Amina Re, LMHC, LMT Santa Fe, New Mexico
Listen to yourself and in that quietude you may hear the voice of God. ~ Maya Angelou
We all have parts of ourselves that are hidden, shy or unconscious. These parts can try and get our attention in ways that disrupt our lives, either through physical disease or emotional and psychological stress. When we take the time and space to listen deeply to and respond to ourselves, to these “lost” parts, we can begin a process of integration, wholeness and greater sense of health.
Each individual session is a collaborative process between therapist and client. Sessions can involve: verbal processing, mindfulness and somatic awareness practices, movement, art, role play, and dream work, and bodywork.
Mindfulness and somatic awareness practices are used to help clients become more present and connected with their bodies. These are trauma-informed approaches that can help clients expand their capacity to feel and experience life more fully, without becoming overwhelmed with sensations or emotions.
Movement therapy is a mostly non-verbal direct way to process material. Movements can be viewed as metaphors for the ways in which one moves through the world. By discovering new ways of movement, one can affect change in their lives.
Art therapy processes subconscious and unconscious material. It can feel safer and more direct than traditional talk therapy. Solutions to problems can be worked out through creating imagery.
Cranial Sacral therapy is a form of bodywork that involves light touch that is mostly still and held for extended periods of time. Through this therapeutic touch and focused attention, clients can experience deeply relaxing states of being, similar to that of meditation. With skillful verbal facilitation from the practitioner, clients can access deeper truths within themselves. They can also experience greater integration between body, mind, and spirit.
The healing artwork I did with your guidance allowed me, truly, to have a deep “conversation” with myself — one without the confusion of words. It just happened this way, as I painted and mused over my painting.
Since then, I have the feeling that this art process is a channel for some of the feelings I have left unexamined, though not because I haven’t tried; rather, because they were not available in words. I now believe I can discover them in images — or rather through images. This is an uncanny process of reaching toward the canvas as I reach toward the feeling; this, despite the outcome, is my conversation.