Expressive Art Therapy.
Internal Family Systems.
My name is Jessica Cudney (she/they)...
I'm a queer, trauma informed:
Mind-Body therapy Practitioner,
I support you to bring your life into greater resonance with your soul's purpose.
Through our work together I support you to reclaim your wholeness, reconnect to earth wisdom, soften into presence, shed limiting beliefs, and re-shape patterned ways of being that desensitize you from feeling your interconnection with the whole of life. This process involves aligning your thoughts, emotions, and actions with the most expansive parts of yourself that lead you toward flourishing and empowerment.
Do you long to embody self-compassion, connection and confidence?
Do want to experience more ease, flow and presence in your daily life?
Are you ready to reclaim your power, align to your soul's purpose, and embody the change you seek?
I CAN SUPPORT YOU TO...
+ Shape your life with intention, vision, and skillful action while being guided by your deepest held values and inner truth.
+ Nurture self-trust through change, build resilience in the face of uncertainty, and cultivate the capacity to be with discomfort.
+ Greet your life circumstances with compassion and engage practices that allow you to process, feel, name and be with hard emotions such as guilt, shame, grief, rage, fear, and anxiety.
+ Untether from internalized systems of oppression and patriarchal thinking that disempower you; unlearn conditioned/colonized ways of being that get in the way of authentic flourishing.
+ Make necessary lifestyle shifts to divest from the addictive consumer machine that's destroying our planet, and disentangle from individualistic thought patterns that keep you stuck in fear and scarcity.
+ Cultivate radical self love by investing more energy, time and resources into practices, people and things that actually nourish your radiance, confidence, aliveness and joy.
+ Develop empowering relational skills that deepen intimacy and trust by cultivating your voice, speaking your truth, claiming your boundaries, expressing your feelings, clarifying your needs, taking healthy risks and expressing yourself in bold new ways.
+ Honor the wholeness of what it means to be human; experience yourself as part of an interconnected living world who is fluidly adaptable to change.
+ Strengthen your intuition by learning the language of your body and develop daily rituals that anchor you in spiritual connection.
THIS IS FOR YOU IF...
YOU ARE CHANGING and your lifestyle no longer reflects who you are becoming. You are ready to break out of the mold and create a life that aligns to your values.
You want to create a life of meaning, purpose, authenticity and intentionality - a life that nourishes your soul.
You feel the weight of these times and it's having an impact on your mental health and wellbeing. You want to enjoy life but it's hard to stay centered in the midst of so much uncertainty and change.
You want to contribute your creative energy to building a new world but don't know how.
You long to feel connected to a sense of purpose and meaning but feel bogged down by the daily grind and stuck in the same old routine. You are ready to inhabit your body from a place of freedom, agency and power.
You are ready to face your colonial shadows and to heal the ancestral trauma that keeps you complicit in the colonial capitalist paradigm.
You are ready to lean into discomfort, make friends with change, and embody resilience in the face of challenges with curiosity and faith.
You want to show up in your relationships with confidence and are done performing and pleasing. You're ready to step into your voice, communicate your needs, claim your boundaries and express your truth with care.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
I approach sessions with great intention, care and reverence. I prepare for them as I would any ritual, taking time to clear and ground. I view each session as a powerful co-creative process where absolutely anything is possible, magic abounds, and transformation is already underway. For this reason, I like to draw upon the image of a cauldron as a way to understand the alchemical nature of the transformational work we do whereby the existing form is dissolved to be recast into a new form.
The transformational journey of embodying your souls purpose is a creative (life/death) process that involves changing the current shape of your life and becoming fluidly adaptable to emerging realities. I come from the perspective that we are evolving beings capable of generating sustainable, actionable change that reflects what we care about. This involves unifying realms of thinking, action, sensing, feeling, and perception.
I provide a process-based space where I invite you to anchor into your felt experience, create spaciousness to "be with" what is arising, awaken subtle pleasures in the body, nurture your curiosities, pay attention to what lights you up, and magnify your wisdom and strengths.
I work with folks one-on-one and currently online via zoom.
SESSIONS MAY INCLUDE:
Intentions, goals, values exploration
Intuition strengthening exercises
Meditations & visualizations
Unpacking cultural trauma
I work with people for 60 minutes on a weekly, biweekly, or monthly basis. The more frequently we meet in the beginning, the deeper we can go.
I offer free introductory consultations. These are about 30-minute video calls where we can discuss what calls you to coaching and more about my practice.
"Connecting with Jess is like connecting with an old friend that gets everything about you! Unlike traditional talk therapy, Fraudian, and the cognitive approach, Way of Belonging offers an eco-somatic, mindfulness, movement and nature based therapy. I found this therapeutic approach to be extremely practical, in both understanding my body’s nervous system (how my mind/body responds to emotions, memories and stimulus) and in how to intentionally integrate tools that allow for opportunities to be connected to my natural state of being. I also learned that you do not need to relive trauma in order to heal from it. Jess facilitates a network of tools that support your overall healing and way of being; creating new pathways of thought, feelings, and ways of relating to self and the greater universe. I didn’t realize, until working with Jess, how disconnected I was from the things in nature that settle my nervous system and help me feel safe. I will continue my life long journey of finding peace within myself and appreciating the space that I take-up in order to nurture my growth. Jess is compassionate, insightful, authentic, and inspiring. I look forward to continuing our journey together."
