Hello, I'm Emily.
I am a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, yoga teacher, and community educator.
I collaborate with clients to resolve symptoms of trauma and stress, become more embodied and self-regulated, and develop new ways of maintaining presence and peace. I love practicing yoga and Somatic Experiencing® (SE) because they:
are rooted in both modern science and ancient wisdom and practices,
view the mind-body-spirit as intrinsically holistic, interconnected, and interactive,
emphasize an empowerment-based approach to recovery, and
allow for the creative, dynamic, and often non-linear nature of healing to unfold.
I am a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner (SEP) with the Trauma Institute. I have trained in SE with Dr. Peter Levine, Lael Keen, Dave Berger, and Abi Blakeslee. I am on the Trauma Institute's Teaching Assistant team and assist SE trainings in Sacramento and Berkeley, CA. I completed the Full Embodiment: Healing Sexuality Trauma training with Ariel Giarretto and Tom Callanan. I offer one-on-one Somatic Experiencing® sessions at Elevate Wellness in South Lake Tahoe, California.
I also offer training in trauma-informed yoga and embodiment practices for healing to yoga teachers and mental health professionals, and facilitate community-based education on trauma, the nervous system, and self-regulation.
My love for embodiment practices began as an athlete and yoga practitioner. I have yoga to thank for alleviating my anxiety and healing my chronic back pain. I have practiced yoga since 2010. Since 2014, I have completed more than 700 hours of yoga teacher training in Raja-Hatha Yoga, Ayurveda, Yoga Nidra, Tantric Yoga, Yoga for Trauma, and Tibetan Heart Yoga. I have instructed over 2000 hours of yoga classes and trainings.
In 2013, I co-founded and served for five years as Co-Executive Director of Firefly Yoga International, a non-profit that offers trauma-informed yoga programs and teacher trainings. I designed and facilitated trauma-informed yoga programs and trainings for a variety of populations, including women who had experienced violence, veterans, teens, first responders, therapists, social workers, and the public. From 2014-2019 I led an accessible community yoga program for Alpine County Behavioral Health Services, serving seniors and individuals with mobility limitations.
I received my Master's in Public Health in International Health from Boston University School of Public Health in 2012. My earlier work in global health focused on designing and delivering public health programs in countries experiencing crisis and disaster. These programs reached sex workers, people living with HIV/AIDS, survivors of conflict and gender-based violence, and others.
When I'm not doing yoga or SE, you might find me painting, paddle boarding, or backpacking in the Sierra Nevada mountains I call home. I am also deeply invested in exploring my relationship to my white European and Jewish ancestry, and in unpacking my own privileges and contributions to systems of oppression.
I am excited and honored to share in this embodiment journey with you!
I acknowledge that I work and live on Washoe land that was never ceded.