Where to begin? Marcela has been a support for me during major transitions, and she has been instrumental in helping my body and soul open to healing and change. Marcela offers wisdom and knowledge with a gentle, compassionate, and insightful conviction. She listens intently and catches deep messages, often unspoken but alive beneath consciousness and embodied.
Repeated sessions with Marcela have helped me address pain, constrictive patterns, and hormonal issues (amenorrhea – lack of menstrual cycles) related to years of physical health trauma, fear, and withdrawal from the fullness of life. She uses Somatic Experiencing and Touch in her work, as well as spoken exploration, in a container of safety and love while also incorporating formal training, structure, and professionalism. In one session, Marcela guided me as I worked to release holding patterns in my body and fear and shame related to womanhood… her work with me allowed for insight and for freedom of body movements and my voice as – tears streaming down my face – I gave myself permission to feel and “reclaim my feminine power.”
The next day, my body clearly felt safe enough to respond… and I had my first natural menstrual cycle after 9 years of amenorrhea! At first I was in shock; then I wept in relief and allowed my soul to release its grip… as if I had been holding my breath for years, just waiting, and Marcela had helped open the space to let my whole self breathe. Along with other therapeutic work, psychological exploration, and community involvement, this session with Marcela was a catalyst in my healing journey – a vital, strong thread in a complex tapestry of transformation. Thank you, Marcela, for your constant curiosity and desire to learn more and serve with a unique, profound presence. I am immensely grateful, and I am confident that your work with others will continue to have meaningful impact.
The effects of trauma and stress can be overwhelming for our body. The results can be our inability to relax, our digestive system gets disrupted, we lose our sense of well-being and vitality. We feel burdened, burned out or disconnected. We get stuck in a chronic stress response.
Our body has a natural ability to heal. With the right tools, we can guide our nervous system back to its natural regulation and enhance its capacity for coherence.
I am trained in Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Therapy and Organic Intellingence®. Both those methods are designed to work with the effects of overwhelming stress, trauma and PTSD. They work with the nervous system, teaching the system to relax again and guiding the process of restoring its healthy functioning so we can connect with our own aliveness.
When traumatic event occurred, our body started a self-protective response that wasn’t able to complete. It was either too much, we were too young, or it happened too fast. Traumatic responses are the way our body protects itself from overwhelming sitaution. Incomplete self-protective responses need to be completed in the body.
Transformation comes from accessing small pieces of the original experience and working through them so our system can integrate them and reset to the original base of rest and relaxation.
SE® and OI® works with it through accessing sensations, emotions, images, behavior, and impulses in the body connected to trauma. It is designed to work with traumatic experiences gradually so they won’t become overwhelming.
The Inner Journey