I use he/him or they/them pronouns. I am an immigrant from Romania with Greek and Romanian heritage who came here at age 4. I am a father and an activist, striving to learn and hold my positionally with respect and try to put it to good use.
Privleges I carry:
White (light skin that darkens considerably with sunlight)
Able-bodied, healthy immune system
Middle Class upbringing, college-educated
Linguistic, in that like many Europeans, I speak a multitude of languages; more importantly, that my way of speaking follows middle/upper class norms
Like most people, I discovered somatic therapy and healing because even with all those privileges, the white, cis-hetero socialization I underwent did not leave me feeling well-physically, mentally or emotionally. I learned early that my anger was not allowed (along with a host of other very important emotions), and buried it deep inside, which led to depression and codependent strategies for getting my needs met. Being an immigrant created an ability to learn and integrate systems in order to have a sense of belonging, but also a fear of being truly vulnerable, or myself.
I studied philosophy at a social justice-oriented college-I was an active Episcopalian until age 16 and was always curious about science, spirituality and the body. I finished school confused about which way to go, realizing that my liberal arts education had not only left me unprepared for life, but had also been full of biases. After a number of years spent exploring different types of activism and outdoor work, I discovered "shamanic" healing and Zen meditation. Slowly, my mind-body relationship became healthier and more honest; this excited me and inspired me to become a healer and yoga instructor, as the empowering and mindful movement that yoga provides had become a major part of my well-being. I became sober and stayed that way, and entered therapy, which I continue with.
During this time I discovered Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. It gave me a kind of healing that talk therapy couldn't-it went to the earliest roots of my identity struggles, transformed age-old patterns and began to heal me physically. BCST allowed me to experience a state of deep peace that I'd been seeking in meditation, but couldn't quite grasp because of my particular trauma patterns. I became confident, began to sleep well, became more connected to my community and became a dad. I went through an intensive training and developed a way to offer this work remotely to clients, via phone or video calls.
Over the past few years I’ve become a student of Coherence Therapy, Interpersonal Neurobiology and depth empathy. These studies have coalesced with group work in social and healing justice. I ask myself how I can be most effective today in bringing more fairness and balance into the world, and offer healing to more people. I want to lovingly acknowledge the deep support and accountability I receive from Holistic Resistance, a black-led group that creates meaningful relationships in order to dismantle all forms of oppression.