Meet Pamela

On My Bookshelf

 

Peter Levine, PhD

In an Unspoken Voice, How the Body Releases 

                  Trauma and Restores Goodness, 2010

Trauma and Memory, 2015

Trauma Proofing Your Kids, 2008

 

Dr Robert Scaer

The Trauma Spectrum: Hidden Wounds and Human

                  Resiliency, 2005

Eight Keys to Brain Body Balance, 2012

 

Donna Jackson Nakazawa

Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes

                  Your Biology and How You Can Heal, 2015

 

Dr Bessel van der Kolk

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in

                 the Healing of Trauma, 2014

 

Diane Poole Heller, PhD

Crash Course, A Self-healing Guide to Auto

                Accident Trauma & Recovery, 2001

 

Dr Jackie Gardener-Nix

The Mindfulness Solution to Pain, 2009

Staci Haines

Healing Sex: A Mind-Body Approach to Healing Sexual Trauma, 2007

Bruce D. Perry, MD & Oprah Winfrey

What Happened to You? 2021

Kimberly Ann Johnson

Call of the Wild: How we Heal Trauma, Awaken our      Own Power, and Use It for Good, 2021

Richard C Schwartz. PhD

No Bad Parts: Healing Trauma & Restoring Wholeness with the Internal Family Systems Model, 2021

 

My Story

Getting a whiplash injury a few years ago began a journey of personal healing and discovery for me. Through this process, I found a new world of learning about my body on both a scientific and experiential level. I learned that how my body and my brain function can be deeply transformed. I found that bodywork, along with relaxation, movement and mindfulness practices, gave me the capacity to relate with my life experiences in an entirely new way.

 

I discovered the benefits of receiving regular bodywork and using mindfulness and relaxation practices as part of the Associative Awareness Techniques program offered by a local physical therapist. I also began to include sitting meditation in my daily routine and found it deeply transformative.

 

My path soon led to massage therapy school, where I gained a foundation of knowledge about anatomy and physiology, and became fascinated with the leading-edge neuroscientific understanding of chronic pain and its treatment. In my own experience, I have found bodywork helpful for improving the symptoms of anxiety, as well as for alleviating pain.

 

In spring 2015, I began training in the Somatic Experiencing™ program for trauma healing (SE). I am especially passionate about using bodywork, along with the guided awareness and empathic communication methods of SE, to serve clients who are in the process of recovering from various types of traumatic life events. I completed the Somatic Experiencing Practitioner certification in October 2017.These skills greatly enhance my work. I also have a mindfulness teacher certification from the Mindfulness Exercises Institute

Along the way, I have trained in a number of other synergistic, body-centered approaches including Level I Transformative Touch at the Somatic Therapy Center in Philadelphia, and The Psychology of the Body continuing education course (text by Greene & Goodrich-Dunn, 2014.) Most recently, I completed an Internal Family Systems for Coaches training through the IFS Institute, and I have found this Somatic "parts" perspective very valuable in my work.