Are you Serving From an Empty Cup?
Somatic Support for
Black, Indigenous, People Of Color (BIPOC)
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I am a BIPOC practitioner who understands struggles of co-dependence, being marginalized, living in a racist society, overwhelm, and serving from "an empty cup."
I provide a body-centered approach that goes beyond just talk-therapy.
I can work with you so you can:
I have not walked in your shoes but I want to:
How I Help Clients:
I am genuine, compassionate, and intuitive. I offer a safe and nurturing environment which allows you to open up about sensitive issues.
Zeshan Mustafa, JD, RYT, CCEP..
Zeshan is a Somatic Practitioner with a focus on working with clients one-on one to heal their struggles in relationships. Her particular area of expertise is helping clients who struggle with overgiving, co-dependence, and anxious attachment styles.
She is culturally aware and sensitive. She is an advocate for anti-racist work and facilitates workshops and groups that focus on cross-racial healing. She also trains organizations and practitioners on how to work with people of color and across racial lines.
Zeshan is a South Asian American Muslim Woman. She has lived experiences of being treated as less-than and even treated like a threat to society for her identity. Her passion is supporting Black, Indigenous, and People of Color and members of other marginalized communities through her education, training, experiences, and gifts. She loves supporting people who want to make a difference in this world through activism and advocacy. She knows this work can take an emotional toll on a person and she wants to guide and support anti-racism advocates.
Clients in Recovery also have a special place in her heart. She is familiar with 12-Step Programs. She enjoys leading Somatic Self-Care trainings for people in Recovery through organizations. She has also worked with clients in Recovery both in one-on-one settings in her private practice and has also facilitated groups in Residential Treatment Facilities for residents in treatment for Substance Abuse.
Zeshan is also an Anti-Racist Group Facilitator and Mentor for Racial Equity. She has published an ebook for white practitioners and therapists teaching them how to better work with People of Color in their client sessions. The book is called, "When Helping is Not Helping: A Somatic Approach to Working with Clients of Color." It is available for purchase (per downloand) on this website.
Zeshan earned her law degree from The Catholic University, Columbus School of Law. She worked at Civil Rights organizations in Washington DC, before she transitioned into the world of body-oriented healing. She trained and became Certified as a Yoga Teacher from Sky House Yoga in 2013. She studied Somatic Healing at The Core Energetics Institute based in New York and earned her Certification as a Certifed Core Energetics Practitioner in 2018.
What I learned
I discovered that working with a body-based approach was a powerful method to get to the root of of issues and heal and transform them in ways that life coaching and traditional therapy had not. I have learned about where I was sabotaging myself and why, I learned to let in the love I deserve, and to let go of people and situations that did not meet my new standards of fulfillment.
JD, The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
BA, English Language and Literature, The University of Maryland, College Park
Certified Core Energetics Practitioner (CCEP)
Certified Yoga Teacher
Reiki II Practitioner
United States Association of Body Psychotherapy
Energy Medicine Professional Association
Core Energetics Alumni Association
Womens Business Network in Rockville, Maryland
Holistic Professionals Group in Washington DC
Individual Sessions (50 mins per session)
I offer a safe and nurturing environment which allows you to open up about sensitive issues in a one-on-one setting. I am genuine, compassionate, and intuitive. I use creative, spiritual, body-centered techniques which help free up stuck emotions and old patterns of thinking and being so you can live your best life.
In our emotional process groups you receive support, get feedback, and learn about yourself and the impact you have on others in realtime.
Group has the benefits of the body-based work we do in individual sessions but with the added interpersonal component that comes with being in a group.
It is also be a more cost-effective option if individual sessions are outside of your budget right now.
If you want to join a group contact me to learn more and/or join the waitlist.
Group Facilitator for Racial Equity
Another passion of mine is working toward racial equity. I often speak and write about racial disparities in the United States. I create educational tools and materials. I also lead and facilitate groups to teach white people and person of color how to have conversations about race across racial lines. This is to bring light to exisiting injustices and move toward cross-racial healing.
What to Expect
What to Expect in a Somatic (Body-Oriented) Healing Session
The process is experiential and experimental..
Sessions include talking/conversation and may include some interventions that open up segments in the body to get the energy flowing. Alot of the work is intuitive and I will use my deep listening skills when working with you. Each session may look different but to give you an idea..
Some techniques we use but are not limited to:
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Core Energetics is a powerful evolutionary personal growth modality. It brings together targeted body techniques and personal spiritual development. Beyond talk therapy, this combination of mind and body work, opens consciousness to suppressed feelings to help you find clarity in a unique and fulfilling way.
Core is rooted in the belief that our life energy gets held and trapped within places in our physical bodies as a result of negative experiences and beliefs formed in childhood. We use expressive and physical exercises to uncover stuck emotions and patterns so they can finally be felt, explored, and released in a safe environment. As a result, we begin feel more alive. Our life energy is freed up to flow once more. We begin to enjoy more freedom, joy, and fulfillment in all areas of our lives.
Core Energetics was developed in the 1970s by Dr. John Pierrakos M.D. who had studied under Wilhelm Reich. John founded a body psychotherapy modality known as Bioenergetics with Alexander Lowen. Afterward, John met Eva Broch who was a channel for spiritual teachings (the Pathwork lectures). He brought together the spiritual concepts of the Pathwork and combined it with the body psychotherapy techniques of Bioenergetics to create what is known as Core Energetics.
Our work is about moving toward your Higher Self which is your true essence/love. This is where you will experience joy, pleasure, love, and connection. To get there is a hero's journey as it takes a great willingness and commitment to face your inner demons. The only way out is through.
Here is the Core Energetics process according to its creator John Pierrakos, M.D. This is the process we aspire to follow.
The 4 Phases of Core Energetics