by Ellen Santistevan
In the 9 years that I have been practicing, learning, and growing as a therapist, I am drawn more and more to the subtler work of craniosacral. I feel it truly captures the philosophy that, in shedding our burdens of past traumas (physical, spiritual, emotional, generational), we can become lighter and freer, understanding where we come from and where we are going, giving ourselves the gift of eyes that can look inward, knowledge that we are beings of infinite beauty, soul, and energy.
So, why the name change?
The name, “Third Goddess”, came to symbolize, for me, an identity that I no longer hold. To name my business in such a way that perhaps unintentionally promised you that I (as the therapist) had some kind of magical power to heal you (the client) is a presumptuous act. I no longer see calling myself a “goddess” as self-empowerment but as hubris. I want you, my clients, to know that I am your partner and witness in your own healing journey. I am not a goddess but a human, imperfect and flawed, willing to walk with you.
“Unburdened” means that I devote myself to service. “Unburdened” means that this work is client-centered. “Unburdened” means that you have a choice to set yourself free, to lay down the old habits and patterns and stuckness that hold you in bondage to the past. “Unburdened” gives you a pathway forward.