Somatic Coaching

My Professional Practice

Personal Sessions

I offer an initial free 25-mins consultation over the phone. This is an informal and friendly chat where we discuss what issues you feel you need support with. It’s also an opportunity for you to ask questions and for me to explain my approach. After the initial consultation you can decide if you’d like to make a first appointment. This can be can be in- person in Coleraine, or online – the choice is yours.

At that point we would discuss the frequency of the sessions and your goals. You decide how long your personal sessions last (short term or long term) and the pace of your progress.

My areas of expertise are:

• Anxiety
• Depression
• Fears
• Stress
• Grief
• Chronic Pain
• People Pleasing
• Procrastination
• Low self-esteem
• Confidence Building
• Career/Business Development

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Michelle Major

My Professional Approach

With over 10-years experiencing in private practice, my approach is humanistic and integrative, harnessing a combination of psychology, physiology, ethnology, biology, neuroscience and energy practices. Through this depth-based exploration of both the mind and the body we are able to access a fuller expression of who we really are and ultimately connect to ourselves & others more authentically. I strongly believe we all have access to innate strength, agency and inner-power irrespective of our blueprint, life experience, and trauma.

I guide clients to uncover their wisdom, untangle the parts that no longer serve them, and create space in the body which ultimately leads to more a conscious, vibrant life.

What you can expect:

I integrate five key elements into my personal sessions:

NLP Coaching

– I use a Neuro Linguistic lens (top down approach) to help you explore your thought patterns, the beliefs you hold about yourself, and the world around you. Talking about past events can help gain insight into the challenges you are facing today. We cannot separate the past from the present day. NLP can help bring a different perspective on our past and ultimately change the way the you think about things.  When exploring the spoken word, I will invite you to bring awareness to your body. Safely shifting between the cognitive story and our biological story is an important part of the process. This helps us get to the root cause of the issue.

NLP Coaching is also excellent for goal setting, creating a meaningful vision and ascertaining core values.

Somatic Awareness

– This bottom up approach includes the felt sense – bodily sensations. For many clients this can feel like learning a new language.  Our body has a voice which is constantly communicating to us through our feelings, emotions, sensations and gestures. When we attune to our somatic self we can access deeper wisdom and intuition. It also allows us to have more access to the unconscious. This is where we have greater ability to process trauma and chronic stress.

Therapeutic Touch

– With safe connection, consent and boundary setting, I can provide therapeutic touch to the feet, arms and back of the head. Touching into the nervous system can provide greater insights into our somatic self. We all need safe place to land and feel held.

Somatic Movement

– Like therapeutic touch, this is done with safe connection and boundary- setting.  During sessions some clients feel an impulse to move their body in certain ways. Often these powerful somatic movements have been dormant in our system for many years, waiting to be discovered and expressed. Following our impulses in certain situations in the past might not have been safe at the time so inhibiting our movement was the best form of protection at the time. Often these somatic movements help clients shift from helplessness to inner-power, allowing them to feel stronger and more courageous in their personal & professional lives.

Energy Practices

– I guide clients to tune into their own life-force energy through the process of contraction and expansion. Tracking your own unique rhythm of your nervous system can provide so many important insights. It can also help us release trauma energy which is sometimes stored in our system for many years. This energetic process is carried out slowly and gently so the nervous system can build capacity without overwhelm.

Finally, I integrate a systemic, anti-oppressive and inclusive lens to my practice. We cannot separate the cultural and societal structures from a trauma-lead practice.

My Professional Commitment

As part of my ongoing training in Somatic Experiencing, I am committed to my own extensive personal therapy and analysis. I have regular individual and group case consultations for my Somatic Experiencing practice and have regular supervision to hold my practice in integrity and within an ethical framework.

Professional Bodies, Memberships & Networks:

  • ANLP – Association of Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioners (Accredited Gold Standard Member)
  • Taireasach – Association of Somatic Experiencing® Practitioners in Ireland (Student Member)
  • Anti-Victim Blaming, Trauma Informed Network

Qualifications & Advanced Trainings:

  • 2001 – BA (Hons) Retail Distribution Management (2:1)
  • 2005 – Certificate in Counselling (1-year training)
  • 2005 – 2010 – Reiki Master/Teacher (5-year ongoing training)
  • 2010 – Certified Laughter Yoga Leader
  • 2010 – Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner (54-hours self-study |  56-hours in-person training | 52-hours additional in-person training)
  • 2012 – Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher (approx. 60-hours in-person training)
  • 2020 – Basic Principles of Somatic Experiencing® (Trauma Resolution Therapy) (16-hours in-person training)
  • 2021 – 2023 – Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner in training (Intermediate Year) SEI – (currently completed 108-hours of training)

Additional Trainings:

  • Chronic Pain & Trauma
  • Human Rights & Trauma
  • Attachment Styles
  • Restoring Relational Resilience
  • Breath work & the Nervous System
  • Money & the Nervous System
  • Domestic Violence
  • Somatic Experiencing® in Group Work Facilitation

Investment:

Individual sessions: £50 for 1-hour session

This type of therapeutic support takes time. We live in a culture that values instant gratification and ‘quick fixes’. Some coaches even suggest their model is ‘instant’ and ‘transformational’ after just one session. There are no quick fixes for the nervous system and trauma.

Trauma & chronic stress happens when a life event(s) are too fast, too much, and too overwhelming for us to process moment to moment. The trauma/stress energy gets stuck in the body. That’s why working at a pace that is gentle, slow and safe is essential.

Concessionary Rates:

I have a small number of spaces available on sliding scale for those who are unemployed, on a low income, and students. If you are concerned about your affordability, please send me an email at info@thesunshineproject.co.uk

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About your Coach…

MICHELLE’S STORY
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