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formerly the Center for Sensorial Bodywork and Movement Therapy

*Definition: Extimacy - a Lacanian term disrupting the space between the personal and the social.

The (counter)investment in the body as a site of need, desire, and pleasure and the constancy of unmet needs, repressed desires, and the shortcomings of pleasure are articulated in the very endeavor to heal the flesh and redress the pained body. 

Saidiya Hartman

Overall, I am asking whether there exists freedom (not necessarily as a commonsensically positive category, but as a way to think what it makes possible) in this pain that most definitely cannot be reduced to mere recognition based on the alleviation of injury or redressed by the laws of the liberal state, and if said freedom might lead to other forms of emancipation, which can be imagined but not (yet) described.

Alexander Weheliye

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Virtual sessions are 55 minutes. Please call for rate. Sliding scale options, when available.

What to expect in a virtual session:

Virtual sessions combine tools from Kathy’s Kain’s Somatic Practice, sensorial attunement practices from the Danis Bois Method, Somatic Experiencing® (SE™), and my socio-historical, embodied approach to holding space in the therapeutic encounter. This cumulative approach offers a framework for sensing into where a person feels unmet or overwhelmed, be it at the level of one’s narrative descriptions of self, community, and the world, or via the ways in which one’s body reacts to stress and injustices in the environment, past or present.  Sessions can be described as a practice in deep, relational listening, facilitated by pausing at intervals for slowing down and tracking unmet emotional and body states that inhibit the experience or awareness of one’s potentiality and sense of belonging. The intention is to cultivate resilience through body-centered and emotional regulation, as well as embodied cognition, so that one’s physiology and experiences of belonging can support nuanced capacity to emotionally and physically expand and contract in alignment with the context at hand.   

Underscoring all sessions is a socio-historical, trauma-focused approach.  This approach engages the whole person, meaning equal attention is given to individual/familial experiences and the broader socio-historical worlds in which individual/familial experiences are lived, collectively and intergenerationally.  ‘Socio-historical worlds’ refers to unrecognized and non-repaired historic events and specifically the social trauma responses to such non-repaired events: imperial conquest; violent land dispossession; slavery; colonialism; genocide; forced and voluntary migrations and refugee phenomena; indenturement; cultural and institutional enforcements of binary sex and gender normatively; cultural, institutional and national practices of racialization and ethnicization; cultural and institutional practices of ability normatively; loss of citizenship and community from geo-political border shifting; and war and environmental crises.  The intention is to not separate, dehistoricize or hierarchize individual/familial experience from the broader social-historical events and material consequences in which current life is culturally and legally situated; rather, the approach is to understand how they equally impact every human’s day-to-day life experiences.