Birth Renegotiation

I offer an Informed, Steady, and Spacious presence in the renegotiation of difficult early life development.

I help individuals, couples, and families struggling with birth and early life related trauma. Re-patterning prenatal and birth trauma imprinting in adults offers a tremendous resource to understanding and resolving our struggles as adults and parents now.

Working with babies soon after a difficult birth is the most effective time for healing. The working through of incomplete attachment dynamics allows them to rest into a secure base, into the co-regulation that their natural being-ness has come to rely on for growth.

Somatic experiencing and PPN therapy supports adults, babies, and families who have come into life with some difficulty.

This may include being born during a natural disaster, a major disruption in the family, being born too early (premature), or with a c-section or other medical interventions that include anesthesia, or being born with alcohol, drug or other chemicals that inhibit co-regulation and secure attachment.

I support healing through the careful consideration of all the social, emotional, energetic, and physical boundaries disrupted during this vital, informative time.

In my practice as a somatic therapist I attune to the subtle shifts in the relational field: allowing for healing without crowding or triggering overwhelm.

People with difficult birth histories often go seeking support only to become overwhelmed by the therapist, the lack of awareness in the contact, the trigger of the non-verbal content invoked, and other good intentioned yet unfortunately short sighted understanding of the physiological underpinnings of trauma related to prenatal and birth experiences.

A somatic approach to therapy, exploring the gentle peripheries of the implicit memory activation in the family dynamics, offers a new way to support healing, that is slow, restorative, growth oriented, and deeply caring. Helping the body to continue evolving, even as an adult, can alleviate relational challenges, lessen impulsive, reactive behavior, and settle the quick stress escalating overdrive. In somatic therapy we develop resiliency to support optimum down shifting of the stress response, to gain more control, ease, and safety, to strengthen the regulation of parasympathetic functioning, and allow the early incomplete impulses to move to the surface and complete.

I leave plenty of time to arrive in the office, to have a session, and to transition back out into the rest of your life, honoring the importance of coming in and out of connection, of transitioning, and of not being rushed.

Contact Joel: 510-229-9765 ~Berkeley/Oakland Office

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