in the body
increasing pleasure and ease
Hello! I'm Maggie Truelove.
I'm a Somatic Practitioner, and I help nervous systems heal and thrive.
My clients are supported in resolving chronic stress,
developing empowerment and ease in body and mind, and cultivating pleasure and satisfaction through somatic process, mindfulness and nervous system regulation.
In other words: healing and change that is sustainable because it comes from the body.
As an Organic Intelligence and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, I hold both a healing and a change space. I am trained in how the nervous system uses, gets stuck in and integrates the fight, flight, fawn and freeze responses, as well as how to approach and cultivate states of groundedness, connection, safety, and integrity. In this and other ways, Somatic Coaching is different than life coaching. Somatic Coaching does not offer top-down solutions, but empowers the intelligence of what is already there while supporting change and wellness through increased agency and positive self-regard. This process involves three major components: healing the overpowering negativity bias that hijacks our attention (and comes from trauma), working with the nervous system's innate intelligence by getting in touch with impulse, and getting grounded or "oriented" to what is here and now, ie. resetting oneself and getting off the loop of overwhelm. To support our work I offer minimal-effort practices and take-home guidance and education, in a container of listening and respect for your life experience.
You may have hopes and dreams that feel unattainable because of the amount of change, consistency or effort they require. You may struggle to express yourself, have a chronic fight or flight response, or people-pleasing tendencies. You may have chronic tension, feel stuck in or dissociated from your body. You may have a hard time experiencing simple, wholesome pleasure or joy. You may be looking to resolve stress based in past experiences, to receive support in your mindfulness practice, or in reconciling your evolving spiritual beliefs.
The burdens, overwhelm and conditioning we carry weigh heavy on the body and mind, and it is my privilege to help hold this weight with humility and compassion, and to help you re-orient and engage with what else is possible.
Somatic Coaching sessions are 60 minutes and take place over Zoom.
I work with clients both short and long term, most often on a recurring (eg. biweekly) schedule, but clients are also welcome to schedule on an intuitive basis.
My rate is $110 per session. I offer a limited number of reduced rate sessions for those who cannot afford my full rate, please inquire for more information.
I do not take insurance.
Click below for a free phone consultation to see if we are a good fit.
I grew up in Portland, OR, and have lived in Brooklyn, Oakland, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, and Humboldt County, CA. I was drawn to the healing arts early, and have experienced a great deal of liberation through my own healing work. This process has included the modalities above, as well as, importantly, feminist and queer self-discovery and anti-racism education. Learning from indigenous perspectives, doing my own ancestry work, and studying decolonization are active and important in my life (and to my anti-capitalist, life-within-capitalism lens). I have dealt and worked personally with depression, anxiety, fear, shame, procrastination, low self-worth, creative blocks and challenges within relationship. I love this work and continue to grow and learn in the field through continuing education and consultation. I identify as queer and femme, and am white and middle class. My partner and I have 13 years together in happy, living marriage. From 2011 to 2019 I studied and practiced in a spiritual tradition that synthesized Daoism, Chan, and Nyingma Buddhism, with the goal of ordination into the priesthood and teaching. I left my (beloved) lineage in 2020, out of a commitment to integrity regarding evolving beliefs, and to let go of association with fundamentalism and patriarchy in any form. I am a champion of "the fawn response" and the representation of appeasement/people-pleasing in somatic education. You can read the article I wrote about this and other writing here. I reside in the ancestral homeland of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Rhonde, along the Willamette River in Milwaukie, OR.
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner Certification
Three year training in chronic stress resolution, somatics and post-traumatic growth
Teaching assistant for SE Practitioner Certification training and approved Beginning Year session provider
The Heartwood Institute
California Certified Massage Therapist, 2008-2018
1,000+ hour bodywork training, ten years clinical experience in Deep Tissue Therapy, Shiatsu, Acupressure, Tui Na and Medical Qigong
Ling Qi Dao Healing Arts
Buddhist Studies and Ministerial Training, 2012-2019
Study and practice with spiritual mentor Rev. Fa Jun Shakya in Chan and Nyingma Buddhism, Taoism, qigong, yoga and kung fu
Course Assistant, Instructor and Program Director, 2015-2019
IMPACT is a women-led nonprofit organization that teaches Empowerment Self-Defense (ESD) to women, girls and the LGBTQ community.
Human Empowerment and Enrichment Training Participant, Coordinator and Mentor
Three year training in nervous system regulation, interpersonal post-traumatic growth and coaching with Steve Hoskinson.
Participant and Course Moderator
10-week course in nervous system and attentional wellness, post-traumatic growth
Free the Vital Energy and Illuminating Presence of Your Spine: Explorations in Movement and Cellular Consciousness
8-week live online training in embodied anatomy with somatics elder Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen
Opening and Strengthening the Heart Through the Consciousness of Embodiment
8-week live online training in somatics and embodied anatomy