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“Jamie holds a spacious attentiveness that invites one's inner energy to move in its natural patterns. From there, his teachings and technologies of amplification, slowing down, bringing in breath or sound, repeating micro movements that come from a felt inner sensing, or working with opposite impulses (to name just a few!) help to bring a more intimate relationship with what is alive in the moment and what maybe wants to be born.” - Jeremy, psychotherapist

“You seemed to effortlessly distill the essence of what was internally going on, help me name it, and then gave tools to attend to where I am at right now. I'm feeling much gratitude for the awareness, for the suggested methods of leaving my self imposed dark tunnel, as well as your ever-ready permission and support.” - Ann, massage therapist

Somatic Expression Individual Sessions

  • Deepen awareness of your body
  • Enlarge your expressive range
  • Increase sensory-motor perception and decrease mental chatter
  • Learn practical tools for self-care
  • Uncover personal meaning in somatic feedback and symptoms
  • Identify creative solutions for your life
  • Integrate awareness and action into your personal daily practice

I have been a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist through ISMETA (The International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association) since 1989, and work in both educational and private practice settings. I use my skills to help people living with depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, life-threatening illnesses, chemical dependence, eating disorders, anxiety, and stress heal themselves.

Fundamental to personal empowerment is the inquiry into how we breathe, vocalize, sit, stand, and move. These basic pre-verbal actions reflect our history, habits, and identity. By starting with your body and introducing somatic activities relevant to your individual issues and needs, we establish a dialogue between the preverbal and the verbal, and between the belly and the brain. Alternating between action and reflection helps clarify what is essential for exploration and moving forward.

Our process is a collaborative inquiry that draws on a broad range of modalities – a session can involve the somatic technologies of breath, vocalization, contact, movement and stillness; verbal dialogue; and writing or drawing. I work closely with your needs, interests, and comfort level to determine which direction to take and what resource to use.

I am a witness - giving you my full attention, and a coach - offering resources, possibilities and encouragement. I witness your preverbal language of gestures, eye contact, posture, movement, breathing rhythm, vocal tone and tempo, and the silences as well as your words and images. Paying attention to all these modes of self-expression helps me empathically enter your world so I can respond with targeted resources and tools, and coach you in effectively reaching your personal goals.

You are able to use these resources and diverse perspectives to embrace new ways of experiencing and expressing yourself, and to empower you to respond more effectively and compassionately to both your inner and outer worlds.

 

 

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“Jamie is not adequately nor accurately described by words like dancer or movement therapist - he is much more for which there are no good words. Transformative artist may approach his ability to utilize the non-verbal (movement, vocalization, drawing) not only expressively but also conjointly with the psychological/ insightful to promote a healing integration of awareness." - George F. Solomon, M.D., UCLA