Somatic, narrative, nature-based (meet clients outside in nature)
I offer at a minimum 3, one hour integration sessions or The Makaranda Method.
The Makaranda Method is a 10-week intensive nature-therapy method. We meet one hour a week, for 10 weeks. Makaranda means "nectar" in Sanskrit. We explore the "nectar of life" by addressing clients relationships to their mindset, movement, nutrition and nature.
The Makaranda Method broken down --
Session 1 and 2 : We get to know each other and I teach some basic skills that we will refer to throughout our work together.
Sessions 3 and 4 : We discuss your mindset. What stories you are caught in and tell about yourself over and over that either help or hider your growth? I use lots of Narrative Therapy techniques during this part of the work.
Sessions 5 and 6 : We look at your relationship to movement. I really like for these sessions to be walk and talk sessions, where we get our bodies literally moving. This way, we aren't just "talking" about movement but actually feeling the movement experientially in our bodies. I use a lot of somatic therapy techniques to achieve this.
Session 7 and 8 : I give you a book called, The Conscious Cleanse by Jo Schaalman & Julie Pelaez. I ask that you read the book. Then either decide to do that particular cleanse or most simply to take gluten, dairy, processed sugar, alcohol and caffeine out of your diet for 2 weeks. Food is medicine and this cleanse shines such a beautiful light on this.
Sessions 9 and 10 : This is the last part of the method where we actually go into the mountains of Colorado and move very slowly, intentionally through nature. When the weather is appropriate, we often take our shoes off and walk barefoot to really feel the Earth. Gaia is our sanctuary, our grounding, our place to find true presence. We bring binoculars, a bird book and do not do as much talking as the other sessions. This is slow and thoughtful, practicing mindfulness with each step by tuning into our scenes.