My Approach / About Me

My approach is:

Somatic -
Opening the power of our attention to our felt-sense so that we enhance our ability to understand ourselves in relationship to the world around us.  We will aim for integrative functioning of cognition, sensation and emotion.  

Animist/Relational – At the center of my offerings is the understanding that human beings are interrelated to one another and to all the beings on this earth.  Most of us have been indoctrinated into a belief system that emphasizes our individuality over and above the ability to perceive and act on our connections to others.  This causes us to suffer, to feel lonely, to engage in judgmental thinking toward ourselves and others.  In our time together, we’ll include an awareness of our birth-right: a sense of belonging to the world.

Culturally responsive – I acknowledge that power and privilege function within differences of class, race, gender, sexuality and disability. As woman, I can relate with some minority experiences.  As I sis-gendered white person living in the United States, it is my duty to explore my privilege and to relate to my internalized legacy of colonial, white-supremacist, patriarchy.  In my work, I aim to respond inclusively.  I will support your capacity to embrace difference and cultivate belonging.

Holistic - Emotional, physical, spiritual, intellectual, physical, environmental, financial, and occupational wellness all contribute to a satisfying life.  We’ll explore the areas in your life that may be affecting your wellbeing.  We will address the domains that seem most pressing to you together.

Scientific - I love learning about the latest in the field of neuroscience. We're alive during a time marked by incredible advances in our understanding of our brains and bodies. I find ways to make this information practical and applicable to our work together. 
 

Kristen Jackson Banister Tucson

About Me:  
I live in beneath the expansive skies of the Sonoran Desert with my husband and two dogs.  I believe that friendship is an art and compassion is a gift to cultivate.  I have danced since I could walk: It is my practice, my teacher, my meditation.  I love to hike through sagebrush, wander arroyos and listen to songbirds.  I am learning to garden, to use food as medicine, and to flow with the dynamic river of life.  

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Arizona. I am a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, a Syzygy Outreach Facilitator, an Open Floor Teacher and the creator of Freemotion Somatics.  I’ve studied wilderness rites of passage with the School of Lost Borders, earned a certification in Therapy in Motion, studied Somatic Enneagram and lived a life motivated by curiosity about the human experience. My task is to witness your unique expression, to join with your internal healer and to support you with compassion, techniques and presence.

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I acknowledge that I live and work on the ancestral lands of Tohono O'o'dham, Pascua Yaqui, and Apache peoples.