Hi, I’m Ana, Nervous System Specialist and Somatic Practitioner!
I help adults with trauma histories, specifically those who have experienced relationship, social or authoritarian oppression in their families of origin and/or have intergenerational trauma history stored in their bodies. I help people release their deepest traumas from their nervous system through polyvagal-informed education, practical somatic neurosensory modalities, and mindful support.
I am a member of Kinsey Institute Traumatic Stress Research Consortium at Indiana University.
This page will list my degrees and credentials later, but first I want this page to help you make an informed decision if we can “click” and also I want you to know who I am in my life and what is and what was my life, not just list the things I’ve accomplished.
What you probably want to know also is: do I know what I’m doing and, what inspires me to work with trauma survivors, i.e., sexual, physical, emotional abuse, child abuse, anxiety, depression, dysfunctional families, complicated relationships, cultural and social oppression, parenting anxiety. My degrees and credentials will answer the first part, though my work and experience are informed by what I’m about to share.
Would I be able to hold and understand your pain, suffering, and trauma and help you heal? And why share my story? Because I believe in transparency, because you want to know that there’s someone who can understand what you’re experiencing, who is very much alive. I share this because I lived it. I get it. I healed. And I can help.
In the session, we will not talk about me, but you have the right to know that we are equal in this life journey. Maybe different parts of the journey but always equal – always human.
Read my life journey
I grow up living with a person with a malignant narcissistic personality disorder.
I lived through 3 different wars from the age of 14 to 22, survived four open-space bombings and an execution attempt. I was trained to be an army sniper at the age of 14 (never active) and was a refugee for four years.
I moved and changed five high schools, five cities, and three countries within four years through mostly hostile environments during my adolescences years. I was sexually assaulted.
I was emotionally neglected by my immediate family. I have lived through the horror of war and gun violence but the silent family war and life in isolation, fear, and emotional abandonment was way more painful. I still care about and love my family of origin, knowing their own intergenerational trauma and pain.
The survival guilt, shame, and depressed anger of Holocaust survivors were intergenerationally transferred from grandparents survivors and further onto me.
Do you think I have the capacity to be able to understand your pain, trauma, oppression, and hold an honest and safe space for you? Do you think I believe in your deep healing, transformation, and growth? Absolutely, by all means, yes.
As someone who has lived a trauma-filled life, I want you to know that you are not alone, that you matter, no matter what you may be going through. Please remember, no trauma is ever small. No pain is ever small. No isolation is ever small. I will repeat this: No trauma is ever small, no pain is ever small, no isolation is ever small.
And please do not minimize or dismiss or let anyone minimize or dismiss your pain ever – especially if you are saying to yourself :” I had privileged life. My parents loved me. Who am I to complain about anything compare what someone else goes through? Who am I to say I have trauma?”. And you don’t need to go through wars, or be abused to experience trauma. Read more about ” Do I have trauma?”.
Also, I want to let you know that healing and growth beyond your ever imagined expectations are possible. Liberation from traumatizing patterns and attachments is possible. This is what is called Post Traumatic Growth. Life with content, peace, health, and pain free body, knowing your truth and owning your story without any shame, fear, and guilt with free inner expression is not only possible, but it is going to be our recovery goal the moment you step in my office.
How do I work?
Because I am a Trauma Survivor and a Thriver, I know the work and commitment it takes to heal, and I do my best to work with clients who are so fed up with being miserable that they’re willing to make necessary changes in their life. I can’t change you. You have to change you, you have to take responsibility for your life 100% – not me, but I will professionally guide you to heal yourself, supporting and educating you on your recovery and wellbeing journeys all the way in the proven modalities I am trained at.
And just so you know, I am not smile and nod practitioner who takes a lot of notes and is not talking or responding back to you. Although I do smile often, I will be rolling up my sleeves and diving into the trenches with you.
I serve not as an expert or someone with all the answers, but as a collaborative guide who values and deeply respects who my clients are and the wisdom and consciousness, they already have within.
I’ll honor precisely where you are in the moment while gently encouraging you to go out of your comfort zone (only when you’re ready). Through it all, I will meet you exactly where you are and support you in growing towards where you need to go.
Training and Education
I am a Somatic ( Nervous System) Trauma Recovery Practitioner. I hold an M.Sc. degree and further training and educational mentorship by:
Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner in training, Dr. Peter Levine (body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma, PTSD and other stress disorders). Learn More.
Compassionate Inquiry training, Dr. Gabor Mate ( mind body oriented approach to the healing of childhood trauma, adult trauma, PTSD and addiction ). Learn More.
Polyvagal Theory Informed Practice, Dr. Stephen Porges. Neuroscience and trauma brain recovery. Learn more.
Somatic Touch, Transforming Touch Therapist® ongoing, Transforming the Experience-Based Brain for Shock and Developmental Trauma, including inherited, conception trauma, utero trauma, birth trauma, and postnatal trauma. Learn more.
Somatic Attachment and Relationship Trauma Repairing through out Somatic Experiencing® and Neuroscience, DAREe
Inherited Family Trauma & Family Constellations and Ancestors Trauma Healing in Our Bodies
Internal Family System Coaching – IFS Institute, Dr. Richard Schwartz, Internal Family Systems
CBRT – Compassion-Based Resilience Teacher Training
Collective Intergenerational Trauma and Conscious Healing
MBAR – Mindfulness-Based Addiction and Relapse Recovery Teacher Training
CACCF- Nationally Certified Family Addiction Relapse & Recovery Coach
MAST-ER – Mindfulness and Stabilization Training for Emotional Resilience
What is essential for you is that I have tremendous life experience of healing from that deep place of isolation to become a fully-functional and thriving person along with my education and leading edge professional training in emotional trauma recovery. I am an advocate for Anti Oppression and Post Traumatic Growth, having witnessed the most powerful transformations and growth in trauma survivors.
I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In my free time, I run mindfulness meditation classes to cPTSD, trauma, and abuse survivors’ support groups. I am in a loving relationship with my husband for the past 19 years, and we have two teen boys.
And I will always be an advocate for Post Traumatic Growth and Thriving and give back my free time to communities and oppressed groups in need.