How we live inside our bodies is a map towards how we live inside our souls. Our bodies hold memory, imagination, history, and dreams. How we sit, stand and walk are not just functional movements, they are representations of our thoughts, feelings, behavior, internal sensations and how we construct meaning in the world. To become embodied is not a light switch, rather it is a rheostat and points to an on-going process of deepening our somatic...Read More
So what I have noticed consistently by witnessing people explore in their body are two things, hesitancy and risk. Neither are good or bad, it just depends on the moment and how we are feeling. Perhaps today you feel like reaching out to someone, a stranger, a neighbor, the person standing next to you at the grocery store, the coffee bar, why not give it a go? Put yourself out there a moment and take a risk. Let’s be honest here, we all...Read More
Most of us have an insidious little voice inside that likes to criticize and make judgments about the quality and outcome of what we do or don’t do. I like to call this voice the Inner Critic or the Inner Judge. Take your pick. If you were to sit down with a piece of paper, yes! you can even do this now and draw a circle and imagine that circle was the dinner table of your psyche, who would be sitting down for the afternoon meal? Hopefully,...Read More
Wendy Elliott was recommended to me by a friend. I am a singer/songwriter and drummer plus full time mom with a tendency to put everything before my self. The daily juggle of the mothering task often combats or inhibits the other worldly plane of existence I must be in in order to make art. It’s a crazy combination of forces and I knew I needed an artistic and creative therapist to help me hold my own artistic process in as much esteem as my mothering duties-in fact I needed to marry the…
At an uncertain period in my painting, when I was returning to work as a full time artist, I invited Wendy Elliot to conduct several sessions for me in the studio wherein I would work to identify and develop the questions and processes that were moving my painting. We would also investigate my history as an artist and the impulses that had previously both advanced and hindered the work. The sessions were deeply helpful and Wendy is unrelenting in her ability to deepen and pursue the questions.
My work with Wendy Elliott proved to be a pivotal gateway in my personal and professional life. The therapy helped me navigate through my own inner world using body awareness. The brilliance of this approach cannot be overestimated. Through it I gained clarity, self-confidence and a renewed sense of identity. These foundational changes have energized every aspect of my now successful and fulfilling life.
Working with Wendy enabled me to start finding my creative home.
I am thankful for the time Wendy spent getting to know me and helping me figure out how to find the strength to be myself while juggling the demands of being a new mom, a wife, a daughter, among other roles. Wendy’s perception of how I fell and experience emotions through my body has made me more aware of how I experience life and helped me to step back and be more present/ still during joyful and painful moments. I am stronger and calmer as a result of our work together.
Growing up in the abusive environment I grew up in, I don’t know where I’d be today if it weren’t for Wendy’s guidance. She is kind, caring, patient, and true. She gave me the courage and self empowerment I needed to grow as a person. She showed me the way to independence and self-love. Having Wendy as a therapist was the greatest gift life could have ever given to me.
Wendy’s commitment to the present, her listening skills and her respect as a witness helped me unveil new fearless creative moments. I am deeply grateful to Wendy because she has been a sound presence while I have journeyed around my own mysteries.