As a provider, what does it mean to embody the presence necessary for healing?
The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is a powerful tool that softens stuck somatic patterns of defense and builds neurological potential for orienting to environmental safety needed to sustain and enrich life. When you, as the provider, embody safety and support actions of connection, this new potential can become capacity, ability and tendency in the lives of your clients.
Rachel Lewis-Marlow is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC), Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist (LMBT), and director and co-founder of Embodied Recovery Institute. In the below Provider Spotlight webinar, Rachel will share suggestions on how to increase the effectiveness of SSP delivery by focusing on provider embodiment of safety, and the use of relational movements and near/far sense balance to support the emerging social engagement system.
Example questions that a provider can ask themselves to explore their own level of embodiment include:
- How much of my body is responding to the present moment versus something in the past or what I am anticipating may happen in the future?
- When I look at something in front of me, am I aware of my spine?
- Can I feel both my fingers and the texture of what my fingers are touching?
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About the Speaker
Rachel Lewis-Marlow (she/her) is the director and co-founder of the Embodied Recovery Institute, which offers experiential training for mental health and wellness providers in attachment-based, trauma-informed and somatically integrative approaches to recovery and healing. She is a somatically integrative psychotherapist, dually licensed in counseling and therapeutic massage and bodywork. She is a Certified Advanced Practitioner in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and has advanced training and 25+ years of experience in diverse somatic therapies, including craniosacral therapy, energetic osteopathy, oncology massage and aromatherapy.
Rachel has extensive experience as a teacher and presenter, focusing on accessing the body’s unique capacity to give voice to the subconscious, and to lay the foundation for healing and maintaining psychological and physical health. In her private practice in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Rachel specializes in working with people exploring recovery from trauma, eating disorders and dissociative disorders.