Somatic Experiencing News

Happy Holidays!

I would like to offer all of my previous clients a COMPLIMENTARY Somatic Experiencing session, during this season of gratitude and review..

It would mean so much to me to hear how you have been doing and to continue to assist you in any way that I can! We’ll call it a follow-up/tune-up session.

If you are not feeling the call to have another session, I would still LOVE to hear from you – even if it is just a brief note to share with me how Somatic Experiencing has had an impact on your life.

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And for those of you, who are ‘geographically challenged’ and unable to see me face-to-face, don’t forget …

But wait! There’s more…

that I offer sessions by SKYPE, as well.

I have always maintained 2 pro bono clients per week, because I think it is important to give back and I know that not everyone who needs help can afford help. Consequently, I have also set up a lottery drawing, offering 6 COMPLIMENTARY sessions for one individual.

Why 6? Because I have noticed a pattern over the years. Somewhere around the 5th or 6th session, my clients seem to have what I call “The Hellen Keller Moment” or “The Re-awakening.” Sometimes the effects of SE can be so fast and profound that clients feel better quickly, and they think they are done, even though we may have only just begun to scratch the surface.

Somatic Experiencing Brian Mahan Los Angeles And here is why I am doing all of this …

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The end of the year is always an interesting time for me. Of course there are the conscious social ‘markers’ of giving thanks in November, giving back in December, reviewing the past year and celebrating the beginning of the new year, and my birthday is in January (I’ll be 48! How did THAT happen?!) It’s also an interesting time of year, as I have had several life-changing events that have occurred in December and January.

December 21, 2003 was by far the most significant turning point in all of my life. It was that night that changed everything for me and, subsequently, many others’ lives, as well. Strangely, coincidently, or synchronistically, 12/21/2003 was the first day of the last 9-year cycle of the Mayan calendar. Now, I certainly don’t believe that world is coming to an end on 12/21/2012 amidst all of the speculation and hyperbole. But, somehow 12/21/2003 marked the end of an era and the beginning of a new one for me.

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As you may know, I was driving on the 10 Freeway in Los Angeles (4 nights before Christmas), when my car was struck by one of two cars, which were racing and dodging traffic (I never faired well playing dodge-ball as a child either). My car flipped end over end, rolled three times sideways, and slid on the driver’s door for 150 feet before crashing into a concrete wall.

In essence, my life, as I knew it, was turned upside-down, spun out of control and came to a screeching halt. Nothing has been the same since. Nothing.

And yet, in hindsight, it was the best thing that ever happened to me. Granted it has been a long hard haul in many ways, but transformational nonetheless. The past 9 years, I have dedicated myself to studying the effects of traumatic events and assisting others through my personal and professional experience.

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People often ask me, “How can you do that for a living? It must really take a toll on you!” And I always respond, “I find it inspirational. I am able to help people through their deepest wounds, darkest hours, and most disregulating experiences – even if they can’t remember what happened to them or if it has been too difficult for them to even speak about. And, I feel better after each session!”

Over the past 9 years, I have lived with a sense of purpose (to heal myself and to help others heal) and have had only two goals:

  1. To bring hope and safety to as many people as humanly possible through my workshops and retreats.
  2. To maintain a client-base of 25 one-on-one sessions per week.

Honestly, I have had a very difficult time reaching my goals. Sustaining a private practice, as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, is seemingly unattainable for one simple reason – my clients get better so quickly! Filling workshops and retreats can be challenging, as well. That seems to require an MBA in Marketing, a huge following, and event planning skills.

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Then I had a thought – and I am FINALLY getting the point of this letter!

I realized that my goal wasn’t “To maintain a client-base of 25 FULL-PAYING one-on-one sessions per week.” It is simply “to maintain a client-base of 25 clients per week.”

So, in an effort to FINALLY reach my goals, I thought I would offer all of my past clients a session! You can help me reach my goals!

If you have been so kind as to have read this far, then I am so grateful and can’t thank you enough!

So… a quick review:

  1. Call 323-459-1845 to set up a time for your complimentary follow-up/tune-up
  2. PLEASE – give me the gift of a few sentences about your experience with Somatic Experiencing
  3. Tell your friends and family about the lottery for 6 COMPLIMENTARY Somatic Experiencing Sessions with me (Follow this link to “Enter to Win”)
  4. Please join me on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube and LinkedIN

Thank you for taking the time to read this… more importantly for the impact that you have had in my life!

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