Mowie Freeman, she/her
I've always been drawn to deep listening-- to slowing down and really making room for what is present. I find that being with folks in their learnings, unlearnings, and tender healing can feel like the most sacred and necessary of things.
I'm a somatic, relational therapist-- which means that the bedrock of my therapy work is including embodiment and relational awareness in all that I do. I am also deeply interested in the ways in which we can tap into our nervous system's immense power for healing, regulating, and supporting us emerging from chronic patterns of being in states of fight/flight/freeze. I weave nervous system regulation work into my sessions with folks when that is supportive.
I am deeply committed to anti-racism work and to the continual work of unlearning my own social conditioning. I'm committed to practicing with an anti-oppression framework, recognizing the impact of larger social systems on your experience, and making space to notice where dynamics of privilege, oppression, and power are shaping.
Mindfulness and meditation are central and sustaining practices in my life. When I am not at work, I am often out in the woods, making music, or in the dirt growing veggies.
Training and Experience
In addition to my background in Psychodynamic therapy, I have extensive training in Gestalt therapy-- a form of somatic therapy that pays particular attention to your embodied experience, the therapeutic relationship as a site of information and healing, and what is happening for you in the present moment ie: mindfulness.
I am also trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), a form of trauma therapy. I typically will integrate EMDR as one aspect of my work with folks, rather than doing exclusive EMDR work.
I am a certified Mindfulness Meditation teacher and have trained with La Sarmiento, Tara Brach, and Jack Kornfield, among others. I completed the two-year, Mindfulness and Meditation Teacher Certification Program through the UC Berkely Greater Good Science Center in early 2023, and have previously facilitated introductory mindfulness classes and offered spiritual nurturing support.
I have particular experience supporting folks navigating stress and anxiety, relational difficulties, chronic illness, panic and activation in the body, obsessive compulsive patternings (OCD), spiritual questioning, and grief and loss.
2023 - 2024
-In process of completing Internal Family Systems Level 1 Certification training with the Internal Family Systems Institute
-Completed EMDR training with the Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP) and completed required accompanying supervision
2021 - 2023
-Completed the Mindfulness Meditation
Teacher Certification Program (MMTCP) through the UC Berkely Greater Good Science Center to become
a certified Mindfulness and Meditation Teacher under the guidance of the program's head teachers Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield
2020 - 2021
-Was selected as a Supervisor for the GTIP program for the 2020-21 academic year, providing clinical feedback and direction to students during monthly practicum sessions
2017 - 2020
-Completed the 3-year Gestalt therapy certificate training with the Gestalt Training Institute of Philadelphia (GTIP)