Chicago Bodymind

Wellness Studio

Susan Auman, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Somatic Experiencing (SE) Practitioner and Professor of Social Work at Northeastern Illinois University.

I believe that we humans heal in the context of relationship and that therapy is the process in which we find our way to our whole selves. In the therapy room, I join with clients to co-create their unique path to wholeness by realizing their inherent strengths and utilizing them to developing a 'tool belt' of strategies for which to work through life's struggles. Together we orient to the client's inherent capacity to gain mastery of their own functioning from the lens of their truth.

I am a relational body-centered, somatic psychotherapist specializing in the resolution of overwhelming life events and trauma. I work from the perspective that the mind and body function most effectively when guided to do so in tandem.  As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 15+ years of experience, I work with people of all ages and all walks of life. I speak Italian fluently and have an intermediate grasp of Spanish.

Availability: I am taking new clients. I am available for workshops, presentations or in-services regarding SE, Hakomi, and body-centered therapy for teens and adolescents

Francine Kelley, is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Somatic Experiencing (SE) Practitioner, SE Training Assistant and SE Basics Workshop Presenter. She is also an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher.

My goal when working with clients is that they gain the self-understanding and skills to feel that they don't need me anymore. My approach is collaborative, light-hearted and non-judgmental.

Clients frequently remark that after working with me they have a better understanding of the biological reasons for their symptoms and are better able to do something when triggers or heightened emotions threaten to hijack them. As someone who has personally benefited from body-centered therapy, I am passionate about sharing this awareness with clients and also with other practitioners. 

Availability: I have some daytime appointments available for psychotherapy. I'm available for SE Student sessions and for workshops, presentations, or in-services regarding SE, yoga psychotherapy, body-centered psychotherapy or somatic self-care.

Elmo Painter's role in this life is to be a Muse, an emotional healer, and an implement of whimsical awakening.  Special interests include emotional science, the physiological effects of emotional distress, shadow work, and performance as therapy. 

We all have parts of ourselves we would rather not see, behaviors we would rather not engage in, things we would rather not feel. In times of crisis, the shadow rears its head, sometimes leading to unhealthy behaviors and compulsions. Bringing the shadow to consciousness gives us a chance to correct the patterns. Integration of typically reject aspects of self can lead to more liveliness, creativity, physical and spiritual energy, capacity to love ourselves and others.

You are already whole. Some parts may be stifled, muted, frozen, forgotten. Your creativity, personal power, inner knowing, and voice are within you. It’s possible that they were shamed down, or had to be hidden for your safety. It is possible to find and access them again.

It is my intention to help people from all walks of life, and especially to ethically and compassionately support Romantic, Sexual & Gender Minorities from the Queer, Bisexual, Pansexual, Lesbian, Gay, Asexual/Demisexual, Kink, Polyamorous/Non-monogamous Communities – as well as people who identify anywhere across the Gender Spectrum.

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