INTEGRATIVE BODYWORK & SOMATIC EXPERIENCING

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About Me

I am a registered nurse, working with mothers, newborns, children, young adults, and families since 2014. I am also a licensed massage therapist and holistic healer, in practice since 2008. My training includes Somatic Experiencing trauma healing, as developed by Dr. Peter Levine, and Pre & Perinatal integration work with Ray Castellino, Mary Jackson, and Tara Blasco. Additionally, I am certified as a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist, Certified Lactation Counselor, and Certified Infant Massage Instructor. 

 

Currently, I am a clinical instructor at Cal State Channel Islands School of Nursing, and recently worked as Wellness Coordinator for Carlton College's Global Engagement Buddhist Studies Program in Thailand/India. I periodically assist Somatic Experiencing training cohorts, womb surrounds led by Ray Castellino, and have volunteered in the BEBA (Building and Enhancing Bonding & Attachment) Clinic with Tara Blasco. As an RN, I have worked in the Mother/Baby unit at Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Oregon, and with Ventura County Public Health supporting families in the Ventura County community. I have also worked as a camp nurse at Eden Village West, a Jewish organic farm summer camp in Sonoma County. I received my Masters of Science in Nursing Education through Grand Canyon University in 2021.

True healing occurs when we feel a sense of trust and safety.  I look forward to providing a welcoming space for our work together and discovering how I can support you in your healing. 

In 2001, as a young college student, I was led to a path of personal growth and healing following a bicycling accident that left me with physical injuries and a shaken nervous system. I eventually found my way to the Yellow Springs Dharma Center and began practicing meditation. After graduating from Antioch College with a degree in Cultural Interdisciplinary Studies, I began to deepen in my meditation practice. I travelled to Burma where I practiced with Sayadaw U Tejaniya, known for teaching insight meditation in a way so as to make the practices accessible in daily life, not just on the meditation cushion. In this current of integrative spirituality, I have been a student of the Diamond Approach since 2012.  This has been a primary source of spiritual sustenance for me and has supported me in bringing a spirit of inquiry and compassion to session work. I have also been influenced by yoga, dance, indigenous traditions, Judaism, and many wonderful teachers in these lineages to whom I owe a debt of gratitude.

 

Effective healing is centered on presence, empathy, connection, and kindness. A healing container is built on a foundation of trust and safety. I look forward to providing a welcoming space for our work together and discovering how I can support you in your healing journey.

“In craniosacral biodynamics we consciously create a relationship that holds open the possibility that trust can be renegotiated and the pain of intimacy held and healed."
-Franklyn Sills