Meet The Village

We are a passionate group of somatic healing professionals dedicated to your journey towards holistic health and well-being. Each person below brings a unique blend of expertise, empathy, and experience. We're excited to introduce ourselves and look forward to being a part of your journey. We will be assisting Paula in her sound healing journeys and offering workshops through this community. Feel free to click on our links to learn more about us.

Lotty Ackerman Mayer

Lotty Ackerman Mayer would like to contribute towards a more equitable world where we all belong. This includes honoring the interconnection of all life and Earth, inviting non-linear possibilities and soul-full, heart-full connections.

In this journey, Lotty has been exploring both modern science and ancient wisdoms towards our individual, ancestral and collective healing. Lotty has a background in Somatic Experiencing, energy healing with Reiki and shamanic frameworks, in-depth trainings in Interpersonal Neurobiology and parts work, exploring archetypes with sandtray work, sound healing with Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP), as well as EMDR.

Lotty has experience supporting survivors of trauma and people wanting to connect with embodiment, self-awareness, and their authentic self. Lotty is originally from Venezuela and uses pronouns she/her or they/them.

For more information about Lotty, please visit https://earthskyhearthealing.com

Becca Clegg, LPC, CEDS-S

Becca Clegg, LPC, CEDS-S (she/her) is a somatic therapist dedicated to guiding individuals on their journey towards reclamation of their authentic self. With her understanding of how trauma affects the nervous system, Becca has made it her mission to help others reclaim their connection to their bodies + tap into their own innate healing abilities.

Becca has trained in various somatic healing modalities, such as Embodied Recovery, Transformative Touch, Neuroaffective Touch, Hypnotherapy, IFS and SSP. Becca combines these practices to create a safe and effective way of using sensory awareness to guide clients through their inner world, allowing them to meet and befriend their wounded ‘parts’, so they can move beyond old patterns of defense and experience themselves as whole, authentic, and aligned.

For more information about Becca, you can visit her website at https://rebeccaclegg.com.

Meryl Fields, LCSW, SEP

Meryl Fields (she/her) offers a body-centered, holistic approach to healing that is influenced by her trainings in Somatic Experiencing, Embodied Recovery, Safe and Sound Protocol, energy healing, psychotherapy, and movement based practices. With over 25 years of experience, she supports individuals who are seeking more grounded embodiment, and a deeper connection to themselves and the world around them.

For more information about Meryl, you can visit her website at https://www.merylfieldslcsw.com/

Leslie Rhyne

Leslie Rhyne's (she/her) life work has been oriented towards accessing a deeper understanding of herself and the world around her. Currently, Leslie’s work is oriented to accessing and working from the subtle energy body through mindful breath-work and awareness of subtle bodily sensations.

Since 2009, Leslie has taught various aspects of the 8-limbed yogic path. She is a licensed massage and bodywork therapist with additional training in polarity therapy. She is also trained in somatic therapy and internal family systems approaches which she uses as a licensed clinical social worker. Through these different modalities, Leslie has gained a unique and intricate sense of the mind, body, and soul connection. Through this work, Leslie hopes to help others feel and reestablish relationship with the layered ways we are calling to ourselves.

For more information about Leslie, you can visit her website at https://www.originalstatehealing.yoga

Dr. Marian Miller

Dr Marian Miller (she/her) is a solar eclipse chaser with a love for surfing, snorkeling, hiking and gardening. She integrates ritual and connection with nature to assist clients in the creation of safe and sacred space.

Dr Miller is trained in many modalities that resolve human nervous system overload. At the age of 24 she trained in Transcendental Meditation and has sustained a daily meditation practice since that time. Dr Miller has engaged in healing modalities such as holotropic breath work by Dr Stanislav Grof and other nature based treatments. Currently she is focusing on shifting from the mind into the heart using methods such as Reiki and Sound Healing (SSP) to support individual and collective change. Dr Miller is in private practice in Kailua O’ahu as a Clinical Psychologist and Marriage and Family Therapist, certified in Brainspotting & the Safe and Sound Protocol. She brings over 30 years of experience to the healing profession.

