Q & A with Deb…
Briefly, tell us about your professional background and what sparked your interest in becoming a clinician.
The short answer, I’ve long had a passion for integrating and working with the mind and body…I just didn’t always know where it would take me or what it would look like. I have been a dancer and dance creator for most of my life. My undergraduate studies lead me to Recreational Therapy and working with health and healing. After a few years working in mental health and many years as a dance artist, I found my way back to graduate school in search of something that would integrate my passions for both working with people and working with the mind and body. I found somatic psychotherapy and dance/movement therapy.
How would you describe your philosophy or theory of practice?
I believe identity development and relationship to one’s body (sensation, feeling, emotions, thoughts) are important pieces to the complexity that makes up the whole. Every person is different…and everyone has a right to their wholeness. My underlying philosophy is rooted in a curiosity and openness to the complexity of you, the individual, as you relate to yourself, others and the environment. On a more theoretical frame – I work from a client-centered, trauma-informed, somatic and mindfulness-based lens. Social justice (power, privilege, and oppression) are an important piece to my work by recognizing systems of oppression and the ways they are part of an individual’s life story.
What would you like prospective clients to know about you prior to working with you?
That, Yes…I am a Dance/Movement Therapist and No, this does not mean we will be “dancing” (unless that’s something you are wanting to explore). For me, dance/movement therapy and somatic psychotherapy are a lens I work through to support clients in building a stronger relationship with their own bodies as it relates to their desire for change. It can look MANY different ways – from talk therapy to understanding why a person may hold tension in their shoulders. Developing awareness of the sensations that connect to one’s emotions is an important piece to the wholeness that makes you the person you are. Ultimately, I work in collaboration with you to find what makes the most sense.
What are you grateful for?
Have you ever experienced both grief and joy at the same time? Most recently I experience immense gratitude in feeling the connection between the two. One does not exist without the other. To fully feel my joy there is the knowing that it is impermanent…which means grief is always right there beside it. And to grieve is an act of acknowledging the love, attachment, connection, unspoken, and so on – which often connects to joy, whether through letting go of what is no longer needed or remembering what was. Grief and joy are intertwined with one another. I find that the more I am willing to allow them to co-exist…the more gratitude I experience for them both.
“Oh, the Places You’ll Go” Dr. Seuss
UPCOMING WORKSHOP FACILITATED BY DEB & GRIFFIN:
WHAT: Embodied Explorations of Consent
WHEN: Sunday, April 8th, 1-4PM
WHERE: Strength in Motion, 5277 Manhattan Circle, #250, Boulder, CO 80303