Renee Jennings, MA MSW LCSW,
is a somatic and Gestalt therapist/trainer, energy practitioner, meditation teacher, mentor/consultant and writer with more than 25 years in the healing arts. She is especially interested in the integration of mysticism and embodiment in daily life and professional practice. Renee is Gestalt Cleveland faculty.
Patterns of our physical embodiment are revealed and expressed in our thinking, feeling, and lived histories. They are shaped through our interactions with the world, the places and spaces we inhabit, developmental contexts, and relational others. As body or character structure, these patterns become relatively fixed modes of being through which we both express and limit our evolving self and narrative. From a Gestalt perspective, these structures are creative adjustments that can be attended to and explored in the novelty of the present moment.
Deep within the heart lies the living energy of transformation. This energy radiates our true essence: a whole and multidimensional self. Individually and collectively, trauma and shame can thwart our best efforts toward wholeness and can have profound effects on the body and relationships. Modalities derived from epigenetics, neurobiology, and attachment and field theory can offer relief; however, emancipating the soul from trauma's grasp also requires spiritual medicine.