"I didn't expect that addressing my deepest trauma would be so fun and empowering. I'm surprised to see how good it actually felt to sit with things I was scared of. I’m excited to try more, as I'm seeing how my range of tolerance for what I can handle has broadened."
"I wanted help overcoming fear & anxiety and moving beyond childhood trauma and abuse. I also wanted to develop greater self-confidence and to be less hard on myself.
After our work together, my anxiety is much reduced and more easily regulated when it shows up. I am no longer depressed, hyper-vigilant or overwhelmed. I am more confident and much kinder to myself. Instead of feeling frozen and overwhelmed when I look back on my childhood, I now feel a sense of empowerment and pride."
"Danya River is one of the most powerful healers I have ever met and one of the kindest, most caring people on the planet.
I went through a rough time, waking up at 5am with debilitating anxiety, feeling sick to my stomach throughout the day, and just wanted the pain to end. Danya worked with me so that I could move through the fears and come out the other side stronger. She gave me tools that I use every day.
I can feel distinct shifts in my body and emotions because of our work together--newfound levels of confidence, empowerment and strength. The stuff that used to scare me doesn't phase me anymore. My nervous system is stronger and more resilient.
At every moment, I felt Danya with me, her kindness and patience. She was so honoring, no matter what I was going through. I felt validated and nothing but nurtured and loved in her care.
While the SE sessions seemed almost effortless, the impact has been life-changing. Engaging in this work has been one of the best decisions I have made for my well being. I wish I had started years ago!"
"I was experiencing frequent anxiety attacks which had tended to arise whenever I was stressed due to a major life transition. During our sessions, Danya guided me into my sensations and offered me simple tools for calming down whenever I felt like it was too much. After some practice together, I felt confident in my ability to control the intensity of my experience.
Then, a vivid childhood memory emerged of the panic I experienced the first day of school in 2nd grade. Danya gave me an opportunity to re-experience the old trauma in a way that felt healthy, empowered, and complete. It felt great to have a new way of being with that memory. It also had a profound impact on me going forward.
The anxiety attacks have ceased. I’m so grateful for the liberation I am experiencing...truly life-changing!"
My ability to still feel what’s appropriate while staying in the here-and-now has left me with much greater peace. I feel most fortunate that I’m no longer hurting my loved ones with destructive anger. Danya’s caring, gentle and thoughtful guidance made it possible for me to shed a lifelong response pattern that has fundamentally changed my life for the better.
The two chronic challenges that I wanted help with were:
- Low self-esteem due my short physical stature (I am a 4'11" woman). I felt anxious, powerless and overwhelmed in social and work settings, especially around powerful people.
- Chronic shame and inability to forgive myself or show self-compassion that resulted in constant physical pain (back and neck issues, stiffness, joint pain, etc).
Danya held a beautiful mirror to the deep rooted causes behind my various symptoms, providing me with tools to apply in my daily life. By getting to the source of my challenges, I was able to dissolve all insecurities around my physical stature to a point that I now forget that I ever had such a huge lifelong problem!
Further, I have learned to be kinder and more trusting of myself, and much of my physical pain has dissolved. I hardly experience any back or joint pain anymore.
In Danya I found both a counsellor and a mentor, who understood my rhythm, my strengths, my pacing, and helped me work through my challenges with tools that were in sync with my personality. She continuously strived to help me find my own inner voice of guidance and to trust myself and my intuition over anything else. To me, trusting myself has been a huge transformation!
RELATIONSHIPS & SELF-CONFIDENCE:
I was desperately struggling with high anxiety and stress that were disrupting my work and my ability to maintain healthy, beneficial relationships. A people pleaser, I had low self-confidence and was afraid to let people see the "real me." Within a month of working with Danya, the almost-daily panic attacks stopped. Over time, I began to be more vulnerable in my all my relationships, started dating and I am now engaged to a wonderful man and planning to start a family.
I have made huge strides! I have learned so many skills that help me envision the life I want and make it my reality. I feel more confident, more in control of my life and I am able to choose my joy and happiness. Danya is a friend, a mentor and a guide that walks through some of the tougher obstacles and find the celebrations each day. I am so grateful!
SURGICAL / MEDICAL TRAUMA:
"The sessions I had with Danya were no less than extraordinary.
I was struggling with daily head and neck pain for months. Having exhausted massage, physical therapy and traditional medical routes, I turned to Danya for help. She held a compassionate, safe place, gently guiding me into the opening of trauma from an ear surgery ten years before.
