Hello, I'm Emily.
I am a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner, yoga instructor, 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 have a deep love for somatic practices, like yoga and Somatic Experiencing® (SE), because they:
create a bridge between modern neuroscience and ancient wisdom;
view the mind-body-spirit as intrinsically whole, interconnected, and interactive;
emphasize an empowerment-based approach; and
allow for the non-linear nature of healing to unfold.
I strive to create a safe and non-judgmental space to allow for exploration, connection, and creativity on the path to healing. I facilitate sessions through a trauma-informed lens, offering clients total choice and control over their own experience.
I would describe my therapeutic and teaching style as playful, sensitive, and real.
My background and training
I am a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner (SEP) with the Trauma Institute. I serve on the Trauma Institute's Teaching Assistant team. I completed the Full Embodiment: Healing Sexuality Trauma training with Ariel Giarretto. I am currently training in Dynamic Attachment with Dr. Diane Poole Heller, a toolkit for healing early attachment wounds and forming healthy adult relationships.
I design and facilitate trainings in Embodiment, Regulation, and Resiliency for first responders, mental health professionals, clinicians, and yoga teachers. I have facilitated these trainings across California and Nevada. In 2013, I co-founded Firefly Yoga International, a non-profit that pioneered trauma-informed yoga programs and yoga teacher trainings across the United States.
I have taught and practiced yoga for over a decade. A lifelong learner, I continue to study Reiki, Ayurveda, and Tibetan Buddhism.
Before all this, I received my Master's in Public Health from Boston University School of Public Health. My work involved public health programming in humanitarian disasters in the USA and internationally. I also enjoyed several years in West Virginia, directing programs at a wilderness adventure and survival skills camp for homeless children.
For the first 18 years of my life, my family lived off-grid and off the land. With these roots, I have always nurtured a deep connection to the wild. The rugged mountains of Lake Tahoe have been my home since 2013. I spend a lot of time in the woods, and paddling on the lake.
I am excited and honored to share in this embodiment journey with you.