really getting that I'm not broken
“Heartfelt thanks for the gifts you offered and gave to me today. I've experienced such a lift as I consider that there's nothing to fix ... as I'm not broken. Laying this foundation is dreamy. I know I've been a-journey for quite a while, and I'm def on the path. Still, today, I have a greater sense of it.” -- Patricia
sense of myself as a resilient container
I am an artist in my mid-forties. I spent many years of my life in psychotherapy and self help, but could not seem to shake the perpetual emotional pain and anxiety which crippled my daily functioning. A friend shared books about Somatic Experiencing, and I realized I could not heal myself alone. I found Suzanne via the "Find a Practitioner" at www.traumahealing.com. Her gentle style immediately put me at ease and established a relationship of trust.
I really appreciate how Suzanne is available for me when I am triggered. A phone call or visit to her office resets my attitude and empowers me to proceed with my day calmly. She reads me so well, picking up on subtle signs how my system is doing. Her supportive touch is tremendously healing as it enables me to discharge pent-up anxiety and stress. As our series of sessions continues, I am putting experiences in her office together with the lingo I learned while reading about S.E.; gaining a tangible sense of myself as a resilient container.
Receiving her gentle visceral bodywork [an osteopathic approach that complements S.E.] is making me aware of my own internal anatomy, and awakening my inner health advocate. This year I got serious about attending regular [every 2 weeks] sessions. Rather than just soothing me and helping me to put out emotional fires, I have made significant progress in both my personal and professional life. I feel that Suzanne's help has empowered me with the confidence to meet with clients and to achieve artwork I never had the stamina for before. I feel very fortunate to have discovered her practice. -- JM
I highly recommend the somatic approach. Suzanne seems to use a few different modalities - I don't particularly understand the mechanics of what she does (and I don't need to!). But I do know what talent, deep intuition and years of practice look like, and I can tell you that Suzanne has really got it going on. -- Kim
feeling like Eeyore no more
I started seeing Suzanne for fibromyalgia relief. Her experience and techniques have been very helpful in reducing the muscle aches. I was surprised at one session where something in my hip released. From that time several months ago, to the present, my low level depression, what I called my “Eeyore -ness,” has vanished. -- Kathryn BR
mobilized and refreshed, as shift happens
I arrived at your office feeling that my legs were sausages filled with water, not wanting to move… feeling that I could barely make it up the hill to fall into bed. Wellllll after you did "whatever it is that you do" which is really "just letting my body heal itself" (right!) I was a new woman! After leaving your office, I happily drove to the cabin, enjoying every minute of the scenery, felt chipper and happy, enjoyed a movie, slept less than usual and felt refreshed. My outlook went from DOWN to peaceful and hopeful. I took a little hike the next morning and have been doing well since. -- Dorothy S.
renewed focus on possibility
I am excited! Our work together has been so inspiring and positive for me. After years of pain, I truly hated my body, like it was sabotaging all my best efforts. I tried so hard to fix what was "wrong." I'm grateful for your skills in prompting my body to consider new ways of being, and for the big-hearted way in which you've approached my long-standing issues and concerns. Trusting that my body is naturally moving toward functioning well, I'm better able to allow it to happen. When I experience pain, it's now in context of this natural process, so it doesn't grab all my focus away. Thank you! -- Harsi P.
pre-exam anxiety stabilized
I am so incredibly grateful to you, Suzanne, for helping me through the stress of Board Exams. Being able to combine counseling, body awareness, massage and practical feedback made you uniquely equipped to provide me with support in so many different ways. During a vulnerable time for me, you were knowledgeably understanding, able to help me find the lighter moments, and help me keep this challenge in perspective. Your guidance in finding my resources moment by moment prevented my last-minute "exam panic" from derailing my thorough study preparation. I passed!! --- Rachel M.
relaxed jaw, more space
Tuesday's session was highly effective on relaxing my clenched jaw muscles and I noted a release in my neck as well. I also was not sore the next day. I am still aware of having a space between my upper and lower teeth even now several days later. What a great feeling! Thanks much! ---Janet T.
new calm, balance
Spasms in my left upper back and arm -- my primary goal for treatment -- soon eased. But I noticed a more system-wide result: I felt more grounded, physically more solid against the earth, and also more calm and settled mentally and emotionally. At work, I could let go of worrying and trying to problem-solve issues that previously had me anxiously churning inside. This past week in particular, I noticed a different kind of calmness; a sense of balance in my thoughts and emotions. I didn’t feel so scattered in my thoughts or reactive to them. I could just sit calmly for a few minutes and it felt like my mind rested. --- Christine T.
holistic, fibromyalgia relief
Suzanne is unique among my health care providers in that she works holistically with my entire body, mind, heart, and spirit, from the inside out, with superb results. Many other doctors, physical therapists, massage therapists, and bodywork practitioners have instead focused on one body part at a time, and have treated my condition based on preconceived assumptions from the outside about what my body needs. Because each body is unique and mine has often responded differently than their other patients, many of these practitioners have made me feel worse rather than better, bringing on flares of severe pain. On the other hand, Suzanne's gentle touch invites my body's own healing response from the inside, and her inquisitive words invite me to explore and allow the full range of my body's strength and healing potential, even when it manifests in surprising ways. Suzanne has helped me gain a new relationship with my body. My fibromyalgia came on very suddenly and very severely, and I felt at the beginning that it had taken away my dreams, and my ability to live the life I loved. I felt like my body had fallen apart, and I no longer trusted it.
Suzanne helped me to turn that around, to see all the things in my body that were still working right, and to feel able again. Since that day that I ran after her session, I have been able to hike (on good days, which is still not every day) up to 5 miles with 1000 foot elevation gain, up to some of the most exquisitely beautiful little lakes in the Sierra, and to camp there under the stars. I've even been dancing again, although months before, I could barely get out of bed!
My regained strength, reduced pain, increased energy, and more harmonious flow have given me my life back.
Suzanne uses the word "organism" to describe the whole body/mind/spirit/being that is responding and healing in this way, and as a biologist I understand this word as alluding to the animal within me, with instinctive responses toward protection and healing that I share with other creatures. I have also read research articles that demonstrate the power of holistic therapies like Suzanne's, which effectively stimulate healing in the brain and nervous system, breath and circulatory system, digestive and immune systems. Most importantly, I trust Suzanne's expertise because I have felt its benefits, have felt my body healing itself in her presence, and have felt myself healing independently while remembering her guidance. For this, I am filled with gratitude. ---- Kristen S.
no longer controlled by fear
I highly recommend this type of work.The greatest benefit has been in my body, mind, and spirit not having to be controlled by fear. With the "somatic experiencing" approach, you do not need to know what the trauma was or discuss it. Your body knows and it knows how to release it if given the chance. Suzanne is gentle and understanding and makes one feel comfortable during what can sometimes be a difficult but profound experience. ----- Judy S.