Sandi Fontana, MA, LMFT, SEP
My work blends validation, practical change strategies, neuroscience, attachment psychology, and a wealth personal experience. I believe shifting maladaptive behaviors can promote enhanced wellbeing and increase the possibility for personal growth. I also believe we all have trauma stored in our bodies that can often show up as the emotional and physical pain and suffering we experience.
I have a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University and I am credentialed by Somatic Experiencing International®. I am also trained to teach yoga. I balance my work life with my yoga practice, SUP, and gardening. I am a proud parent of three amazing adult daughters who I am grateful to spend time with regularly.
Somatic Experiencing® might be right for you
There is a tremendous amount of energy that is mobilized during a stressful event. Most often after the event our nervous system releases any unused energy and recovers. However, if the energy remains stuck or unable to discharge, symptoms may result. Some people report being unable to sleep, feeling hyper vigilant, easily startled, and upset. If the trauma happened years ago clients may report more lasting or vague symptoms such as health issues or anxiety and stress related symptoms.
The good news is that these symptoms can be resolved. Somatic Experiencing® is a body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders. It is the life’s work of Dr. Peter A. Levine, a form of alternative therapy aimed at relieving symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental and physical-related trauma health problems.
“If we all did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.”