As an Integrative Wellness Practitioner, Austin believes each person responds uniquely to formats of well-being. Informed from both traditional and contemporary canons of healing practices, Austin intuitively assists her clients in effective and efficient emotional empowerment. Her practice and approach to healing is integrative and involves a synthesis of psychoanalytic tools, somatic integration and mindfulness techniques. By interweaving multiple therapeutic and coaching disciplines, the work consists of connecting mind to body in order to understand each individual's own distinctive "emotional blueprint."
This means understanding the how, why, where and with whom certain thought patterns, trauma and belief systems originated. Integrative Wellness guides clients in healing the neglected, unheard and protective past "parts" so they can use the energetic healing momentum to construct and compose a clearer and desired future. Focusing on authentic mind-body expression, the practice offers a safe and secure space for clients to access their innate wisdom and see their blind spots so they can show up fully in every aspect of their lives. When one can truly see themselves, they can be seen.
Versed in various healing modalities including: dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, coaching methodology, internal family systems, creative arts therapy, guided visualization and meditation practices, breathing and somatic work as well as nutrition, Austin graduated from Columbia University in New York and then trained in Art Therapy with the School of Visual Arts.
Upon receiving her certification in plant-based nutrition from Cornell University and her certified yoga teacher training hours, she then lived in France, Dubai, London, Santa Barbara, and New York- working in the private and public sectors. Working with all ages and stages of life, she assisted with the Coalition of Hispanic Family Services in New York, providing art therapy to children and families. She is also a court appointed advocate for at-risk youth and the foster care system with CASA in Santa Barbara.
Working with a global clientele, each session is individually tailored towards creating a more meaningful and supportive conversation with one's internal perception as it relates to their external situation. The ultimate goal being to establish solid and effective strategies to aid in self awareness, presence and interpersonal growth. Austin's style is holistic and empowering.
How does it work?
True and sustainable healing means accessing the "parts" of us that are stuck in a negative paradigm of the past and choosing to move towards our desires to create a life that integrates all "parts" of us into an empowered present and future Self. Integrative Wellness is a hybrid between traditional therapy methodology and coaching techniques. In the initial session, Austin looks at each area of her client's life: health (mind and body), relationships, creative outlets, family and professional aspirations and then generates a tailored approach and plan for her client's healing process.
We need to understand the past within our present moment in order to navigate the future and relationships we want to cultivate. The key is conscious awareness of how we speak, move, relate and interact with our reality. Integrative Wellness accesses all aspects of our lives- including the language we use, the food we eat, the relationships we choose, the movements we make, the emotional holdings in our body, the thoughts we think and the choices we make.
Emotional vulnerability access is key. Austin carefully helps clients witness their protective layers (parts) and what lies underneath them using somatic and cognitive tools. As the relationship dives deeper, the work encourages each client to understand their behavioral "parts" and patterning. With this awareness, one can leave the drama triangle holding patterns and then align in their chosen future trajectory.
Austin provides a safe and inviting space in order for her clients to feel comfortable and accepted as who and where they are in life. With curiosity and willingness to do the work, clients begin to experience and understand genuine versions of themselves as well as their desires and needs. This leads to better internal and external relationships.
When people learn to communicate effectively and not defensively, there is an appropriate response of energy and the level of emotional intimacy and presence is increased. As a person becomes present, acceptance arrives and anxiety dissipates. When a person feels accepted and present, joy and happiness ensues. That is when change and growth occurs.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Most people experience deep-rooted pain and patterning resulting from early experiences. People then adapt their feelings, desires, and needs into what they think will help them “survive.” This affects a person’s ability to relate to others and themselves. Deep-seated fears and coping strategies are a driving force within many people’s personalities and experiences of the world. With guidance, understanding and the right tools, one can explore those fears and triggers and learn effective ways to communicate and address unmet needs, in order to ultimately feel more acceptance of themselves and others.
When you transform the relationship with yourself, the world you experience is then transformed.