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Soul Exposure Testimonial

I received this beautiful testimonial from Chonteau McElvin on her experience with the Soul Exposure Phototherapy. Thank you so much for your beautiful words.
“My journey with Thinn Aung and Www.psycnomad.com started when I saw Julie Wilder photos of she and that axe. I knew I needed to participate in the soul exposure phototherapy but did not know to what extent. The little girl in me wanted to be free. She no longer wanted to hold on the the limiting messages she has been holding onto for years. It was time to expose those hurts and step fully into her power and peace. I did not think I needed the individual therapy sessions, a healer myself, I convinced myself Thinn was not capable of holding space for me. I was wrong. She was sensitive, insightful, and strong. She supported my process of peeling back the layers of healing and facilitated a sacred space for my inner medicine woman to emerge from behind the shadow of the wounded child. Here’s the thing… we all have unclaimed parts of ourselves waiting to come home, the task at hand is, to call our spirits home and be ready for their integration. What Thinn and Chris facilitate is sacred and unique. They have only touched the surface of the depth to which they will support others in their healing journey. In short, soul retrieval is a mysterious journey I do not pretend to understand, I am just so grateful that on this leg of my earth walk, I was supported so lovingly and genuinely. Here are a few pictures I wanted to share.”

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Blessed

As some of you know, I only started my journey as an entrepreneur at the beginning of this year. Here is a bit of history. I returned to work when my son was around 3 months old in the Cayman islands where I had a great flexible schedule of working from 7:30am -3:30pm. The amazing company I worked for allowed me all I needed to be a working mother but due to circumstances that were out of my control, we left the island and moved to Orlando, Fl. Working as a therapist in a residential recovery center, I didn’t expect the level of flexibility I had in the Cayman islands but I was burned out after a few months as I struggled to leave home at 6:45 am and return home at the earliest at 7:30 pm and a lot of the times it was after 9 pm. My husband was exhausted as he works full time and also took care of our son before and after work. Our son was exhausted as he was in daycare from 8am -630pm everyday. We were disconnected as a family and just simply burned out.

It took several months of job searching and self exploration to finally acknowledge that if I wanted the balance I was seeking, I needed to make it happen.  This is when Psycnomad really came to life.  I have turned down job offers since I started my business and have stopped looking for anything else for my career.  I have made some amazing connections and gained beautiful support from circle of women and men who are always available to lend a voice or hand.

These days, I am so grateful to have my own business and the balance to stay at home with my two year old son. Every day is a balancing act to make sure I am giving my son and my business the quality time they both need to grow.

Its not easy, but when I get feedback like this for the work I’ve done with my clients, it makes everything worthwhile!!! This is some of the feedback I received from my very first Anger Project, which took place last month.

NOTE: I got a lot of lovely kisses with my feedback 🙂

“I’m feeling great! Lighter still 😘”

“Almost like I know what to do now if I feel anger or another emotion stuck…”

“I am doing fabulous. Realized that now not only do I have permission to be angry but I have permission to be happy. Didn’t even realize that was missing. Thank you all! 😘”

“I felt super happy for the few days that followed our workshop. Guess letting all that go let me bring more happy in!! 😘”

“I love my painting! I definitely feel connected to it and my outward expression of the anger I had held. I don’t care if anyone else likes it, it holds meaning for me and for that I am grateful.”

“I feel renewed and happy. Thank you, Thinn Aung, for creating a safe place for us to share and express ourselves.”

If you are interested in the upcoming Anger Project on June 25, please email me on psycnomad@gmail.com.

My Soul Exposure

I feel I need to talk about my own experience with phototherapy and how it planted the seed in my mind to start the  Soul Exposure PhotoTherapy. I hope that the story of my journey and the journeys of others will help in the greater understanding of emotions, acceptance and caring for these emotions.

The idea of photographing emotions and vulnerabilities started about 10 years ago with Ruth Solis, who was my roommate and my soul sister. We had been living together for 5-6 years by then and knew each other’s trials and tribulations with life and the relationships within it. Ruth had started her photography business – Solislife Photography – and had an amazing talent of capturing beautiful moments in peoples’ lives.

At the time I was going through quite a struggle with my recovery from an emotionally abusive relationship, facing a lot of grief and loss. Not just the loss of a relationship, but the loss I felt of my perception of who I was, my worth and my self image. Also, several self-destructive patterns had emerged during the relationship. Ruth thought it would be great to capture what was happening to me and call it phototherapy.

We decided on three personas I identified with, and which were present within me at the time. Firstly, I looked to this angry and dominant (but sexy) woman who is fearless and very open with her sexuality. Then came the vulnerable inner child, who needed to not feel the emotional pain but would inflict physical pain to avoid it. The third persona was a confident woman, who would emerge after the healing took place.

