The Nonverbal Voice:
Listening Into Experience
Angela Bigford, MA, LPC
Bilingual Somatic Counselor



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Behavioral Narrative

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Licensed Somatic Counselor, trained in Whole-Brained methods: 
    Expressive Therapies (Family Constellation work, Hakomi Experiential
    Therapy, SandPlay, & Play Therapy), EMDR, BrainSpotting, & Hypnosis for
    significant life experience recovery, and CBT & PSYCH-K ® core belief work -


Somatic Psychotherapy, working with the Behavioral Narrative:

My approach to therapy is based in Somatic Counseling Psychology, which recognizes that thoughts and emotions are necessarily intertwined with the body - internally through physiology (neurology in particular), and externally through physical actions that communicate when words do not.  In the ongoing interplay of unconscious dialog, I believe that there is nothing that is not voiced.  Whether or not it is heard, or even verbalized, is another question entirely.

Because 93% of communication is nonverbal, we're potentially missing the bulk of available interpersonal information with talk therapy alone.  That's why Somatic Psychotherapy, integrating body sensory experience and behavior awareness with mental-emotional exploration, is so effective.  The goal is not to just release what has been pent-up.  Instead, by providing methods to also slowly explore nonverbal expression, through experiential activities such as Play Therapy & Adolescent Therapy for children and adolescents as well as Constructivist Therapy for Partners & Individuals (all featuring the whole-brained methods noted above), it may be possible to uncover our hidden dialog.  With awareness, the Behavioral Narrative can then become a choice, permitting us to communicate in ways that may better serve.

 
Hebb's axiom of neuroscience
Neurons that fire together, wire together.

In other words, the more we behave in a particular way, firing a particular neuronal pathway, the more likely it is that the behavior becomes hardwired and therefore, habitual.  Thankfully, human beings remain adaptive and flexible, so it's possible to both learn and choose new behaviors throughout the lifespan.
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