What Do You Do?
I use a somatic and lifestyle approach to healing pain, stress, movement disorders, and trauma. A main component of my approach is improving self-regulation – the ability of the body to associate intense sensations with a feeling of safety and mastery.
When faced with stress or danger in one’s life, even if not under stress now, the body enacts protective responses such as pain, tension, and inflammation, and changes how we perceive, move, and function. These responses, while helpful in the short-term, become problematic when they’re not resolved – the body and mind become stuck in a dysregulated state. This creates a wide variety of pain and dysfunction.
I use a combination of movement, manual, and lifestyle interventions, specifically tailored to the individual based on their unique personal experiences to help a person regulate their bodily systems. My work is based on a strong understanding of the sciences of stress and trauma neurobiology, development, immunology, respiration, gastrointestinal function, posture, sensorimotor function, and movement.
Who do you work with?
- People who are suffering from chronic or persistent pain, fibromyalgia, or chronic fatigue
- Orthopedic pain anywhere in the body, including headaches and TMJ dysfunction
- People with a history of trauma (physical or emotional) – often in tandem with a psychologist/counselor
- People who feel stiff or tight
- Sensory processing disorders including visual and auditory and their impact on movement and balance
- People with high work or life stress, anxiety and/or depression
Do you perform in-person consultations?
I work with clients at Atlanta PT in Atlanta, GA. You will see me, and only me, for at least 1 hour on every visit where we will perform a complete movement behavior assessment to determine a plan of treatment.
The clinic is located in Smyrna/Vinings within 10-20 minutes from downtown Atlanta, Buckhead, Midtown, Sandy Springs, East Cobb, Marietta, Douglasville, and Powder Springs. Please feel free to contact me for more information or call the office at 770-989-1405 to schedule.
Do you offer video/phone consultations?
Online consults are available to help you to reduce stress and improve your self-regulation by learning to unblock patterns of defense in your body. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
What do you assess?
Using a comprehensive history and physical examination we will work to answer:
- How stressed is your system? Stress directly impacts the intensity of symptoms like pain and stiffness and critically affects the autonomic nervous system – the part of our nervous system that maintains balance between stimulation and relaxation.
- How is stress and trauma affecting your perceptions?
- How are you perceiving the environment and yourself?
- What are your thoughts and beliefs about your body (self-image), your abilities (resilience), and your capacity for improvement?
- How well do you move in multiple different positions and postures?
- How much muscular tension and rigidity do you demonstrate?
- How well do you breathe?
The movement system is our action system — it is how we move ourselves thru the environment, protect ourselves from external dangers (fight or flight), and express our emotions and behaviors. Problems in any of the systems above can result in a change in movement and thus behavior – creating or perpetuating pain.
Can you learn to regulate yourself?
Yes. Humans have an innate ability to feel sensations in the body and challenges in the world without being overwhelmed by them. However, many of us never learned this ability as we were developing or perhaps lost it when experiencing adversity. A key aspect of my work with clients is to help them automatically learn to associate sensations in the body with a feeling of safety and mastery.
I currently practice in Atlanta, GA and work with ALL types of patients with a particular interest in chronic pain, trauma, and complex issues. I pride myself on having a wide-ranging body of knowledge to work with difficult cases. Basically, I work with people who are “stuck”.
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