intuitive healing 

a holistic, body-based, self-determined path to trauma recovery and mental health

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intuitive healing looks different for each participant though common elements include;

bodywork
(stretching, self-massage, yoga, mindfulness +)

creative expression
(art, music, writing +)

psychoeducation
(learning about the brain, body, and trauma)

community connections
(forging or deepening connections with humans, animals, and plants/fungi)

about intuitive healing

  • intuitive healing is an alternative approach to traditional counselling or "talk therapy"

  • intuitive healing starts by giving ourselves permission to take care of ourselves, to heal our wounds, and to trust our own intuition

  • intuitive healing returns us to our natural state of empowerment, inner knowing, and wholeness

you
set the direction, pace, and scope of the work

together,
we create a warm space, free from judgement and expectation

we honour 
what rises from within and let it guide your healing
path

areas

of

focus

childhood trauma + abuse including:
narcissistic, emotional, physical, sexual, psychological abuse, neglect +

depression

low self worth

anxiety

grief/loss

oppression-based trauma

body image

sexuality + gender identity

ASD + developmental diverse
abilities

addiction

understand your experiences, 
make meaning, 
release old wounds,
reclaim power,

find solace within the self.

diverse ability

IBPOC

2SLGBTQ+

intuitive healing

is a practice!

it is not a linear path, nor a mountain to climb. once developed, your intuitive healing practice will serve you in all areas of your life, not just in healing past trauma. 

it will help you attune to your loved ones. it will deepen your understanding of self, your dreams, your fears, your direction and life's path.

OR

explore MORE below: 

counselling vs. intuitive healing - what's the difference?

is intuitive healing right for me?

origins of intuitive healing

a decolonial approach -
defined



 

"we are

human beings

not

human doings"

Nityda Gessel

is intuitive healing the same as counselling?

great question!
no, fir moon does not provide registered counselling services.
while there are common elements between the two, counselling is rooted in talk therapy and intuitive healing is rooted in body-based practice and creative 
expression. intuitive healing sessions will of course have space for talk and verbal expression among the other practices. 

what's the difference?

both approaches have a lot to offer to those

healing from trauma. it comes down to personal preference, comfort, and what we feel called to.

healing takes many forms 

counselling

offers:

  • a colonial framework for healing; which utilizes more structure, reinforces the traditional hierarchies of power in our world and asks that we operate within them

  • centres the counsellor as the expert and leader in the healing work and the participant as the learner or collaborator

  • a biomedical, western perspective toward health and healing

  • a strong approach for the mind, less emphasis on body, spirit

  • 1 hour sessions/$80-150, often 3-6 month waitlists 

intuitive healing

offers:

  • a decolonial framework for healing which does not reinforce existing systems of power. we restore power to all who participate by acknowledging oppression is trauma (scroll for more detail) 

  • centres the participant (you) as the expert, the knower, the leader in your own healing

  • an integrated and holistic approach focusing on the body's inherent wisdom to support and heal the mind and spirit 

  • space for healing all parts of you, including spirit/soul/essence (whatever term resonates for you)

  • flexible timing and sliding scale cost based on what you can afford. healing is accessible to everyone

"the body

is where the knowing, where the truth is held"

Bea Anderson

origins of intuitive healing

created by fir moon, intuitive healing is an

ever-evolving decolonial approach to trauma recovery,

mental health, and personal development.

 

intuitive healing weaves traditional modes of ancient healing together with current practices in attachment-based trauma recovery.

informed by yoga, ayurveda, elemental wisdom, mindfulness, wicca, buddhist psychology,

Indigenous ways of being, thinking, doing, 

trauma-conscious, strengths-based, somatic, art, narrative, and feminist therapies, intuitive healing centres each individual as the expert of their own experiences and healing.

