I'm a NARM Practitioner and have worked as a group facilitator and coach since 2011. I'm currently finishing a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy with a specialization in Trauma. I also have certifications addressing Developmental Trauma, Grief & Recovery, Boundaries, and Body Image Resilience.
Prior to my work in mental health, I was a professional dancer and choreographer. Understanding the way our bodies move and carry lived experiences has always been fascinating to me. Movement art was my first education in how the body keeps the score.
Shortly after my career as a dancer I entered the birth world and deeply enjoyed helping families in pregnancy and sacred space as a birth and postpartum doula as well as a bereavment doula for families experiencing early loss. Birthwork was the start of my passion in supporting couples and women individually.
I utilize a somatic, emotional and relational approach called the NeuroAffective Relational Model(NARM) in my work. Witnessing clients in their process of discovery and rebirth feels equally sacred and transformative to witnessing a woman bring forth new life— In the coaching environment, she (along with Creator) is bringing forth her own life and claiming sovereignty. In this way I find there to be similarities between coaching and birthwork. I also find that most clients who are drawn to me are interested in a spiritual component (not necessarily religious) in this work. This is likely related to my two professional and grounding tenets, which are:
1) We are all part of something greater than ourselves.
2) We are meant to live a life of wholeness and purpose.
Wholeness, not perfection.
Purpose, not production.
Connection, not isolation.
If you are curious about this work, and how I utilize NARM, I invite you to reach out below and schedule a complimentary call. I'm always delighted to explore if we are a good fit to work together. If we find you have needs that would best be served by another clinician, I am happy to refer you or help you find other resources.
"The spontaneous movement in all of us is toward connection, health, and aliveness. No matter how withdrawn and isolated we have become, on the deepest level, just as a plant spontaneously moves toward sunlight, there is in each of us an impulse toward connection and healing." -Dr. Laurence Heller (creator of NARM)
I too believe that humans are wired with the impulse for connection and healing. When it comes to this work, I like to think of myself as a hiking companion. I support you in exploring the territory and coming home to yourself-- a self who feels free from societal pressures and protective behaviors that buried who you really are. A self who feels rooted and centered on who your Creator made you to be. And just like a flower, I trust that you will intuitively turn toward the light and heal in our sessions. It is a privilege for me to be in that space and to witness that unfolding.
Growing up in the desert of Arizona, I spent much of my childhood running among these cholla, saguaro cacti, paloverde trees, and creosote bushes. After a long desert rain, the hills explode with color. Grass pushes up between rocks. Cactus flowers bloom & face the sun. Scampering wildlife is everywhere you look. I am still struck by how rich and vibrant the desert is when given the water, light, and refreshment it needs. We, humans, are the same. When we receive the connection and emotional nourishment we yearn for; we too can flourish in ways thought impossible just hours before. I invite you to take this journey with me. Discover how exquisite life can be when we have support and grow through what we go through.
My focus is to help individuals explore their patterns with gentleness, experience resiliency, and become aware of their inner strengths. In doing so, clients are able to lay aside life patterns that were once adaptive, and protective, but are now no longer working for them.
I strive to provide a neutral safe container of compassion, listen to what you bring to the room, and meet you where you are. I utilize the NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) in our collaborative coaching relationship.
Emily Ruth | Trauma Clinician
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