We didn’t know what we were doing – I had not even started my Masters program in psychology at the time, and was still quite unaware of my own emotional journey – but Ruth’s idea came to life, and I was able to embody these personas and emotions as Ruth captured them. I was able to feel and heal each emotion without fear of hurting myself or others. I was able to be vulnerable without feeling judged. Now, 10 years later, I am able to look at these photographs and see how much growth I’ve made, and remind myself how much strength I have within me to overcome life’s challenges. Ruth completed one more phototherapy project with another friend, and we realized that this was something special and powerful.

We have spoken about it often through the years, and had always wanted to do something more with this amazing, healing idea. Now, finally, I am able to fulfill my dream to offer this powerful therapeutic project to others here in Orlando. And perhaps the best news is that Ruth Solis, my wonderful Soul Sister, will be the photographer capturing Soul Exposure PhotoTherapy in Los Angeles!  So in my world, DREAMS they do come true! Much love.

 

Women Empowerment Meet-Up Group

On every 3rd Saturday of the month, I am getting together a group of women from all walks of life for an exchange of support and empowerment.  This is taking place at the Riverside Park in Oviedo.  The first meeting will be on April 23rd at 4:30 pm.  You can find more information about the group and upcoming meet ups on

Women’s Empowerment Meetup (WEM)

Oviedo, FL
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We are a group of like minded women getting together to empower one another, find work/life balance, have fun and explore new ways to live an authentic life.  We can touch on …

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Saturday, Apr 23, 2016, 4:30 PM
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A Smashing Good Time

I am really excited to be working with the emotion ANGER. I know its a strange thing to say but after being in the mental health field for over 10 years, I see how it is one of the most suppressed emotions in this world. It is seen as ugly, destructive and evil in a lot of cases but you know what? Anger is an emotion that is trying to protect your @$$. Anger is something we’ve all experienced and it is here to stay. Its going to rear its ugly head when something feels threatening. Most of us are told to stay calm, relax, don’t get angry, take a ‘chill pill’ – well guess what? There is only so much of that you can do. Its gonna come out somehow – especially if its something you’ve been pushing back in for a long time. Maybe you’ll snap at your spouse, make a snarky remark to your coworker or throw up a middle finger in the traffic, but its going to come out like a leak in a pipe and if the pressure continues to build. Then its going to blow and its going to be ugly! Anger can trigger dangerous behavior and there is no excuse for people who use anger to hurt others. So if you feeling frustrated and angry, and feel like you are about to blow … you need to face it and deal with it in a healthy way.

Especially with social media, I find my emotions being rattled in all sorts of directions. There seem to be a lot of angry people out there!!! There is an angry remark for anything and everything, even something natural like breastfeeding a baby who is hungry (sigh). The best way to deal with anger, or any emotion, is to recognize that you are experiencing it, own that emotion and accept it as yours. Give yourself permission to experience that emotion – because it is communicating to you your needs – and then find a way to let go. Easier said than done, perhaps, but with the help of friends, family and professionals, it IS achievable.So, if you are feeling the need to blow up some angry steam…go ahead and scream in your pillow, punch a punching bag, hit a piñata, or buy some clay pots and have a smashing good time!!!

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Game on

I am feeling quite challenged lately; positively challenged, through a shift I’ve experienced in my life which was never in my thoughts or plans. I’ve started this business and things are happening, the path ahead of me is constantly shifting and its so exciting. I’ve never planned this or even really thought it to be possible, but I’ve always wanted it. It seems like everything that is needed for this business to succeed in the Universe is aligned. It all started while living in the Cayman Islands, winning the Greencard Lottery, getting a job offer in Orlando, hours needing to commit to the job didn’t suit my needs, joining a CSA – Maya Papaya Organic Farm – because I love their delicious veggies, finding the Wilder Moon Womenpreneurs  Gathering with Julie Wilder being hosted on Maya Papaya farm, and the rest is an amazing journey of self discovery, growth, business development, coming out of my shell and just becoming part of an amazing and genuine group of entrepreneurial women.

So many people have helped me along the way and I am continually getting more help. I am amazed at the wisdom and strength of those who have selflessly given me the tools to succeed in this journey as a businesswoman – a social entrepreneur. The challenge is in believing that this is happening and it is a bit scary, but the high of using my talents and creativity beats any secure 9-5 job that I could ever work for. So I am giving thanks to all who have given me the support through my trials and errors. Love!

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Emotionality: THE ANGER PROJECT

The best way to deal with anger is to recognize that you are experiencing it, own that emotion and accept it as yours. Give yourself permission to experience that emotion and then find a way to let go. Easier said than done, perhaps, but with the help of other peers and myself, it will happen. Lets blow up some angry steam and create some art in the process. We will also have an amazing professional photographer; Chris Court, present to capture you emotions and a talented drummer; Mark Demaio, to stimulate your senses. You will be provided with all the materials for the event and will receive digital copies of the photography and your own art creation. Lots of exciting stuff!

WHERE
Maya Papaya
245 Beasley Road, Oviedo, FL

WHEN
Date: May 7th, 2016
Time: 3pm-7pm

DURATION
Duration will be approximately 4 hours.

COST
Cost is $150 which includes materials for the project.

A non-refundable $50 deposit is required at registration.

Please Contact me to reserve your spot now.