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Joelle Fanciullo, MA, LCSW
For adults whose stress affects their bodies.
Virtually throughout NY, in-person in NYC.
My Path in Healing
Home: Hear you
I've been curious about the body and what happens inside it for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I would frequently horrify my parents as I watched surgeries on television, dreaming of treating ailments the same way one day.
Then, when I was in high school, I experienced debilitating, long-term sports injuries and a dramatic decline in my quality of life. Walking, sitting, and even sleeping were painful, so I became isolated and depressed. I felt betrayed by my body, and my relationship with it became more and more self-destructive over time; I developed habits that were harmful to my health.
While missing out on nearly all of my favorite things, I tried to find new outlets for my stress, but nothing was working. That was until I discovered yoga, through the recommendation of a therapist I was seeing at the time. When I finally tried it, I was amazed by how it made me feel - it was like a natural painkiller. I could tell yoga wasn't just a physical helper - something mental or spiritual was going on. I felt a natural high, an intense feeling of relaxation, and it was dulling the intense pain I normally felt throughout my lower body. Yoga became a sort of magical solution for me, and I wanted to understand why.
I went on to study the mind-body connection, including the neuroscience and spirituality behind it. Early into my studies, I learned...
The body holds memories from past stress, and these memories affect us in the present.
These effects can show up on a mental, physical, and even spiritual level.
We don't have to be burdened by these memories and their effects for the rest of our lives.
There are ways to carefully heal the pain beneath our "invisible scars."
After learning all of this, I decided that I wanted to empower people with the tools for their own self-healing of body memories, rather than work as a medical doctor. Over many years, I continued to learn through multiple degrees and time on both sides of the therapy room. I experienced more layers of pain, as well as many more ways to heal it through the mind-body connection. Today, I bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in mind-body healing to my clients in private practice.
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