Susan Bauer, MFA, RSME/T
Registered Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist
Registry #100134 (RSME) and #107332 (RSMT)
Susan’s sessions offer an integrative somatic approach that helps you enhance your physical, mental, and emotional well-being to manifest your potential in your daily life.
This in-depth somatic inquiry process provides concrete avenues for you to:
- recognize and transform your limitations,
- develop your strengths, and
- gain practical tools for living a more embodied and vibrant life.
This process requires a deep commitment to self-awareness, an openness to honest assessment, and an aspiration for increased joy. Sessions may integrate Authentic Movement, somatic movement education, counseling, and mindfulness / meditation practices.
Susan’s unique approach supports your inherent wisdom and well-being, helping people of all ages and backgrounds to expand their lives in ways they have imagined for years, but hadn’t yet been able to attain.
What are individual sessions like?
Somatic Movement Education is based on some core principles and practices:
Principle: Begin from the present / clarify the present situation / look honestly at “now”
Practice: To understand your goals and concerns, we speak together about your particular reason(s) for seeking somatic movement sessions. You may also engage in some movement activities as part of this process to further assess your ‘starting point’ and clarify your goals for the subsequent sessions. Each session takes a similar responsive approach in relation to your own needs.
Principle: Provide an educational process geared toward self-empowerment
Practice: Sessions support personal insight and developmental change that is sustainable, leading to increased self-awareness and self-care. Sessions may include Authentic Movement, bodywork, movement repattering, dialogue, meditation, and journal writing and / or drawing.
Principle: Sessions are most effective when we honor the need for both activity and stillness, change and integration.
Practice: Through this process, you learn to consciously include time for integration of new material and new movement patterns. This helps you to physically and emotionally integrate these changes. Integration practices can range from a pause to ‘take in’ what has been said or done and see how it resonates in your body, to learning to make some time between sessions to process your experience: a walk in nature, journal writing, drawing, or even taking a hot bath may give you time to reflect. You may also be offered specific movement or meditation practices to do on your own that you can integrate into your daily routine. This helps to empower you toward greater self-care and allows for sustainable growth and change.
Schedules and Fees
After an initial inquiry session by phone or Skype, we will plan your schedule of sessions with a regular schedule of meetings on a monthly basis. You can decide how often you would like to meet, such as weekly or every other week. A minimum commitment of twice per month is required to ensure the level of consistent time needed for this in-depth process. Fees are based on a sliding-scale basis.
Phone and/or Skype sessions are available as an alternative for those outside the California area.
Scope of Practice and Referrals
As we continue to assess your needs, you may also receive referrals to other health care and mental health practitioners as needed. Somatic movement education is not meant as a diagnostic modality, so please note that a professional diagnosis will be required if you have a particular physical injury you would like to address as part of our work together.