Over the past decade, since the life-altering car accident I survived on the LA freeway, I have been studying trauma.
Learning to understand and resolve trauma has transformed my own life, and profoundly informed my work as a yoga therapist.
My healing/learning journey led me to Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing® (SE) trauma resolution training program. As an SE practitioner, I now work with individuals that have suffered a range of traumatic experiences.
From childhood abuse, to medical trauma, to chronic disease, to loss of loved ones… I support individuals choosing to consciously face and transform seemingly insurmountable incidents and tragedies… to reclaim their personal agency and voice.
Words from a client:
“Working with Ariel was a bright spot in a very very dark time in my life. She listened with her whole body at a time when I desperately needed to feel heard. She cried and laughed with me. Not only that, though, she brought me to places within my own body that needed my attention and bore witness to the awakening. Her work is profound, impossible to fully explain, and absolutely transforming.”
-Ashley Williams, actress
“Somatic Experiencing work helped me to articulate and integrate subconscious patterns of thought that had been holding me back for a long time. Ariel Kiley is a powerful, intuitive healer.”
I describe trauma as the “unfinished business” of the nervous system.
If you have experienced an intense and overwhelming situation that threatened your physical or emotional survival, it’s possible you’ve been traumatized.
That threatening situation may have been sudden or could have persisted over a prolonged period of time. Either way, if you were not able to protect and defend yourself, or fully escape the threat, you may have unfinished survival urges.
This “unfinished business” in your nervous system could be causing stress, anxiety, disassociation, repressed anger, or helplessness today. Many people I work with feel like they’ve lost their voice.
“Trauma may begin as acute stress from a perceived life-threat or as the end product of cumulative stress. Both types of stress can seriously impair a person’s ability to function with resilience and ease. Trauma may result from a wide variety of stressors such as accidents, invasive medical procedures, sexual or physical assault, emotional abuse, neglect, war, natural disasters, loss, birth trauma, or the corrosive stressors of ongoing fear and conflict.” (From the Somatic Experiencing® website)
Words from a client:
I worked with Ariel to gain an understanding of this undercurrent of doubt and outsized fear coursing through me. I was feeling very easily overwhelmed and incapable. Ariel has an amazing gift for making you feel at ease (even when you are going to uncomfortable places) and supported. She is immensely patient and perceptive. She was able to take my broken words and description of my sensations and transform them into hand gestures that formed a tangible representation of what I was feeling. Seeing conflicting deep-rooted internal desires interact with each other (in the form of Ariel’s hands), provided me with a visual imprint that is much easier to recall and touch into than mere words.
The work is super subtle, but you feel the shifts continue to happen long after the sessions are over. Our world is blessed to have Ariel’s spirit in it. I cannot recommend her services highly enough!