You may read more about her work at https://www.drmarianmiller.com/

Catherine Bruns

Catherine Bruns (she/her) helps women integrate a balanced and authentic relationship with themselves, their communities, and their environments.

For Catherine, an authentic relationship with yourself feels like being at home in yourself and the world. It includes having good boundaries, and choosing the right people, places and items to fit with your inner truth.

After years of private practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist, specializing in womens' issues and relationships, Catherine retired in 2022 to travel and nourish herself and her relationships. Today, She is exploring the integration of The Safe and Sound Protocol with energy practices such as Reiki.

Alison Cross

Alison Cross (she/her) is a LCMHC and CEDS-S trained in Embodied Recovery, Internal Family Systems, and Safe and Sound Protocol. Gathering together individually or in a group with intention creates a sacred and grounded space for healing and connection. From this place together we cultivate the warmth of "enoughness" and self-energy to explore and reach into the fluidity of our own bodies' nervous system experiences for understanding.

Alison enjoys holding space for folks to explore safely their somatic experiences and thought processes. Seeing them embrace a deeper awareness of their authentic selves brings joy, hope, and possibility for everyone involved.

For more information on Alison, visit her website at: https://www.bodybeautybravery.com/

Jenna Little

Jenna Little (she/her) is a Somatic Therapist, trauma informed Yoga Teacher and Registered Dietitian who has a passion for integrative and holistic healing. She blends many modalities for a unique embodied healing process that supports and empowers clients to come home to their bodies, souls, spirit and story for healing, wholeness and freedom.

She works with individuals as well as offers several groups and yoga classes including her signature Yoga For Healing intensive. She has trained in embodied recovery, trauma informed yoga, somatic parts, the safe and sound protocol and polyvagal theory.

For more information about Jenna, you can visit her website at https://jennalittle.com

Heidi Andersen

Heidi Andersen (she/her) is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor, Certified Body Trust® Specialist, Registered Yoga Teacher and Embodiment Specialist. Heidi's first career was as a Board Certified Music Therapist. Heidi is thrilled to be a part of this Healing Circle as a place where she is able to synthesize her various studies in a healing modality. During her therapist career, she has worked as a therapist in residential, PHP, IOP and outpatient levels of care with people struggling with eating disorders.

She currently supports clients with Reclaiming Beauty, an outpatient group practice of body-centered psychotherapists specializing in weight inclusive treatment for the intersection of trauma, attachment wounds, and eating disorders through a body liberation lens and somatic approach. Heidi believes embodiment heals and combines her studies of Somatic Internal Family Systems, Embodied Recovery for Eating Disorders and the Center for Body Trust® in her support of her clients. She is also the author of the Reclaiming Beauty Journal and Wisdom Deck, a resource created to support women in building a self-compassionate relationship with their body. Heidi finds her own sound healing in exploring voice lessons for vocal freedom and singing in her local community chorus.

Anna K. Sanders

Anna K. Sanders, SEP, LMBT, (she/her)  was born and raised in Alaska. Farmers and fishermen are her direct ancestors and their deep connection to the natural world and love of independence and adventure shaped her earliest memories and forged her lifelong love of travel. She has lived and worked in many places, spending several years in Japan, and is now living and working on the island of Madeira, Portugal.

It was her years as an Alaska State Trooper Investigator and her frustration with the limitations of traditional psychotherapy which led her to explore body-based healing modalities. For the past 3 decades she has studied massage, various energy healing methods, Somatic Experiencing®, post-advanced SETM courses, the SSP, and Feeding Your Demons® (FYD) shadow work. She incorporates elements from all of these and from her Buddhist practice to provide a grounded, safe container from within which clients may flourish.
Current projects include the development of Bodhicitta Somatics, a series of online courses to help balance and heal our individual, communal, and global traumas through cultivation of the Sacred Feminine.

