Parts work is a way of working with our internal world. Parts work asserts that we are made up of different parts. We can notice our parts by recognizing that one part of us wants to do one thing and another part wants to do something else. We have an internal struggle going on that we can often recognize.
When we experience trauma, some of our parts get stuck in the past. Parts work helps us to befriend the parts of us that are struggling and bring them out of the past into the present.
Somatic work involves working with the body. You focus on sensations and experiences in the body while letting go of any judgment that may arise from your thoughts. Sessions can be brief (10-15 minutes) or longer depending on how comfortable you are and what your goals are.
Even short sessions can result in a reduction of current symptoms like pain, headaches, anxiety or depression. Since we focus on the body, sensations or movement, you don't need to talk about what is bothering you. Somatic work can be really helpful for various types of complex trauma.
Group work is where we do somatic or parts work in a group setting. We have a set of agreements that are key to keeping our group a safe place. Group work can be as short as 15 minutes or as long as an hour. Amazing things can happen in community as we hold space for each other.
Biology of trauma is all about the impact of trauma on our biology. The ACEs study correlates the impact of trauma on physical health. Bessel van der Kolk writes about it in his book, The Body Keeps the Score. Trauma disrupts our biology and there are specific ways we can bring in support. Dr Aimie Apigian is an amazing resource for learning more about the biology of trauma.
We explore together the struggles you want to address. If things are feeling overwhelming, we will spend time building the capacity of your system to tolerate feelings and sensations. Often somatic work helps to build capacity. Sessions are tailored to what you need in the present while being guided to focus on what your body might be trying to communicate. If you have further questions, please feel free to fill out the interest form or send an email. I look forward to hearing from you!
Growing Harmony Within is a consulting business whose goal is to help you through stressful situations in your life using somatic work, parts work or a change in lifestyle, diet and exercise. While natural supplements might be suggested in a session, I’m not a licensed physician, dietician or therapist. The statements made here have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The information on this site is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Always check with your doctor and/or therapist before making dramatic shifts in your diet and lifestyle.