- BRT, 2023
Jessica is a queer animist, trauma-informed Mind-Body Therapy Practitioner and community eco-ritualist who holds the importance of body-centered and nature-based transformation as central to healing and justice. Through her personal practice, Jessica seeks to support folks in creating a life of meaning and purpose; aligning daily practice with deepest held values; making necessary lifestyle shifts that make room for more aliveness and presence; and unlearning conditioned/colonized ways of being that get in the way of thriving. Grounded in radical ethics and social justice values, Jessica challenges and supports clients to take an honest look at themselves, while deepening their capacity to hold themselves and others in loving regard.
EDUCATION & TRAININGS
Certified 40 Hour Conflict Resolution & Mediation | SEEDS Community Resolution Center (2022)
Intro to Restorative Justice | SEEDS Community Resolution Center (2022)
School of Climate Change | Oxford Climate Society (2022)
Anne Braden Anti-Racist Organizer Training | Catalyst Project (2021)
Certified MindBody Therapy Practitioner | MindBody Therapy through Embodied Philosophy (2019-20)
Relational Life Therapy Practitioner | Relational Life Institute with Terry Real (2019-20)
Certified Reiki Practitioner | Reiki Levels 1 & 2 with mentor Mara Bishop, M.S., Th.M., C.S.C., Reiki Master (2019)
Advanced Energy Training for Empaths with Wendy DeRosa (2018)
EcoArt Therapy Training | Project NatureConnect (2015)
BA in Political Science and Social Justice & Peace Studies | Western University, Ontario (2006-10)
I was in my mid-twenties when I finally committed to my soul's path which led me on a journey of radical transformation. Everything in my life changed after that. Of course, the impetus to do so was only after many years of chasing some version of success that society deemed appropriate and dating people who were emotionally unavailable (and with whom I repeated the same old toxic patterns that naturally arise between hurting people). I was living in a metropolitan city at the time, working a 9-5 job, bartending in the evenings, and fitness competing as a hobby. I was miserable and finally hit rock bottom. I remember how anxious I used to feel, how addicted I was to the highs and lows, the constant feeling of not being or having enough, and the feeling of insecurity that plagued me. I remember the ways I used to perform confidence as a means to feel validated and yet how willing I was to compromise my truth and the things I valued to please others, how I kept myself small so as to not take up too much space. In so doing, I abandoned my true self, neglected my desires, suppressed my authentic expression and presented a lifeless version of myself. I gave away my creative power not because I wanted to, but because this is what I learned. I didn't know my inherent value and because of that I attracted oppressive life circumstances that would exhaust and deplete me. One day I recall looking at myself in the mirror unable to recognize who I was anymore. My face was covered in makeup (I could barely look at myself without it on). I was exhausted and dis-enchanted by the daily grind. My external life no longer reflected the internal beauty and complexity of my inner life. My relationships took on a monotonous tone, my lifestyle didn't reflect the richness of my value system and nor did either fulfill my soul's longing. I felt deep sadness when I realized that I had compromised myself and that I was living a status quo life simply because it was familiar, and yet this moment of realization was a wakeup call. It motivated me to go after the life that I knew I was deserving of and that reflected the richness and beauty of my true self. It was time to take back my power. I came to the conclusion that I had to leave and it had to happen as soon as possible. I knew in my heart that another life was waiting for me. Something had to change and only I could make it happen. That’s when I decided to travel (which my privilege afforded me). At the time I only had $2000 in my bank account and didn't have a plan. I gave myself to the wind without a clue of where it would lead me. I learned to pay attention to my curiosities and to the things that made me come alive. I learned to trust myself as I surrendered to the flow of life. I was no longer willing to settle for a life that wasn't mine and challenged all of the parts within me that felt comfortable with a status quo life. I committed to investing my time, energy and money in ME and the things I love and considered most sacred. I began to create a life of my choosing, one that nourished my soul, though one that was deeply aligned to my values of justice and liberation. This led me back to nature where I fell in love with a woman and became re-enchanted with life. I moved through many soul initiations that challenged me to claim my truth and to live it boldly, despite the disbelief and confusion it brought up for many loved ones. This meant confronting all of my limiting beliefs, inner self critics, feelings of failure and all of my fears surrounding unworthiness. I had to look at all of the ways I was conditioned to seek approval from others as a source of validation, and how it kept me small. Coming out and claiming a same-sex relationship brought to the surface the trauma I endured under the violent repression of the church and I had to move through and integrate layers of shame, guilt, repression, denial and other intergenerational wounds. Returning to earth was absolutely fundamental in my transformational journey. Earth as guardian and teacher. Earth as playmate and lover. Earth as nurturer and caretaker. I continue to integrate, evolve and become more of who I am through this deepening love affair with the living Land, Waters, and the spirit of place. It is from this very personal and immersive relationship to the living world that my work unfolds and the lens through which I support others in my coaching practice.
By participating in my coaching sessions, you acknowledge that I am not a licensed psychologist, medical doctor, or health care professional and my services do not replace the care of psychologists, doctors or other healthcare professionals. Transformational Life Coaching is in no way to be construed or substituted as psychological counseling, psychotherapy, mental health counseling, or any other type of psychotherapy or medical advice.