There are so many ways to tell a journey. I am Faith, and my journey has been through story and symptom, dreams and inner adventure. I am an artist, musician, dancer, shamanic practitioner, and graduate student. I am currently studying Depth Psychology with an emphasis in Somatic Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute. It is my life purpose to question the mind-body split and facilitate new ways of relating to our body-soul-mind self.
I believe in the power of the individual to heal themselves. My intention is to give people resources to be empowered self-healers.
I have been called into healing through learning to survive and thrive amidst intense psychological, physical, and dream experience. As I child, I felt burdened by these experiences: I saw myself as weaker than others and an outcast from healthy society. But, I also developed a relationship of curiosity, creativity, and contemplation to these challenging dimensions of my body and psyche. This work provided the foundation of my current practice where I use the tools of contemporary shamanism, reiki, depth psychology, and somatics (literally means study of the body's inner experiences) to interpret symptoms as messages from the psyche and spirit. Through reflection and training, I have learned to see symptoms as an opportunity to create relationship with the self and the animated universe.
I approach healing from an animistic standpoint, which means I believe that all of material reality is infused with energy and soul. I understand all things to be in relationship to one another, everything in flow, in tandem with one another. No pain, joy, change, or stagnancy stands alone. I also consider Somatics to be an essential aspect of my practice, meaning I privilege the lived experience of the body. An essential aspect of wholeness is embodiment, a state of being where the mind, body, and spirit are in seamless balance and relationship. Though I work in the medium of energy, I strive to help my clients to integrate healing on a physical level through ritual, ceremony, sound, movement, and creativity. I am currently seeking certification as a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist, to integrate energetic re-patterning with movement re-patterning, for accelerated healing
In my practice, I connect clients to the messages of their psychological, physical, dream lives through witnessing, shifting energy, and storytelling. When we shift the energetic structure of a thought, a pattern of behavior, relationship, memory, illness, or trauma, we open the possibility of changing our embodied reality for the better. When we tell stories together, we use the magic of language to cement positive transformation.
Though I do not discriminate in my services, I feel called to witness and support those who seek to transform wounds from gender oppression, especially those in the female identified, queer, and trans communities.
I am a researcher, and focus on the relationship between the unconscious/spiritual aspects of experience and the physical. I am interested in autoimmune disease, chronic illness, disability, social justice, expressive arts, creativity, and ecopsychology.
I am including a link to a creative endeavors below. I use sound, movement, and image to explore psyche, the other-world, and numinous experience, more to come.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me, I look forward to getting to know you!