Brett is a healer and teacher working in diverse settings in the Bay Area, including with individuals and groups, community mental health, prisons, and retreats.
Mindfulness practice and Somatic Experiencing™ can work together to help clients develop resilience, release trauma from the body, and reduce the physical and emotional symptoms of anxiety. Mindfulness enables us to track non-judgmentally what is happening in the present moment and thus give us choices where we otherwise might just react. Working somatically, we can tap into often very old parts of ourselves that are stuck and help these parts become more integrated. In the process, we learn to feel more real, have an embodied sense of self, and engage more authentically and honestly in our relationships.
Brett teaches secular mindfulness and Buddhist meditation, integrating somatic awareness, depth psychology, and self-compassion. Our goal is to be more mindful in everyday life. Mindfulness then becomes a practice of accepting ourselves and the world as we are. And as we struggle less with the way things actually are, we usually find that we're engaging with more clarity, kindness, and fearlessness in relationships, politics, work, and our daily activities. Brett works with both adults and teens, including in individual sessions, in institutional settings, in particular several California prisons, with special emphasis on trauma, anger management, and cultivating emotional intelligence and attachment healing.
Brett has spent many months practicing meditation at various retreat centers and on extended self-retreat. Today, he continues to integrate practice with formal study in Buddhism and chaplaincy. What started as a hope for less stress became a way of life.