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Meet Meghan

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Hi! I’m Meghan, the Vaginismus Coach.

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Photography by Zoe Arnesen

Hi! I’m Meghan (she/her), the Vaginismus Coach®. I’m a Pelvic Floor Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), and Certified Hypnotherapist (C.HT), Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner & Coach, Time Line Therapy® Practitioner, EFT (“Tapping”) Practitioner, and Reiki Master.

My mission is to help people recover from vaginismus. I feel called to do this work because of my own medical history: in my 20s, I had vaginismus and five other concurrent diagnoses (#overachiever, amirite?) that were creating terrible pain in my pelvic region.

Then, pelvic therapy changed everything for me: it eliminated several of my conditions and enabled me to successfully manage the others. As a result, I began healing, integrating, feeling embodied for the first time ever, and reclaiming my life — and I want to help my clients do the same!

I know what it’s like to feel broken and hopeless. I want people with vaginismus to know that they can heal. Every person has the ability to recover and change their life! The work I do brings healing to the body, mind, and spirit. And, it consistently helps my clients get the results they want: pain-free sex, fearlessly getting a pap, and using a tampon or menstrual cup like a pro.

In addition to my bodywork, coaching, and therapy certifications, I have three academic degrees and left a Fortune 50 corporate career to pursue pelvic therapy. In my spare time, I am a vegan pixie witch, an avid reader, and a maker of therapeutic gemstone jewelry. I’ve been practicing Reiki since I was seven years old but only realized a few years ago that it had a name and that other people did it too (LOL). For fun, I’m currently learning how to play the harp.

If you’re interested in working with me, I invite you to book a free Action Plan session. I look forward to meeting you!

Credentials

Licensure & certifications

Memberships

Holistic Pelvic Care™ is a proprietary technique developed by Tami Kent, PT.

Himalayan Singing Bowl Chakra Therapy™ was developed by Suren Shrestha, founder of Atma Buti Sound & Vibrational School.

 

Training

To date, I have completed 250+ hours of specialized training in evidence-based pelvic floor diagnostics, treatment, and rehabilitation. I use a biopsychosocial approach, which is holistic and incorporates:

  • The body (biology)
  • The mind (psychology)
  • The relational world (sociology)
Some of my teachers have included Dr. Kathryn Kloos, ND; Carolyn Vandyken, BHSc, PT; Dr. Nicole Cozean, PT, DPT; Michelle Lyons, PT, MISCP; Tami Kent, PT; and Leslie Stager, RN, LMT.
 
In the field of pelvic therapy, I believe that competent and compassionate care for trauma survivors and LGBTQIA+ folx should be a non-negotiable standard. I make it a priority to continually pursue training and learn best practices for serving these communities.
 
  • I have studied trauma-informed care with Bessel Van Der Kolk, MD; Talli Rosenbaum, MSc; NICABM; APTA; and the YWCA of Greater Portland.
  • My training in LGBTQIA+ care has been from the National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center, the Global Pelvic Health Alliance, and the University of Michigan Medical School.

Trauma-informed philosophy

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Unresolved trauma in the unconscious mind is held in our bodies — in our muscles, fascia, and other connective tissue — and can often result in physical pain, suffering, and discomfort until it’s addressed and resolved.

Your body is a living, breathing testament to everything you have survived. Resting and receiving compassionate care are your birthright.

When we physically work on muscles that are storing unresolved trauma — the pelvic floor is a big storehouse for this — those feelings, thoughts, and memories can be reignited and come back to the surface, back into conscious awareness.

Not everyone with vaginismus experiences this kind of trauma response, but it is fairly common and very, very normal.

And it’s important that you work with a provider who has the training and tools to help you manage the trauma that may come up as you do the physical work of releasing the trigger points and adhesions in your pelvic floor muscles.

I believe we are each already whole and possess everything we need to heal and survive. Each one of us is the most qualified person to make choices about our own body and life. I weave this philosophy into my practice through multiple trauma-informed tools, language, and techniques.

You don’t have to do this alone anymore. I am a trauma-informed provider, and I’m here to help you, to guide you toward learning new tools, responses, and strategies that better support you. We can heal together.

Have a question? Contact me.

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