I have a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College and a Masters of Public Administration from American University. I am a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer and an Assistant Strength Coach at JDI Barbell in Long Island City. I serve on the Advisory Board of The Women's Strength Coalition.
My mission is to increase access to somatic-based treatment for women and genderqueer individuals living with trauma, anxiety, depression, and chronic pain, in order to help them restore healthy nervous system function, touch into their innate resilience, improve their quality of life, and begin to thrive.
I have firsthand experience seeing the effect of trauma on women whether it be in the gym or in their lives. Also, I am living with PTSD. In the winter of 2014-2015 I designed a holistic program to move my treatment forward when I began to struggle with chronic pain, injury cycle, and other physiological symptoms of trauma. Rather than use strength training to hide from my pain and fear, I trained in a way that accounted for how trauma impacted my posture, proprioception, nervous system, and mindset. I knew this would make me feel better on a daily basis.
Along with traditional talk therapy, this approach helped me to restore balance to my nervous system, allowed me to reconnect with others, and let me to safely experience how resilient I am, which meant that I began to feel better. This created a positive feedback loop and broke me out of my injury cycle.
As I pieced together a program suitable for myself, I found that practitioners who worked with the body (doctors, massage therapists, meditation teachers, and physical therapists) often did not fully understand how trauma impacted their clients. But a handful were willing to learn alongside me. I read quite a bit on my own and then began to seek out teachers, trainings, and certifications on somatic approaches to healing trauma. I kept applying what I was learning and I did not just feel better, I thrived.
Helping myself was not enough for me. I was frustrated that there was not enough trauma-informed coaching and training out there. In 2016 I decided to solve this problem by becoming a trauma-informed personal trainer dedicated to providing training to clients and continuing education to personal trainers and strength coaches.
American Red Cross Certified CPR and AED
Movement For Trauma 1 and 2 - Jane Clapp
Professional Somatic Experiencing Training and Certification (in progress) Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute
Advancements in the Treatment of Trauma - National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine
Frontiers in the Treatment of Trauma - National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine
JDI Barbell Internship Program - Jesse Irizarry at JDI Barbell
Pelvic Floor and Core - Susi Hately at Functional Synergy
Practical Strategies to Foster Post-Traumatic Growth - National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine
Resilient Movement Foundations - Resilient Performance Physical Therapy
Sound Body - Sound Mind - Tony Gentilcore and Lisa Lewis