Whatever role I’m playing in life, I strive to play that role from the perspective of everything being connected, a perspective of oneness and knowing that peace is available at all times. In the truest of truths, there are no problems, only situations. As I am playing the role of facilitating connective living with you, that will be my primary focus. I will listen will all my senses and use tools from many perspectives, choosing which to draw from based on that listening.
Connective Living Coaching is based upon teachings of many ways to get to the same place: a place of balance, centeredness, clarity, and peace. One of the strongest influences of those teachings has been that of Gay and Kathlyn Hendrick’s Body-Centered Therapy Approach, which is a transformational dialoging and behavioral approach designed to help clients become conscious of their life situations and – often unconscious – choices, and encourage choices based upon new insights. While what the client says can be valuable information and helpful in achieving therapeutic results, body-centered therapy relies more heavily on bodily reactions. Specifically, how the breath, movement, posture, speech patterns, and overall attitude are expressed by the client. Through years of combined observation, body-centered therapists have noted that while the mouth often lies, the body never lies. There are many processes used in this approach, mostly relying on experiential learning through movement and a creative sense of wonder.
Other influences include
- the teachings of the Mankind Project, which are influenced mostly by Jungian Psychology and Native American Spirituality;
- John Bradshaw Worskhops on the inner child and healing shame;
- Heart Centered Therapy Workshops by Alaya Chikly, which is a way of identifying where emotional issues we have are in our bodies, and how to resolve them with dialoging techniques;
- SER (somato-emotional-release, an advanced level of craniosacral therapy) courses by the Upledger Institute, which uses imagery and dialoging that has similarities to that of heart centered therapy;
- myofascial unwinding facilitation and dialoging techniques taught through the John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach, which encourages being aware of being in your body and allowing memories, emotions, and belief systems to flow through as the habitual patterns in your body unwind;
- studying the writings and video presentations of spiritual teachers like Eckhart Tolle, Thich Nhat Hanh, Wayne Dyer, Kahlil Gibran, Martin Luther King, Jr., Rumi, my mom, my uncle Jim, and others;
- the strong behavioral psychological approach of occupational therapy education and practice;
- years of boxing and martial arts training, which helps with understanding how to allow energy to move through us rather than taking it on, and redirect it;
- and receiving counseling (mostly cognitive and behavioral) for several years in my late teens and early twenties.
Whether you come to me specifically for connective living coaching or this happens as an awareness or emotional release during bodywork, I will creatively draw from all my background to help you discover a sense of resolution.