The Healing Time~ Pesha Joyce Gertler
Finally on my way to yes
I bump into
all the places
where I said no
to my life
all the untended wounds
the red and purple scars
those hieroglyphs of pain
carved into my skin, my bones,
those coded messages
that send me down
the wrong street
again and again
where I find them
the old wounds
the old misdirections
and I lift them
one by one
close to my heart
and I say holy
Letters to a Young Poet ~ Ranier Maria Rilke
... have patience with everything unresolved in your heart
and to try to love the questions themselves
as if they were locked rooms or books written
in a very foreign language.
Don't search for the answers,
which could not be given to you now,
because you would not be able to live them.
And the point is, to live everything.
Live the questions now.
No one is ever completely broken
It's just a matter of
how much has to fall apart
before the ember of life
is exposed to air.
At some point almost everybody has experienced some form of trauma, big or small. These experiences can remain in the nervous system and contribute to habitual or compulsive ways of being that are not helpful. April can help you release the patterns and symptoms of trauma through techniques such as EMDR, DBT and CAR.
Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) is a way of releasing experiences that cause distress, by activating the right and left hemispheres of the brain. Natural Processing is a type of body-centered EMDR that supports nervous system healing.
Handout: What is EMDR
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) teaches a set of concrete skills to help to improve mindfulness, emotional intelligence, relationships, and distress tolerance.
Trauma Containment and Resolution (CAR) helps to resolve trauma symptoms by tracking body sensations to release incomplete actions from the nervous system.
Nature-based psychotherapy is a transpersonal therapy that incorporates the mind-body relationship, spirituality, and the study of consciousness for human transformation. Time in nature can help you take space from your inner self-critic, enter intimately into your aliveness and develop a relationship with something vastly larger than yourself. April can help you develop your own spiritual foundations, learn to heed the call of your soul and uncover your own basic goodness. In this way, you can gain access to your innate strengths and underlying wholeness.
Drawing on ecology, traditional indigenous knowledge, rites of passage practices, the body-mind connection, art and creativity to help cultivate a sense of belonging and connection with nature. Outside or indoors, April can help you find your current circumstances reflected in the natural world and understand your life as part of the natural cycles of change. No matter what you are going through, something in nature has already experienced it and can offer guidance. As a result, you will come to know your deep interconnectedness with all life and find that you are never truly alone.
Experimenting with new ways of being in the present moment is the most effective way to develop new neural pathways and make lasting changes. Through mindfulness you will come to know yourself on a deep level through the living experience of your five senses as well as your own inner landscape of sensation and emotion. This type of experience helps you see both your brilliance and your blind spots and allows different parts of yourself to enter into the conversation of your life. Experiential therapy draws on hakomi principles to access your own awareness and direct experience rather than ideas about who you might be.
Handout: What is Hakomi Therapy