Anna Whalen Anna Whalen

I was first exposed to therapeutic somatic work at a time when I was working in a garden. My job included starting seeds, planting, watering, weeding, and harvesting plants. I noticed how some plants were robust from the beginning, while others wilted early on. My boss told me that the secret remedy for all plants is to add more compost to the soil surrounding them. I observed fragile plants grow to bear fruit with this approach.

My philosophy is that we are like the plants in the garden—each of us grows from a seed that holds the totality of who we are in the fullness of our potential, and although some seedlings do not receive optimal care and nutrition, the creative potential inherent in them is never lost. My intention as a therapist is to be in relationship to the life force that organizes us and moves us towards healing and growth.

My approach to somatic psychotherapy is influenced by Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Pre- and Perinatal and Birth Therapy, Body-Mind Centering®, and non-dual spiritual practice.