November 1, 2018 through January 31, 2019
Three months learning and practicing how to soothe and regulate our sympathetic (fight/flight/freeze) nervous systems, connect to our boundaries, come into our bodies, find center and ground, and process and sit in uncomfortable emotions & sensations
Love letters, exercises, and stream of conscious writing prompts arriving in your inbox each week
Three live group calls (one per month)
Sliding scale pricing based on US Dollars
Option 1 :: Annual Household Income greater than $70,001 —> three monthly payments of $109
Option 2 :: Annual Household Income $40,001 up to $70,000 —> three monthly payments of $79
Option 3 :: Annual Household Income less than $40,000 —> three monthly payments of $49
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The winter holidays can be a challenging time for many of us. Not only is it that one time of year that we tend to see many far off relatives who may get under our skin, there is also the reality that it may be the one time of year when we miss those we have lost the most. It is a time of year that we are told we must be joyous and yet our own hearts are grieving in their own ways. We may be grieving for those we lost, for the life that never was, for what could have been but never came to be.
It is also a time that is usually filled with doing, doing, doing with no stopping to breathe and nourish and be. A time when we especially shove down our feelings of sadness and anger, of grief and rage. A time where we feel the extra pressure to simply smile and nod and get along in the name of peace. A time that can cause an extra amount of stress in our lives and on our systems.
For me, the holidays are always bittersweet. I miss my loved ones who have died or those who are no longer a part of my life, while also enjoying seeing the lights in my children’s eyes sparkle. We have all our little traditions during this time of year that keep us in the busy and doing and sometimes I forget to schedule in those days of nothing, of sitting at home being in our own space and minds. It is a time of year I am reminded of those who have chosen not to be a part of my life as well as those I have chosen to leave. It is a time of grieving the life I thought I wanted for myself and my children and of both grieving and rejoicing the life we actually have. It is a time of physical and emotional exhaustion. It is a time when I can find myself easily annoyed, irritated, and triggered.
It is the time of year that I really need to up my self care in the ways that are actually helpful.
Like, remembering to take a few moments here and there to soothe my nervous system.
Remembering to set boundaries and to say no.
Remembering to stay present in my body and to listen to her, her wants and needs.
Remembering to make space for grieving.
Remembering to create space for being without the do-do-doing.
And I know I am not alone in this.
So I am offering this three month circle around the (northern hemisphere winter) holiday season, to offer us the practical tools to help get us through this season while also finding the support of community in a space that will allow us to be however we are during this time.
I would be thrilled and honored if you joined us.
A little bit about me :: I am a licensed couples and family therapist associate in the state of Washington in the US. I specialize in grief and trauma (lived experience, ancestral, and cultural) using a variety of somatic and body-centered modalities. I deeply believe that we all need to find ways to calm our nervous systems and to lower the base-line of our activated systems in order to help relieve some of the symptoms of anxiety and depression that are rampant in our society. I also deeply believe that the personal is political, the Self is directly linked to the social, and the individual is affected by and affects the collective. If you’d like to learn more about me, you can read my About page here.
To learn more about what we will be exploring in this circle you can check out the essays and accompanying videos below
Boundaries, boundaries, boundaries! (coming October 11)
Stress, Grief, & Embodiment (coming October 18)
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Some things current and former group participants have said ::
I’ve continued to work with Gwynn over and over again for the vast knowledge that she brings to her circles of women, as well as for the kindness, compassion, insight, depth, and ability to be real and truthful that she holds forth in herself and advocates for in her clients. Gwynn is an amazing leader, a generator of ideas and inspiration, and a safe place to land on the hard days.
I love Gwynn, she is a compassionate and beautiful soul who is doing amazing work. Her writing prompts and videos have helped me to really dig deep, sort out, and heal, both mind, body and spirit.
[Gwynn] is a guide, a mentor, a cheerleader, a fact finder & a magic maker with a worthy bag of tools & tricks. All this with the feeling that you just sat at the kitchen table with the womenfolk drinking the wisdom of the ancients. –