My journey as healer has taken me from a very western clinical approach into the more spiritual and dynamic realms of the healing arts. My classical training taught me to assess and then treat according to my diagnosis of the situation. As my skills have deepened, I realize the body is it's own best healer and is vastly more capable of expressing its needs than I am at "fixing" them. Instead, I listen to how your body and energy field unfold into the invitation of safer space and find healing often occurs solely in being compassionately witnessed.
Today, the basis of my work explores early and formative traumas that take up space in our bodies and energy fields and uses a multi-modality approach to integrate those wounds so you can live in alignment with what is most true for you.
As Lilla Watson says “If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” As my own healing process continues to unfold, I find that self-care is only one aspect of healing and that for true healing to occur, we must look through the broader lens of sociocultural and ancestral healing. An important part of my work is exploring the ways in which my own body remembers cultural trauma, examining my biases, and working towards unsettling settler colonialism in myself and the ways it shows up in the field of healing arts.
From a desire to create conversation and spaces for other healing arts practitioners to explore concepts of intersectional healing I'm working towards facilitating a monthly online meeting to share and discuss resources pertaining to liberation work in addition to attending and hosting trainings by BIPOC and Trans/Non-binary individuals.
My practice is rooted in reconnecting to the pre-abrahamic land-based practices of her ancestors in right relationship with the Spirit of this land. Vanessa is a 4th generation immigrant from Greece, both Sephardic Jew (from the Middle East and Mediterranean areas ) and Ashkenazi Jew (from Poland, Russia, Hungary, and Lithuania), German, Blackfoot, and Cherokee.
I graduated from massage school in 2006 with a growing interest for education around the science and mystery of healing and feel very fortunate to have had many talented and intuitive teachers along my way.
I view the trust of every client as a gift and view my role in our relationship as merely space holder to encourage self-connection. You are a sacred and whole being and by simply showing up, you have become my teacher and I am grateful.
In June of 2015, I founded Capitol Hill Healing Arts Collective and in March of 2017 opened our second location in Madrona. We are an amazing group of 17 healers coming together to offer an array of modalities including Chiropractic, Massage, Psychotherapy & Medication management, Sound Healing, Acupuncture, Hypnotherapy, Coaching, Astrology, Tarot, Personal Ceremony, Reiki, Ayurveda and more.
Our Madrona location offers a charming boutique Apothecary and offers weekly events and classes including Herbalism, Ayurveda, Astrology, Practitioner Trainings, Yoga, Ritual, Sound Baths and more.