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the short answer is; only you know!

if the elements of intuitive healing resonate with you, if you have been seeking a non-traditional, flexible, and accessible healing path, if you feel called to step into a practice of curiosity and creativity, intuitive healing may be right for you!

if you are in crisis, intuitive healing is not right for you at this time.
if you are working 
with a counsellor but are also interested in intuitive healing sessions, they can in fact be a strong complement to one another.
get in touch with fir moon for more information.


if you are not sure, feel free to reach out with questions! the process for beginning work with fir moon starts with a simple intake to determine how best I can support you; 1:1 sessions, small group circle sessions, or by a referral to another practitioner.



why might I refer you to another practitioner?

a mentor of mine taught me that to truly work in a "trauma-informed" way, it's vital to know our scope; our limitations, our sweet spots. after a decade of mental health and trauma work with vulnerable communities, one thing I know is there's a lot I don't know! if I feel a participant is seeking support that cannot be provided within the framework of intuitive healing, I will do everything I can to connect them with a more fitting resource. 
further, I have learned that my healing work is most impactful when I am able to collaborate with and learn from fellow decolonial mental health and trauma workers. community and collaboration are really at the heart of everything I do! for these reasons, my wise and learn-ed co-conspirator,
Sarah Simpson, MSW provides consultation to my practice.

is intuitive healing right for me?

 decolonial approach
- defined

all of fir moon's work is created and delivered from an anti-oppressive, decolonial, intersectional feminist lens.

fir moon's work has always centered the practice of redistributing power and privilege by working alongside, not above, folks.

what is 'decolonization'?

decolonization is the process of deconstructing colonial frameworks and practices which purport the superiority and privilege of western ways of being.

it involves:
dismantling structures that perpetuate the status quo,
addressing imbalanced power dynamics,
valuing and revitalizing Indigenous and ancient knowledge

a 
decolonial approach 
holds space for healing
oppression-based
trauma

how do colonial frameworks affect our lives?

1. colonial frameworks create vast inequalities

colonial frameworks of racism, sexism, capitalism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia (to name a few) are the systems that govern our everyday lives. these systems create deep inequalities between those who have been granted (colonial institutionalized) power and those who have not.

 

colonial systems grant privilege to:

bodies that are straight, white, cisgendered, english-speaking etc.

 

colonial systems deny privilege to:  

bodies that are IBPOC, queer, women, trans, multigender, immigrant-status etc. 

these systems are built for those granted resources, access, and power to continue to gain more of the same. while those not granted power face harder and harder challenges just to meet their basic human needs. 

we begin to see privileged communities overflowing with abundance, while most others face a severe lack of resources and access. when treated unfairly by our workplaces, our communities, our legal system, we are unable to recognize or meet our own needs. this is called oppression-based trauma.

 

operating in so many areas of our lives, these oppressive systems begin to seep in  and are recreated in our homes and our relationships.caregivers whose own needs are not being met are then unable to meet the needs of their children, which can lead to childhood trauma or their own individual experiences of trauma. lifetime after lifetime of unmet needs passes the trauma on to the next generation, also known as intergenerational trauma.   

2. colonial oppression can lead to trauma

we might have been told that we are at fault, that we are responsible for the trauma we experienced. this is the viewpoint of the colonial systems. however, the truth is that the roots of trauma stem from a much larger pattern of disempowerment and subjugation woven throughout the fabric of our society.

 

while societal frameworks can grant us a great deal of material and "earthly" power, we each also carry with us our own source of personal and communal power. experiences of trauma can disconnect us from our power source. understanding oppression and the impact of colonial systems puts us on the path to reclaim our inherent ways of knowing. our view starts to shift back to seeing ourselves as powerful (perhaps for the first time) and we start to reconnect with our inner source of power.   

 

colonial frameworks and ways of being have very real, tangible effects on our lives. they effect how we access and operate in the world, how we see ourselves, how we form relationships and connect with community. as more and more silenced voices gain access to the microphone, the tapestry of disempowerment of some and empowerment of others becomes easier to see. recognizing the ways these systems impact our sense of self and our relationships is a powerful step toward a self-determined path.

3. the tapestry of disempowerment vs. the power within