The layers of deep tension and holding released and I haven’t had the level of pain since. I am a healer and have been to many healers over the course of my life. I can’t recommend Danya River more highly."
"I felt so held in my work with Danya. With her compassionate, kind and skillful support, she invited me to express my grief, in all of its messiness. I experienced a deep sense of relief in being encouraged to feel my grief more fully and allow it to be witnessed.Those energies and emotions that had been buried deep got to breathe and that created much more internal calm. I walked away feeling a renewed strength of spirit and more confidence in navigating the death of my mother."
"Danya is a master at what she does. She has skillfully and heartfully guided me through intensity that threatened to completely bowl me over. With her support, I have access to the deep wells of wisdom that reside in the cells of my own body.
Do yourself a favor and take advantage of this amazing woman's gifts and generosity."
PHOBIA / PUBLIC SPEAKING:
I was totally blown away by my first Somatic Experiencing session with Danya.
I was focusing on releasing anxiety and fear around public speaking and performance. As we moved through the session, so much unexpectedly popped up from the depths of my being from past experiences. With each piece of information or physical feeling that the surfaced, Danya guided me through deescalating my somatic arousal and stress response.
We got to the root of many of my fears by identifying where they started from and providing care to those past experiences and parts of myself. I found this process to be highly effective, a quick way to move through blocks, and an effective guide for operating from a place of personal power and confidence rather than avoiding from fear.
"Danya has an exceptional talent. She creates a very safe environment to begin learning how to relax and ease tension. What's more: it's effective! Every session I've done with her has been a profound experience -- each leaving me with a greater understanding of the patterns that drive stress and how to move beyond them."
SELF-DOUBT & OVERWHELM:
"There are times when you've talked about something, and more talking won't help. The problem is lodged elsewhere. Danya's work goes to that deeper level. Out of our work together, I've been able to go beyond my comfort zone in my business and tackle areas that overwhelmed me with doubt before."
BULLYING , RELATIONAL TRAUMA & OVERWHELM:
"I came in wanting to clear out some of my trauma so that it wouldn't be hanging over me and influencing my life as much. I have noticed a lot of movement in how I relate to my emotions and how much I am able to let them move out of me now, instead of bottling them up. I also feel that the trauma itself has gotten less compacted, less dense and fixed.
The experience and quality of us working together is a very supportive environment in which to explore myself. I feel free to open up and let things out that have been kept pretty hidden in my day-to-day life."
"Danya has a way about her that is so reassuring. She is so grounded, intelligent, self aware and has a big heart. She is an amazing SE Practitioner. I would highly recommend her to anyone wanting help with healing and self-discovery."
"Danya warmly creates a safe and sacred space that one can trust is loving, compassionate and intuitively tuned in. I was impressed at the depth of my journey with her. My intention was to heal any birth trauma. I released and realized a lot that allowed for greater understanding and empowering perspectives.
It was so very inspiring to deepen my gratitude for my body wisdom knowing precisely how to physically and emotionally liberate trauma and establish greater harmony. Danya was a beautiful guide facilitating this natural process. It was an AMAZING experience, simply profound! I highly recommend booking to work with this angel!"
STRESS, ANXIETY, LIFE TRANSITION:
Danya has been a great support and source of healing this year, as I’ve been moving through challenging period of stress, anxiety, change, and uncertainty in life and work. When we started working together, I had been doing a lot of personal work focused on healing and growth, but had reached a block around my emotional sphere that had been manifesting itself physically.
I’ve worked with a large variety of practitioners over the years (therapy, coaching, acupuncture, body work, etc.), but this modality of Somatic Experiencing was a new one to me. In the first session, I walked away disarmed at the subtle yet deep impact our time together had on me.
Over the next 10 sessions, Danya’s gentle, loving, supportive, and at times challenging approach helped me heal some old wounds I didn’t expect to revisit. She helped unblock a lot of energy I had been holding in certain parts of my body, thereby freeing me up to release and move on.
While I still experience stress and anxiety at times, it’s not an “always present” experience like it was before (that alone is huge!); and I now have some approaches to help me move through some of it on my own.
I will most definitely work with her again when I’m ready to take on my next phase of healing and expansion, and have already referred her to others. I highly recommend working with Danya, and truly adore and value her both as a gifted practitioner and human being.
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