The Subtle Center

restorative coaching.


subtle intelligence | somatic wisdom | slow pleasure | soulful knowing

Restorative Coaching

I help intelligent professionals create lives of greater spaciousness, clarity, and ease through the quiet art of restorative coaching. As a nonbinary individual, I bring an intersectional, humanistic, and trauma-informed perspective to my work.

Restorative coaching goes beyond both traditional coaching and therapy in providing a compassionate, grounded, nourishing, and powerful model of support that neither pathologizes our experience nor feeds into the myth that we must be constantly working to improve ourselves. Imagine supplying a seedling with the environment it needs to thrive and you'll have a good feeling for what restorative coaching entails.

As an evidence-based modality, restorative coaching depends in part on deepening interoception-- our felt-sense of what is happening within ourselves-- through honoring the rhythms and sensitivities of the physical body, bringing about a sense of renewed ownership and power in all areas of life. It operates on the principle that less is more, and that when we find ourselves stuck, frustrated, or confused, relief and clarity can most often be found in slowing down and carefully tending to the nuances of our somatic experience.

The practices that supplement restorative coaching are both compassionate and pragmatic. Those that help soothe and calm the nervous system include deep listening, slowed awareness, and nondirected rest; those designed to help strengthen intuition and inner confidence include appreciative inquiry, journeying in nature, and experiments with feedback and touch. In all cases I provide guidance, support, and a gentle attention to the uniqueness of your own inner resources and needs.

Creating a life of renewal and restoration does not happen overnight; at the same time, my work is designed to empower clients in listening to and advocating for themselves. Three to six months is generally sufficient to discover your needs and desires, experiment with new ways of being, and ground a supportive inner and outer environment conducive to your greater wellbeing.

Individual appointments are also available. All sessions are 60 minutes long.

Schedule a free 30 min introductory call here.

COVID-19 means all current programs and sessions are conducted online or over the phone.

founder

Siona van Dijk
Founder & Owner

MA, Transpersonal Counseling Psychology, Sofia University
MA, Jungian & Archetypal Studies, Pacific Graduate Institute
BA, Philosophy & Psychology, Amherst College
Amherst School of Massage Therapy

It is such a pleasure to know you're reading this.

My name is Siona. I'm a restorative coach and educator with a professional background in corporate leadership, tech startups, and large-scale group facilitation. I founded The Subtle Center after integrating a personal healing crisis that deeply transformed my life in 2014. Today it is my pleasure to assist others in creating life of greater spaciousness, fulfillment, and ease by teaching a deeper awareness of the innate intelligence of our embodied selves.

I practice both minimalism and slow living, and divide my time between Colorado and Los Angeles, California, as I love backpacking, distance running, and excursions to both forests and coasts. Meditation and art feed my soul. My personal history includes struggles with drug abuse, bulimia and anorexia, alcohol addiction, and self-injury; I share this only to affirm that no matter where we begin, genuine healing is possible, and that my work is grounded in a place of empathy and strength.

As both a practitioner of secular mysticism and a dedicated advocate of intersectionality, pleasure activism, and collective liberation, I feel powerfully that we are all capable of achieving remarkable lives of genuine fulfillment-- provided that we take the time to listen to and to trust the guidance of our breathing bodies, and provided that we are given the deep care and attention we need.

It is an honor and privilege to work with those who find me, and I look forward to supporting you on your own unfolding journey.

Packages:

Three month packages start at $1,700.

Schedule a free 30 min introductory call here.

No obligation. I value right relationships and these calls help ensure a good fit.

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