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. -- Jeanne-Marie Lovell