Frequently asked questions
about FLOW and the work I practice.
What should I expect?
Seriously though, we will begin with a conversation as I listen, watch, and intuit as you share your story. Sometimes we will progress into standing work where we’ll explore how the story is being held in your posture… how you have been carrying yourself in the world. I may make micro adjustments as you continue to tune in.
We will then progress from there based on what arises… sometimes into work on the table or the floor.
FYI: As we come into our body, emotions often run high. Tears often flow. We go into the fray to release what’s there, because what’s there is clouding the present moment.
And because what’s on the other side just feels so good.
HOW LONG DO SESSIONS LAST?
Flow sessions run between 90 minutes and two hours, depending on what we are working on. It takes time to reach the deepest layers, which is why the typical 50 minute therapy session is necessarily limited in scope and effectiveness.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Please wear or bring loose fitting clothing and pants or shorts. I will ask you to remove your shoes and socks so please take that into account. Also, jewelry and belts may be removed for safety and energy flow.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE CONSULTATION?
You may notice some emotional and physical symptoms as your body integrates what we did. This is normal. I'll send you some tips for working with what shows up.
HOW LONG BEFORE I'LL SEE RESULTS?
Most notice at least some relief right away. Even hope brings some relief.
Sometimes, as we 'stir' things up, there can be an intensity during the integration process, which soon passes.
The more longer lasting results generally show up in a month or two.
HOW LONG DO YOU GENERALLY WORK WITH CLIENTS?
3 - 6 months to lay the foundations. During that time you'll experience profound healing around your core issues. Some clients choose to continue. We can reassess at various points during the journey, and discuss that as it arises. There are options for continual work or check-ins.
IS THIS THE SAME AS SOMATIC PSYCHOLOGY?
People who have worked with Somatic Psychologists tell me that there are some similarities but generally, no… this is a more hands on, intuitive approach and the results can be more direct, so the healing response time shortens.
IS WHAT YOU DO LIKE MASSAGE?
Not really. Though there is some body work and postural adjustment, the main aim is to discover and release the emotional root of chronic conditions. Similarly, it is not like physical therapy, though some adjustments might seem familiar.
Also, I will continually remain in dialogue with you to make sense of what is arising. Also, all of my sessions are completed with clothing on.
ARE YOU A LIFE COACH?
'Life coach' is such a broad term, it doesn't have much weight. There are a thousand modalities and they all flourish under the 'life coach' title. I'm a somatic life enhancement expert, so if you're looking to make changes in your life and release disempowering patterns, my work will have a huge impact on you.
WHAT MODALITY DO YOU USE?
I use tools that I’ve gathered from various practitioners, trainings, books and life experience to approach your issue from various angles at once. I use the concept of ‘embodiment’ to help you directly experience where you are stuck, and to help you release and experience the release. I call this Flow Healing ™. It is more direct and hands on than EMDR, Peter Levine's Trauma Healing Therapy, EFT, and TRE, so the results are more profound and lasting (in my experience). Though I recommend those modalities when you need to do some work on yourself, perhaps without a practitioner.
ARE THERE OTHER PRACTITIONERS THAT DO THE SAME TYPE OF WORK AS YOU?
Not that I know of. There are some that do parts of what I do, and none that do the whole thing. If you meet any, please introduce me.
DO YOU USE ESSENTIAL OILS, FLOWER ESSENCES, OR HERBS?
Not currently, though they can be valuable. Herbs, essential oils, and flower essences work on subtle vibrational levels. We are going to re-frame your whole life experience by deepening your connection to yourself and others.
HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE?
I generally work with clients through custom proposals. This is a flat fee for a timeline of work together on set objectives. In this model, I don't charge hourly or per session. You should not have to make a financial consideration every time we meet for support. This allows me to put more time and energy into your unique case to create more comprehensive solutions. And it ensures commitment on both our parts so that I can support you during times of integration, even when it is difficult to ask for support. It gives us time and space to integrate your deep psychological and physical shifts.
These are unique features of my practice, and one of the reasons you and I will be able to co-create such staggering results.
DO YOU ACCEPT HEALTH INSURANCE?
Not at this time.
WHAT IS TRAUMA?
I use the word “trauma” throughout my writings. Some people have associations with trauma being a major thing. The magnitude of the event does not matter so much as the way your body has reacted to it. A pet dying could be traumatic, for instance, or an emotionally harsh word.
If anything is blocking your experiencing of the resent moment, what I write and say about “trauma” can be applied to that as well.
CAN YOU HELP ME?
I don’t know yet. However, as you meander through my site, if your body reacts, that is a good sign. Our body knows more than we do. I will show you how to TRUST this process. There are so many factors that influence what you may experience, that it is somewhat difficult to say.
As a general guideline, the more ready you are (at an unconscious level), the deeper healing you will experience.
DO THE RESULTS LAST?
After the shifts, which occur on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level, it is impossible to experience the world in exactly the same way again. That being said, we can choose to slip back into old patterns, as a way to cling to what is ‘familiar’ and ‘comfortable.’ Flow Programs are designed to condition the ‘openings’ so that they are sustainable. People often write me years later saying how profoundly the work changed their life direction.
DOES IT MATTER WHAT MY SPIRITUAL BELIEFS ARE?
Not really. We will work with whatever arises, and remain open to however it decides to show up. Though the more open you are to what shows up, the more you will experience.
ARE YOU A HEALER?
I reconnect you to your body, and help you regather your scattered energy so you can heal. Healing is a natural process. I will support you in getting out of the way of that process.
IS YOUR WORK CONFIDENTIAL?
Yes. I will never share what happens in a session without your permission. That being said, the most powerful testimonials come attached to the face and name of a real person, so if you are open to allowing me to post your testimonial on my website with your picture and real name, that can be tremendously valuable in spreading the work.
Also, for educational purposes, I sometimes refer to what happens in sessions in writings. If I do I will change names and situations for confidentiality and simplify for clarity.
WILL IT HURT?
I may touch your body with varying degrees of pressure, and some points may be tender. As we connect these to emotions, you may experience uncomfortable emotions. There are emotions that your body has been holding on to, and once they are experienced, the body and mind let go, and you’ll feel so much lighter.
IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO BEFORE WE MEET TO SPEED UP THE PROCESS?
If you want to learn more about me, my story, and some guidelines, you can read my books, available here, a few are also available for Kindle and in print on Amazon. (You can read kindle books on any device by downloading the kindle app).
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
After 10 years in the Bay Area of California, I relocated to Sarasota, Florida in 2018. So you may see references to California in some posts, writings, etc.
WHERE WILL WE MEET?
I meet clients at their home or workspace in the Sarasota Florida area and beyond.
Certain processes and integrations may be done via phone and Skype.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO NOW?
You may notice resistance and possibly excitement showing up in various ways.
If you move through all of that and follow through, and make it to your consultation, your breakthrough is on the way.
Welcome to the beauty of moving forward.
Love and Flow,