She is thrilled to be a part of this community, and welcomes inquiries at https://bodhisattvabodywork.com and https://bodhicittasomatics.com

Karen J. Helfrich

Karen J. Helfrich (she/her) is a licensed clinical social worker, and certified financial social worker trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Embodied Recovery, Mind-Body Medicine, and the Safe and Sound Protocol. Karen facilitates women+'s journey to embodied wholeness with humor, nuanced trauma healing, and financial wellness interventions. Offerings include individual psychotherapy, wellness programs, Safe and Sound Protocol, and financial wellness services. Karen takes the work seriously, but not herself.

Join Karen in her free class, The 3 Principles of Intuitive Budgeting for Women+, and her website http://www.avalonhealers.com.

Elena Johnson

Elena Johnson, LCMHC, LCAS, RYT (she/her) is an integrative psychotherapist, trauma informed yoga teacher, and herbalist. She has been immersed in various somatic and earth-based practices throughout her lifetime.

She draws from her lived experience as well as training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Embodied Recovery, Safe and Sound Protocol, Expressive Arts Therapy, Ecotherapy, Trauma Informed Yoga, and other therapeutic modalities. Inherent in her work is intersectionality and collective healing.

These, along with curiosity and a healthy dose of humor, provide the foundation from which she assists clients in exploring and transforming their relationship to self, others, and the environment.

Meagan

I’m Meagan (she/her), the one behind the “admin desk”. My path crossed with Paula fall 2022 through Dr. Marian Miller when Paula expressed a need for support with the growth of her business. I try to help Paula with anything she throws at me, she pumps out so many ideas and we work together to make them happen!

I got into the field of mental health at 19 years old, but it wasn’t in my plans. I originally went to school to be a firefighter/EMT and had plans to go to paramedic school. I got a job at a psychiatric hospital in Florida, then went on to work with troubled youth in central Alaska in residential treatment. In 2020 virtual assisting was introduced to me, and now I am supporting mental health professionals from a distance and enjoying every bit of it!

I am a military wife of 13 years, have 2 boys, 2 cats and a dog. I very much enjoy the outdoors, but also love to be at home in comfortable clothes, in my free time I read, in the summertime I try to get out on my longboard, hike new trails, and dabble in pyrography to do something artistic. To be a part of this community is a blessing, and I am so excited to have this opportunity to support everyone in this process.

Lotty Ackerman Mayer

Lotty Ackerman Mayer would like to contribute towards a more equitable world where we all belong. This includes honoring the interconnection of all life and Earth, inviting non-linear possibilities and soul-full, heart-full connections.

In this journey, Lotty has been exploring both modern science and ancient wisdoms towards our individual, ancestral and collective healing. Lotty has a background in Somatic Experiencing, energy healing with Reiki and shamanic frameworks, in-depth trainings in Interpersonal Neurobiology and parts work, exploring archetypes with sandtray work, sound healing with Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP), as well as EMDR.

Lotty has experience supporting survivors of trauma and people wanting to connect with embodiment, self-awareness, and their authentic self. Lotty is originally from Venezuela and uses pronouns she/her or they/them.

For more information about Lotty, please visit https://earthskyhearthealing.com

Becca Clegg, LPC, CEDS-S

Becca Clegg, LPC, CEDS-S (she/her) is a somatic therapist dedicated to guiding individuals on their journey towards reclamation of their authentic self. With her understanding of how trauma affects the nervous system, Becca has made it her mission to help others reclaim their connection to their bodies + tap into their own innate healing abilities.

Becca has trained in various somatic healing modalities, such as Embodied Recovery, Transformative Touch, Neuroaffective Touch, Hypnotherapy, IFS and SSP. Becca combines these practices to create a safe and effective way of using sensory awareness to guide clients through their inner world, allowing them to meet and befriend their wounded ‘parts’, so they can move beyond old patterns of defense and experience themselves as whole, authentic, and aligned.

For more information about Becca, you can visit her website at https://rebeccaclegg.com.

Meryl Fields, LCSW, SEP

Meryl Fields (she/her) offers a body-centered, holistic approach to healing that is influenced by her trainings in Somatic Experiencing, Embodied Recovery, Safe and Sound Protocol, energy healing, psychotherapy, and movement based practices. With over 25 years of experience, she supports individuals who are seeking more grounded embodiment, and a deeper connection to themselves and the world around them.

