If you’ve found your way here, you might be wondering any of the following:
Who is Myka Hanson?
What is a somatic consultant?
What can Myka do for me?
What qualifications does Myka have?
The short answer is: I’m a 43 year old woman, wife, and stepmother living in Minnesota. I have a BA in English and Secondary Education, a MA in Special Education, a MA in Depth Psychology with a specialization in Somatic Studies, and I am currently a Ph.D. candidate at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Depth Psychology and Somatic Studies. I am a certified yoga instructor (RYT-500), a certified cognitive coach, and a level one certified Dream Tender.
I’ve spent the majority of my adult life in the classroom, teaching 11-12th grade English, teaching yoga, helping teachers become better teachers, and being a student myself. Five years ago, I hit a road bump. I found myself in a day program for Anorexia Nervosa, an illness I had struggled with for years but had never had the courage to face or address. After four months in treatment, I began to reexamine how I saw myself and what aspects of my life I wanted to change.
I moved to Santa Barbara, California, and I started my life over again. A complete restart was what I needed, and it worked. I embraced my intelligence and identity as an academic and a scholar. I began to study trauma and trauma scholarship from a depth psychological perspective. My program specialized in Somatic Studies, the study of the connection between the body and the mind. Somatics brings the body back to center and honors the body’s intelligence.
Did I mention that, when I began the program, I couldn’t feel my body? Like, if someone asked me if I had arms, unless my arm was resting on something and I could feel the resistance, I didn’t feel that I had arms. Or legs. Or a head. In the last three years, I have taken millions of baby steps to learn how to feel my body, and, today, I have a beautiful, subtle awareness of my fingers, toes, arms, and legs!
As a somatic consultant, it’s my mission and duty to help people bridge the closed off pathways between the body and the mind in order to live the best, most magnificent life possible. As a consultant, I have a vast arsenal of knowledge to share, whether your concern is personal or professional, for you or for a family member or friend. We work together to create a road map for your best future.
I am not a licensed therapist. I don’t accept clients for therapeutic modalities, though I am happy to refer you to therapists with whom I’ve worked and can recommend.
If you’re curious about how I might help you, shoot me an email or see my FAQ which outlines specific types of people I work with well. The bottom line is, if you want to improve your connection to your body and see how that can enhance your life, I’m here to help you along the way!