Cathy Wild has spent more than 30 years developing innovative approaches to healing that integrate powerful body-centered techniques with the creative process.—”I am always at my best while guiding clients into the depths of felt-experience that can profoundly transform their lives.” While expanding her successful private practice, Cathy became a popular speaker, workshop leader, and corporate consultant. She has facilitated women’s groups, writing groups, and book groups; and has taught in the extended education program at Santa Rosa Junior College.
A pioneer in somatic counseling, the expressive arts, and the field of life coaching, Cathy has also been featured as a creativity expert on the PBS television series, In the Prime. For many years, she wrote Wild Ideas, a column about personal growth and creative living that inspired her award-winning book by the same name.
Today, her life’s work has deepened and evolved into Body-Centered Healing—a dynamic, experiential process that supports clients on a profound personal journey of transformation. The results? Focus, inspiration, a sense of well-being—and, most importantly, the ability to shift formerly intractable patterns that tend to undermine our confidence and ability to engage.
A creative, multi-dimensional approach to healing.
Cathy’s approach weaves together a rich and varied background—in anthropology, psychology, painting, early childhood development, dance, authentic movement, and the healing arts—with incisive intuition and wisdom gleaned from her own healing journey. Cathy says that it is her somatic, holistic approach—integrating the mind, body, and emotions with creative expression—that leads to profound and lasting changes. “You can’t always think your way through difficult feelings or overcome them with positive affirmation and decisive action,” she says. “While traditional therapy can be helpful, it doesn’t address how to directly contact and befriend intense feeling deep in the body.”
Dive below the surface.
It’s all too easy to lose touch with essential aspects of ourselves as we become absorbed in the practical details of living. Eventually, our unacknowledged inner lives begin to weigh heavily on our creativity, relationships, health, and productivity. Chronic fatigue, destructive patterns of behavior, depression, low self-esteem, chronic pain, creative stagnation, and ambivalence and/or confusion about important life decisions are some of the many ways trapped emotional energy undermines the quality of our lives.
“But our wounds can lead us to our higher paths.” Cathy, who is also an accomplished visual artist, explains: “The route to healing, renewed self-confidence, and authentic creative expression is often obstructed with hidden fear, despair, anger, grief, and shame. Yet in an accepting environment, with perceptive guidance, engaging and exploring distressing emotions can transform a life.” Cathy provides that environment through a seamless combination of focused expertise and artful technique.
Discover treasure deep within.
With firmness and resolve, along with an open, compassionate heart, Cathy safely guides her clients toward healing and renewal. In doing so, many discover a wealth of wisdom and creative vitality. “I believe that everyone has the ability to direct valuable emotional energy toward their heart’s desire,” she says. “Every person can learn to feel nourished by his or her life. It is a great privilege to be part of that journey.”