For more information about Meryl, you can visit her website at https://www.merylfieldslcsw.com/

Leslie Rhyne

Leslie Ryhne's (she/her)  life work has been oriented towards accessing a deeper understanding of herself and the world around her. Currently, Leslie’s work is oriented to accessing and working from the subtle energy body through mindful breath-work and awareness of subtle bodily sensations.

Since 2009, Leslie has taught various aspects of the 8-limbed yogic path. She is a licensed massage and bodywork therapist with additional training in polarity therapy. She is also trained in somatic therapy and internal family systems approaches which she uses as a licensed clinical social worker. Through these different modalities, Leslie has gained a unique and intricate sense of the mind, body, and soul connection. Through this work, Leslie hopes to help others feel and reestablish relationship with the layered ways we are calling to ourselves.

For more information about Leslie, you can visit her website at https://www.originalstatehealing.yoga

Dr. Marian Miller

Dr Marian Miller (she/her) is a solar eclipse chaser with a love for surfing, snorkeling, hiking and gardening. She integrates ritual and connection with nature to assist clients in the creation of safe and sacred space.

Dr Miller is trained in many modalities that resolve human nervous system overload. At the age of 24 she trained in Transcendental Meditation and has sustained a daily meditation practice since that time. Dr Miller has engaged in healing modalities such as holotropic breath work by Dr Stanislav Grof and other nature based treatments. Currently she is focusing on shifting from the mind into the heart using methods such as Reiki and Sound Healing (SSP) to support individual and collective change. Dr Miller is in private practice in Kailua O’ahu as a Clinical Psychologist and Marriage and Family Therapist, certified in Brainspotting & the Safe and Sound Protocol. She brings over 30 years of experience to the healing profession.

You may read more about her work at https://www.drmarianmiller.com/

Catherine Bruns

Catherine Bruns (she/her) helps women integrate a balanced and authentic relationship with themselves, their communities, and their environments.

For Catherine, an authentic relationship with yourself feels like being at home in yourself and the world. It includes having good boundaries, and choosing the right people, places and items to fit with your inner truth.

After years of private practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist, specializing in womens' issues and relationships, Catherine retired in 2022 to travel and nourish herself and her relationships. Today, She is exploring the integration of The Safe and Sound Protocol with energy practices such as Reiki.

Alison Cross

Alison Cross (she/her) is a LCMHC and CEDS-S trained in Embodied Recovery, Internal Family Systems, and Safe and Sound Protocol. Gathering together individually or in a group with intention creates a sacred and grounded space for healing and connection. From this place together we cultivate the warmth of "enoughness" and self-energy to explore and reach into the fluidity of our own bodies' nervous system experiences for understanding.

Alison enjoys holding space for folks to explore safely their somatic experiences and thought processes. Seeing them embrace a deeper awareness of their authentic selves brings joy, hope, and possibility for everyone involved.

For more information on Alison, visit her website at: https://www.bodybeautybravery.com/

Jenna Little

Jenna Little (she/her) is a Somatic Therapist, trauma informed Yoga Teacher and Registered Dietitian who has a passion for integrative and holistic healing. She blends many modalities for a unique embodied healing process that supports and empowers clients to come home to their bodies, souls, spirit and story for healing, wholeness and freedom.

She works with individuals as well as offers several groups and yoga classes including her signature Yoga For Healing intensive. She has trained in embodied recovery, trauma informed yoga, somatic parts, the safe and sound protocol and polyvagal theory.

For more information about Jenna, you can visit her website at https://jennalittle.com

Heidi Andersen

Heidi Andersen (she/her) is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor, Certified Body Trust® Specialist, Registered Yoga Teacher and Embodiment Specialist. Heidi's first career was as a Board Certified Music Therapist. Heidi is thrilled to be a part of this Healing Circle as a place where she is able to synthesize her various studies in a healing modality. During her therapist career, she has worked as a therapist in residential, PHP, IOP and outpatient levels of care with people struggling with eating disorders.

