What is BREATHWORK?
I offer 1:1 private breathwork sessions in a space in NYC, virtual sessions all over (and the work is just as powerful!) and facilitate groups monthly in NYC.
Breathwork is a powerful active meditation (with similarities in breath to Pranayamic & Holotropic traditions, among others) using a 2-part fast-paced breath. It's so helpful for connecting to your body (because we all know how hard that can be but how powerful when we can or do), moving stuck energy, opening your heart and connecting to your intuition and embodied wisdom & memory. It is an incredible tool for moving through embodied traumatic experience, anxiety, depression, blocked emotional energy and so much more. It's also for (nearly*) everyone, even if you have panic attacks, even if you have asthma, even if you experience chronic pain. (And maybe most especially.) You'll feel a sense of clarity, focus, creativity, some calm, connection to your inner wisdom and more.
Part of why I love breathwork so much is that it reminds us we all, each of us, hold the power within ourselves to shift and heal parts of ourselves and our past experiences even when the world is a mess. It's the little shifts that I'm hoping can ease the pain and grief we carry around. These shifts are literally rooted in our own breath coupled with the radical witnessing and presence of another person. It is for sure breathWORK but in a non-capitalist sense because you get all the benefits turned right back to you and you can take the tool with you to work with at any point. It's not easy: it's a very active and disciplined meditation but it's worth it. There are tools happening but at its core, it's you and the breath; the breath is the medicine. It is a psychedelic and transcendent experience.
I'm dedicated to offering care to queer, trans and gender non-conforming people largely because I know how difficult it is to find safe(r), accessible spaces to move towards a bit of healing and because I know in this fractured world, if we don't do it for each other, who else will!? And I'll be working hard to do this through trauma-informed and harm reduction lenses. Of course I also welcome everyone who wants to get their self- healing on.
*If you are pregnant, have experienced traumatic brain injury & accompanying seizures, or experience retinal detachment, please consult with your doctor first and email me with any questions or concerns before booking.
So that you have a sense of how I work, please see below for additional info on rates, the sliding scale and my training before you book a session. You can book a session by scrolling down.
What To Expect
We will start with a short conversation and intention setting and then get into the breathing. I'm there to guide you through the 45 minute session with the breath, oils, incense* & an energizing and introspective playlist. We will close with a little conversation and reflection. I suggest that you plan to commit to a few sessions so that we can go deep and you can get a solid sense of the work we can do together.
*Oils and incense can be removed for people with scent and/ or chemical sensitivity.
I offer sessions sliding scale but please do see below and read all the way through this page to determine where you fall. After doing a lot of research I've found that market rates for a 1:1 Breathwork session in NYC often run $180-200 per session. I respect practitioners individual choices and know rents in NYC are wildly high and I also want to offer sessions that will hopefully be more accessible and meet the needs of people who wish to try it out but can't afford the higher rates. I don't ask to see any proof and rely on your honesty and integrity when placing yourself on the scale. Sliding scale only works when the low and the high are balanced so thank you in advance for your consideration. Those with ample resources or access to resources, financial support from family etc. are invited to pay at the higher end of the range to help support and sustain financially accessible work.
The income-based sliding scale is a guide. Please take other forms of access and income into consideration. If you have a savings account, if you are able to travel regularly for pleasure or take big trips to other countries, if you've recently invested in a home or property, if you are able to eat out regularly without worry or make large purchases like tattoos and other luxury items: please consider yourself in the middle or upper part of the scale. If you don't currently have paid employment but are able to access family money or other financial support, please take this into consideration. Please choose appropriately so that those who truly need to access the lower end of the scale are able to. I rely on the honesty and integrity of those booking sessions in order to continue doing this work sustainably. Thanks in advance.
1:1 Suggested Rate According to Income:
$60 if you make $25,000 and under
$70 if you make $25 - $40,000
$80 if you make $40 - $55,000
$90 if you make $55 - $70,000
$100 if you make $70 - $85,000
$110 if you make $85 - $100,000
$120 if you make $100 - $115,000
$130 if you make $115 - $130,000
$140 if you make $130,000 and above
- $60-140 sliding scale
- 2 $30 sessions per month for BIPOC/ queer/ trans/ low income/ sick & disabled people ( Please email me to see if I have sessions open for the month. I am currently booked for these until August 1st.)
Outcall 1:1 Sessions (Please email to book.)
*If my available appointments don't work for you, or if you prefer to do a session at home, I can also do outcalls/ house calls if you have a quiet and private space for us to work in. These sessions are offered at $100-$140. Please email me to find out about availability.
For small or large groups, corporate & special events, please email me for rates.
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For the last ten years I have been engaged in anti-violence and trauma work in different capacities, from being a rape crisis counselor in an emergency room to a community organizer to a book editor to a trauma-focused somatic writing workshop facilitator. I also have additional trainings in harm reduction & substance misuse/ addiction. I've worked with many people around these experiences, bring my own personal experience to this work and am also always doing my own healing work so that I can be as clear as possible in our work together.
I bring a trauma-informed, queer & trans centered, person-first, non-pathologizing or shaming lens to this work. I am uniquely skilled to help you move through and with traumatic experience & uncover & reimagine the stories of your body. I've been lucky to have been supporting people in some of their darkest (and brightest!) times for years and am incredibly heartened and inspired by this work.
Additional Training & Experiences
2016 MA in Individualized Studies at Goddard College, thesis on translating embodied traumatic experience through somatic practices and critical and creative nonfiction.
2009 Community Organizer & Facilitator for a project on sexual violence in a community in Brooklyn
2009 Rape Crisis Counselor Training, St. Vincent's Hospital for overnight on-call patient advocacy
2017 Breathwork Healer Training, Erin Telford
2017 Full Day Training, Psychedelic Harm Reduction & Integration, The Psychedelic Education & Continuing Care Program
2016 Certificate of Completion, Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Training, Andrew Tatarsky, The Center for Optimal Living & The New School for Social Research
Pay It Forward
What's Pay It Forward? It's a chance for those of you with ample resources, or a desire to support sliding scale and low cost community care to donate in support of this continued work. You can read more about it here and I thank you in advance for your consideration, support and investment in this growing work.