"Our essence wisely waits, like a seed,"
Justine Melisande Polevoy, MFT
#36954, is a gifted Somatic Psychotherapist, Professor and Trainer who has been practicing and training professionals for over 25 years. She teaches cutting edge somatic psychotherapy modalities and trauma recovery skills effective in treating all humans and trauma survivors and increasing their capacities, experience of safety, resources and their integrated functioning and sense of wellbeing.
She is strongly informed by Ayurvedic yoga and ancient Ayurvedic health traditions that reconnect the body and Self to one's innate wisdom and the cycles of nature. Her experience with chronic illness and depth of study in holistic health modalities influence her approach and add to the tools she uses to support restoration of health and well-being.
Justine has been both core and adjunct faculty for the California Institute for Integral Studies and John F. Kennedy University in the San Francisco Bay Area. For over 15 years, she served as a trainer and organizer for Pat Ogden's Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute and Bill Bowen's Psycho-Physical Therapy Institute.
Her private practice, Embodied Psychotherapy, specializes in treating adults in their recovery of Self following challenging life experiences, developmental and attachment wounds, shock trauma and combat experiences, and various manifestations of dissociation. She helps people regain a sense of resilience, choice, safety, joy and a more integrated and resourced sense of self.
Justine's work is strongly influenced by the deep, organic healing wisdom and capacity that resides within each one of us and the strength and resiliency of the human spirit. Additionally, her work integrates current research in the field of attachment, trauma, and neurobiology, and is a blend of her own orientation and the teachings of Steven Hoskinson's Organic Intelligence, Richard Shwartz's Internal Family Systems Model, Francine Shapiro's EMDR protocol, Ron Kurtz's Hakomi Therapy, Pat Ogden's Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Peter Levine's Somatic Experiencing, Bill Bowen's Psycho-Physical Therapy, and Diana Fosha's AEDP Therapy.