As a synthesizing therapist, I work by synthesizing somatic therapies; trauma resolution; attachment science; neuroscience; epigenetics and generational focus, as well as mindfulness and spiritual traditions. In a webinar that aired October 2016, I heard the teacher say, "There has never been a more exciting time to be a synthesizing therapist" (Diane Poole Heller), and she showed a slide that included all six of the above windows into the human condition.
All I have to do is take a look at my bookshelf to know what motivates my work, but it is only in the past 18 years or so that the appearance of different topics, such as psychology, meditation and spiritual traditions, education and neuroscience, holistic nutrition, trauma healing, birth, death and legacy matters have appeared to me as windows, or facets of a single jewel, a coherent whole.
In 2006, I shelved my overlapping careers to simplify and synthesize my work path. Informed by my training and experience in therapeutic early childhood education, experience in counselling, experience teaching a form of mindfulness meditation, and early training in psychology and spiritual traditions, I began working with somatic therapies. I have since been synthesizing the work of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy; Somatic Experiencing (trauma healing work of Peter Levine); Pre & Perinatal, Birth & Attachment work (trauma healing and prevention).
All of the above approaches are grounded in studies of living anatomy and physiology. They are further explained by leading edge research in neuroscience, including studies in interpersonal neurobiology, which explores the neuroscience of how our nervous systems develop in relationship and how one person's nervous system state affects others, in the present and inter-generationally. Neuroscience has studied the powerful ability of consistent mindfulness practice to establish neural pathways and networks in the brain, a neural platform, that essentially supports a host of health benefits, including the capacity to reduce stress through self-regulation; supporting secure attachment; increasing our options and capacity for conscious choice even in the face of what psychologists call our compelling negativity bias (survival brain programming).