Tessa (she/they) is a strong advocate for trauma-informed care and she clearly centers this ethic in her practice. Striving to provide a safe space for all, she is always open to and deeply considerate of feedback related to safety, comfort, and accessibility. Tessa holds a BA in Psychology from The Evergreen State College; she integrates this education with her training in injury treatment/therapeutic massage by offering trauma-informed care, client education, opportunities for facilitated intention setting, guided self-awareness and reflection exercises, and through in session coaching support. Tessa became interested in studying the link between trauma and the body in 2017 after attending Bessel Van Der Kulk's Annual International Trauma Conference where she learned that trauma is rooted in the body. Tessa then became a licensed massage therapist and registered hypnotherapist with the WA State Department of Health in order to assist clients with hands-on therapeutic interventions for embodiment, reclamation, and release. Since then, Tessa has received education in Internal Family Systems therapy, Hakomi therapy, and Polarity therapy, as well as Polyvagal Theory, ethics, and non-ordinary states of consciousness. Tessa is passionate about social justice, mental health, and living in congruence with true self. Her work is informed by her experiences working within various models for community healing + resilience, including: restorative justice circles, open and closed group recovery programs, mediation , and social change advocacy and actions for equity and inclusion. Tessa hopes that her work will lesson the suffering of her clients by encouraging a spirit of total self- love + compassion by supporting the release of old tensions, stress, and pain in the body.
Yoga, Vipasana meditation, integrative bodywork, dancing, gardening, hiking, creek-play, EMDR, Non-Violent Communication [NVC], cooking SLOW [sustainable, local, organic, and whole], Internal Family Systems therapy [IFS], Hakomi, progressive muscle relaxation (yoga nidra), space + systems design, metalsmithing, ceramics, hypnotherapy, Recovery Dharma, sound healing, art therapy, community engagement, activism, music therapy, somatic movement, breathwork, affirmations, cognitive re-framing, savoring, time with family, plant medicines, and hydration.