“Tell me what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” — Mary Oliver
We sometimes feel the weight of our experiences as a burden too difficult to carry.
Some pain in our early or recent memory causes a deep wound. It may be the profound pain of trauma or abuse in its many forms, perhaps; or we may have experienced the crushing weight of neglect and abandonment. Whatever the experience, our buried inner core suffers a hurt that pushes us out of alignment with our whole selves. As storyteller and Jungian Analyst Clarissa Pinkola Estes describes it, we become people who have experienced the terrible pain and humiliation of not being cared for with a loving hand.
But as Carl Jung reminds us,
“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.”
As human beings, we are far more than mere compilations of our lived experience.
Healing is not only possible, it is inevitable. But how?
In holistic therapy, we use healing modalities that allow us to address the pain while holding on to the one simple truth that we are all whole and complete at all times. We are not our pain.
In my own practice, I use a number of specialized modalities that allow me to work with each client while bearing that principle in mind. In particular, I focus on:
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Imago Relationship Therapy
- Ericksonian Hypnosis
- Guided Visualization