, from the body’s perspective, it is still under threat.

The Somatic Experiencing method works to release this stored energy and turn off this threat alarm that causes severe dysregulation and dissociation.

SE helps people understand this body response to trauma and work through a “body first” approach to healing.

 

Dream Tending

Although sometimes we don't remember our dreams, dreaming is a universal experience.

The more we pay attention to our dreams, the more we begin to remember them.

Clients find that working with dreams in therapy increases their conscious awareness of themselves.

To help remember dreams, keep paper and pen next to your bed and make notes as soon as you wake up. Keeping a dream journal can be helpful because it allows you to track your dreams over time. It’s also useful for our work together if you think or write about the events going on in your life at the time of each dream.

As we review your dreams together in session, we will slowly reflect on the images and their meaning for you. In this way, we will create a kind of dialogue between the conscious and the unconscious parts of your personality that allows new images and ideas to arise within you.

This is valuable material that will guide and assist your therapeutic process.

History: Interest in dreams long precedes psychology, dating to ancient Egyptian and Sumerian texts and both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. When Freud took up the subject in our contemporary world, dreams began to play a crucial role in the dialogue between the ego and the unconscious. Jung, Freud’s heir apparent, disagreed with Freud’s theory that dreams held repressed infantile wishes. Instead, he saw them as autonomous self-representations of the psyche that, among other things, could balance the ego’s one-sided view of itself.

Jung’s approach: Jung felt that although the dream spoke in images, it showed the psyche as it is.

For Jung, the dream is a picture of the psychological situation of the individual in his waking state:

“Dreams are impartial, spontaneous products of the unconscious psyche, outside the control of the will. They are pure nature; they show us the unvarnished, natural truth, and are therefore fitted, as nothing else is, to give us back an attitude that accords with our basic human nature when our consciousness has strayed too far from its foundations and run into an impasse.”
— C.G. Jung (CW 10 317)

Jung called complexes the “architects” of dreams—we could say that the dream is the world of our complexes walking around in dramatic images. The dream helps us see what our complexes look like by giving us representations in the way of images, motifs and themes that portray these emotional centers of energy, alive within us, but not necessarily known to us consciously.

Jung believed that the dream compensates, or balances, the point of view of the ego when it becomes too one-sided or out of balance, allowing the individual to make adjustments in their ways of perception. In Jungian dream work, image from dreams are examined closely and repeatedly until their meaning begins to unfold. Jung thought of the symbols in dreams as “transformers of energy” that opened up new paths in the psyche.

 

Trauma and Abuse

 Whether long past or recent, traumatic experiences can overload our brains & bodies, leaving us with unprocessed feelings that result in symptoms such as anxiety, intrusive images and flashbacks, numbness, and overwhelming emotions and sensations.

As victims of trauma, we may have trouble finding words for our experiences, especially if the trauma was suffered at the hands of a childhood caretaker. These problems prevent us from living fully in the present and can disturb our capacity for relationships.

The first goal of our sessions is to minimize distress that can disrupt daily life.

Next, we will focus on how to regain what has been lost—including the ability to feel and to trust yourself and others—and reclaim the life you were meant to live.

 

Depression

It’s often hard to seek help when we need it the most, and this is especially true when we experience the loss of energy that accompanies depression. When feelings of sadness won’t go away, it’s helpful to have an experienced guide to reduce distress. We will begin by focusing on practical steps to relieve some of the heaviness that accompanies depression. Together, we will look at how the past continues to influence the present and explore the relationships, losses or situations that contribute to your depression. Through this process, you will discover a new sense of self as well as renewed energy.

 

Anxiety

The fast pace of today’s world creates anxiety for many of us. When insecurities and fears become pervasive, or turn into anxiety attacks or phobias, it’s time to consider seeking help.

Anxiety has a physiological aspect, and through Somatic Experiencing work we can help increase your capacity in the body for sensation as well as reduce your symptoms as we uncover the feelings that are causing them.

(For instance, anxiety can be rooted in a drive towards perfection or in feelings of insecurity.)

Together, we will work toward understanding the meaning of your anxiety and building your sense of inner calm.

 

Grief and Loss

 A significant loss may cause not only sadness, but also a confusing mixture of anger, fear, remorse and guilt, making the process of letting go even more difficult. In addition to the loss of a loved one, life experiences such as chronic illness, disability, divorce, or unwanted life transitions can bring about feelings of grief. We are often encouraged to “get on” with life instead of moving through the mourning process at our own pace. Our work will give you the space and time you need to fully experience your loss, transform unmanageable feelings and gain a sense of comfort and healing.

 

Work and Career

Work can be emotionally sustaining, but it can also rob us of energy. Doing the work we were meant for can make a crucial difference in our lives. Are you uncertain as to whether your job or career is right for you? Perhaps you are struggling with a work relationship or are unable to strike a healthy balance between work and your personal life. Our work together can focus on finding a relationship to work that is in alignment with your core self.

 

Transitions

Like all stages of life, life transitions have their own particular challenges. You may feel lost as you let go of familiar roles such as parenting, or find that former notions of success feel empty.

Transitions are also a time of facing limits, a potential source of anxiety and depression.

Through our work, you can re-evaluate and explore life choices in order to make the most of this important stage.

As we reexamine your values, we will create opportunities to redefine what is really important to you, and in doing so, redefine yourself.

 

Eating/Exercise Disorders

 In eating disorders, food becomes symbolic of much more than simple physical nurturance; a struggle between your body and food shows that you are no longer in tune with your emotional needs.

You may be deeply anxious, but also alienated from this and other feelings.

In our work, you will learn to listen to your body as well as your emotions.

Our container will become a safe place to explore various aspects of your inner life.

In doing so, you can regain your body awareness and a healthy relationship to food & exercise.

 You will learn to care for yourself as a whole person—body, spirit and emotional life—and heal the division within yourself.

 

Relationships

You and/or your partner may seek help because your relationship is in crisis; or because one or both of you has identified a stumbling block in your relationship; or because you both want to strengthen your relationship.

If necessary, we will first focus on the steps needed to establish stability within the relational container.

Next, we will explore the unconscious patterns operating in your relationship and how each partner contributes their own set of struggles, beliefs, and complexes.

As you learn to be responsible for your own needs, building skills such as empathic listening, dispute resolution and meaningful connection, your relationship can become stronger and more intimate.

 

Apply for 1:1 Coaching

 If you're interested in learning more about working 1-1 with Danielle through her depth psychological and somatic approaches, please apply below she will get back to you ASAP.