She currently supports clients with Reclaiming Beauty, an outpatient group practice of body-centered psychotherapists specializing in weight inclusive treatment for the intersection of trauma, attachment wounds, and eating disorders through a body liberation lens and somatic approach. Heidi believes embodiment heals and combines her studies of Somatic Internal Family Systems, Embodied Recovery for Eating Disorders and the Center for Body Trust® in her support of her clients. She is also the author of the Reclaiming Beauty Journal and Wisdom Deck, a resource created to support women in building a self-compassionate relationship with their body. Heidi finds her own sound healing in exploring voice lessons for vocal freedom and singing in her local community chorus.

Anna K. Sanders

Anna K. Sanders, SEP, LMBT, (she/her)  was born and raised in Alaska. Farmers and fishermen are her direct ancestors and their deep connection to the natural world and love of independence and adventure shaped her earliest memories and forged her lifelong love of travel. She has lived and worked in many places, spending several years in Japan, and is now living and working on the island of Madeira, Portugal.

It was her years as an Alaska State Trooper Investigator and her frustration with the limitations of traditional psychotherapy which led her to explore body-based healing modalities. For the past 3 decades she has studied massage, various energy healing methods, Somatic Experiencing®, post-advanced SETM courses, the SSP, and Feeding Your Demons® (FYD) shadow work. She incorporates elements from all of these and from her Buddhist practice to provide a grounded, safe container from within which clients may flourish.
Current projects include the development of Bodhicitta Somatics, a series of online courses to help balance and heal our individual, communal, and global traumas through cultivation of the Sacred Feminine.

She is thrilled to be a part of this community, and welcomes inquiries at https://bodhisattvabodywork.com and https://bodhicittasomatics.com

Karen J. Helfrich

Karen J. Helfrich (she/her) is a licensed clinical social worker, and certified financial social worker trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Embodied Recovery, Mind-Body Medicine, and the Safe and Sound Protocol. Karen facilitates women+'s journey to embodied wholeness with humor, nuanced trauma healing, and financial wellness interventions. Offerings include individual psychotherapy, wellness programs, Safe and Sound Protocol, and financial wellness services. Karen takes the work seriously, but not herself.

Join Karen in her free class, The 3 Principles of Intuitive Budgeting for Women+, and her website http://www.avalonhealers.com.

Elena Johnson

Elena Johnson, LCMHC, LCAS, RYT (she/her) is an integrative psychotherapist, trauma informed yoga teacher, and herbalist. She has been immersed in various somatic and earth-based practices throughout her lifetime.

She draws from her lived experience as well as training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Embodied Recovery, Safe and Sound Protocol, Expressive Arts Therapy, Ecotherapy, Trauma Informed Yoga, and other therapeutic modalities. Inherent in her work is intersectionality and collective healing.

These, along with curiosity and a healthy dose of humor, provide the foundation from which she assists clients in exploring and transforming their relationship to self, others, and the environment.

Meagan

I’m Meagan (she/her), the one behind the “admin desk”. My path crossed with Paula fall 2022 through Dr. Marian Miller when Paula expressed a need for support with the growth of her business. I try to help Paula with anything she throws at me, she pumps out so many ideas and we work together to make them happen!

I got into the field of mental health at 19 years old, but it wasn’t in my plans. I originally went to school to be a firefighter/EMT and had plans to go to paramedic school. I got a job at a psychiatric hospital in Florida, then went on to work with troubled youth in central Alaska in residential treatment. In 2020 virtual assisting was introduced to me, and now I am supporting mental health professionals from a distance and enjoying every bit of it!

I am a military wife of 13 years, have 2 boys, 2 cats and a dog. I very much enjoy the outdoors, but also love to be at home in comfortable clothes, in my free time I read, in the summertime I try to get out on my longboard, hike new trails, and dabble in pyrography to do something artistic. To be a part of this community is a blessing, and I am so excited to have this opportunity to support everyone in this process.