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Daniel Gaustad, SEP

I provide Somatic Experiencing sessions for individuals, dyads and groups wanting to address accumulated stress, nervous system dysregulation and trauma. My work places an emphasis on embodied inquiry into personal and collective implicit biases. Through this lens, I encourage clients to know themselves within the context of culture and society and in relation to inherited social structures.

In our time together, our work may explore:
  • Slowing down

  • Creating healthy boundaries

  • Developing empowerment and agency

  • Becoming intimate with the messiness of life

  • Knowing self within the context of culture and society

  • Expanding beyond binary thinking

  • Cultivating right use of power

  • Expressing healthy aggression

  • Experiencing joy and curiosity

  • Connecting with primal animal instinct

  • Listening to and honoring the “irrationality” of body stories

  • Increasing the capacity to hold discomfort

  • Moving from individualism to acceptance of support

I facilitate Somatic Antiracism groups, offering both white-bodied men’s groups and white-bodied all gender groups. I also provide Somatic Experiencing sessions for white-bodied individuals and white-bodied somatic therapists wanting to work on issues of white body supremacy and embodiment of social justice.

Somatic Antiracism for White Bodies? What and Why?

A major focus of my work involves exploring characteristics of whiteness and how these characteristics are held in white bodies, showing up as implicit biases and belief systems. This work includes my commitment to a lifetime of inquiry into and acknowledgement of my own whiteness.

Without sustained, honest and fierce commitment to working on our own whiteness, white fragility and white advantage, we are at very high risk of reinforcing the power dynamics and patterns of traumatization that have led to white body supremacy in the first place.

Because white fragility is so tightly tied to implicit biases and the developmental trauma of being born and raised in a culture that is rooted in white body supremacy, a commitment to examining whiteness and white advantage and to reducing our own white fragility needs to be anchored in a somatic framework.

Through sustained, honest and fierce commitment to somatic inquiry of our own whiteness and the fragility and advantages that come with that whiteness, we can more effectively work towards dismantling systems of white body supremacy. We can transform our good intentions into clean and effective mobilization for systemic change.

I identify as white, cisgendered, able-bodied, heterosexual and male, and I use he/him/his pronouns. I currently live and practice in Montara, CA on land historically inhabited by Ramaytush Ohlone (Chiguan tribelet) peoples. I also maintain a practice in Minneapolis, MN on land inhabited by Dakhóta and Anishinaabe peoples past and present.

In addition to my training in Somatic Experiencing, my background is in chiropractic, acupuncture and teaching yoga to men in recovery in the style of Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga.

My greatest hope is that those who work with me experience a deeper connection to Authentic Self, Essential Goodness, Life Force and Vitality.

Thank you,

Daniel Gaustad, SEP