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Creative therapist opens new studio in Bayview

Lisa Fladager enjoys a stay on Galiano Island. The creative therapist celebrates her new studio, BodySoul Work, with an opening gala today. - Photo courtesy of Lisa Fladager
Lisa Fladager enjoys a stay on Galiano Island. The creative therapist celebrates her new studio, BodySoul Work, with an opening gala today.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Lisa Fladager

Tend to the soul, through the pathway of the body.

This is the kernel of a larger truth that depth psychologist Lisa Fladager wants to convey to anyone entering her new practice digs at BodySoul Work in Bayview.

Fladager welcomes everyone to the gala opening of her new psychotherapy studio in the Sears Annex at Meinhold Road from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 19.

“Everything we are lives in our bodies,” Fladager said.

Now she is giving bodies more room to move, to breathe and to help the mind relax and heal.

Fladager has been in private practice in Langley since 2000.

The goal of her work is the restoration of psychological and physical vitality, creativity and presence to one’s everyday life. Fladager is at work on her doctorate degree in depth psychology/psychotherapy while continuing to practice, and is expanding her scope of work.

Fladager said it’s an appropriate time to celebrate her new space. Creative Arts Therapies Week begins March 20, and moving next door to the Chiropractic Zone, Fladager said, makes the historic parcel near Bayview Corner a healing arts center of sorts.

Langley builder Carl Magnusson worked with Fladager to redesign and reshape the building into a warmer, larger practice studio, designed to give the body plenty of room to nurture the soul.

The building has a history that Fladager said is symbolic of the healing aspect of her work.

When the Bayview Cash Store was refurbished in part with some of the redwood from Langley’s old water tower, the spirit of the trees remained.

“The oldest, soulful giants produced the wood planks that were straightened and resurfaced in the Sears Annex cottage,” Fladager said.

“It’s symbolic of a place of transformation. The wood needed to be reworked; ready to take on a new existence,” she added. And that’s similar to what she hopes to help her patients do through depth psychology.

The floors are made all of recycled cork, the finish on the walls is a warm yellow and there are new areas in which to house the sand-clay figures she uses in her work, along with a place for patients to create art, to dance and to sit.

“It’s very protected and private, like a little sacred space,” she said.

BodySoul Work is a place where Fladager helps people move beyond the constraints of modern medical practices, which she said have split apart the connection between the body and the mind.

Depth psychology, she said, is interested in what is underlying a problem, a situation, or an issue — whether it’s the general flow of one’s life, or a specific symptom.

“In my practice, I work with clients to create a listening space,” Fladager said.

“We ask and then listen to what the body is saying, what the symptoms are saying, and what the dreams are saying.”

Using tools such as sand play, expressive arts and movement to support the depth psychology, Fladager’s goal is first to reduce suffering.

“I help people gently inquire how the body comes into play, and to find what is the deeper language of a symptom.”

Fladager tries to help her patients access such a language by moving around an open floor in the studio, to explore one’s dreams through the body, or through painting images.

In Greek, the word “psyche” means soul or breath, and “therapy” is translated to mean attend to.

“We see from this that the original aim of psychotherapy was to wait upon, care for, or tend to the soul,” Fladager said.

“We can all benefit from such a practice.”

BodySoul Work is in the Sears Annex Cottage, 2812 East Meinhold Road. To contact Fladager, call 360-221-2677.

Patricia Duff can be reached at 877-316-7276 or pduff@whidbeynewsgroup.com.

 

 

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