Seattle based and serving Washington State
hi there, i'm melissa
I am so glad you are here.
Welcome to my practice.
It is my passion to blend ancient philosophies of yoga and wellness with a modern understanding of anatomy, neurobiology, and trauma research. As we journey thorough life, our life imprints upon us. This happens naturally within the body via the senses and encodes into the body's memory, the nervous system. Sometimes creating habitual holding patterns in the body and/or distorted views of your current reality based off prior experiences. Especially if they were overwhelming, scary, or unpleasant. This is a normal reaction to an abnormal situation. Building awareness to these reactions creates choice, and, that choice belongs to you. By observing the stories we are telling ourselves to be true and how we are feeling in our body, we can create change in how we perceive the world around us. Releasing defenses that no longer serve our growth or current reality. It's not a matter of "what's wrong with you" but rather what has happened to you.
I am a certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) and a licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Washington. Receiving my Master of the Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Antioch University here in Seattle. Inspired by the depth of clinical research supporting yoga and mindfulness for healing the mind through the body, I completed a 200-hour Yoga Alliance approved Yoga Teacher Training in 2015 to incorporate yoga into my therapeutic approach. Additionally, I am certified in both Restorative and Yin Yoga. I believe in taking a holistic approach to the healing journey, sometimes talk therapy alone just isn't enough. The whole being - the physical, emotional, mental, interpersonal, and cognitive layers all deserve compassion and attention for their experiences. Bhramari Seattle provides holistic care to reclaim your wholeness.
Feelings of fear and worry can be overwhelming and eventually led to burnout. Sometimes, step one is re-remembering what a calm baseline feels like.
Insomnia and Fatigue
Prolonged states of stress and anxiety are debilitating and exhausting. Often creating a very busy mind and/or a very tired and body.
It can be lonely and isolating when you feel stuck or hopeless. You are not alone.
Post Trauma Symptoms
Experiencing symptoms such as racing thoughts, nightmares, increased heart rate, avoidance behavior, difficulty sleeping, being easily startled, or impaired cognition are common. Mild or severe, it can get better.
Every wound or loss to the soul needs to be honored in order to heal.
Navigating life transitions can be overwhelming, especially when they are sudden, unwelcome, or unexpected.
"Melissa is a warm-hearted, empathic, curious, and insightful clinician. Her practice combines Eastern and Western modalities and provides a unique opportunity for clients to understand, connect, and balance their physical, emotional, and mental health."
- Katherine Fort, Ph.D., LMHC
I look forward to hearing from you.
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
[may all beings everywhere be happy and free. And may my thoughts, words, and actions contribute in some way to the happiness and freedom for all.]