Our biology houses and reflects our psychology. The body is the structure that remembers the past. It bares the simple truth. Bodies intimately and directly know what the mind edits and forgets. Minds selectively reconstruct, defend against, and distance from pain through elaborate interpretation and “storytelling.” Pain seeks our attention. Our emotional distress “speaks” through our physical distress; we hold physical pain to defend against anticipated emotional pain. Healing is not about fixing or “getting rid of” a body symptom. Rather, healing occurs naturally, as we release old ways of defending and behaving, as we develop a more conscious and intimate relationship to the body, and a more authentic relationship to life.
Elise artfully blends somatic and psychotherapeutic modalities, engaging and guiding clients in a dynamic interplay she calls SYNtegration Therapy. SYNtegration utilizes acupressure point and muscular releases, sensation awareness, body-centered dialogue, active imagination, and dreamwork; the effect is greater than the sum of its parts. The process leads to a new understanding and healthier relationship to one’s body and symptoms, resulting in a feeling of physical and psychological spaciousness; decreased discomfort and pain, and fresh directives for managing symptoms, addressing their roots; and a reorientation of one’s creative energy back into life.