[72] S6, Ep5: Autism, energy and the body: somatic healing for autistic trauma
Topics in this episode: animals, autism and trauma, autistic therapists, health, hyperlexia, masking, proprioception, somatic healing, spirituality. energy

Dr Vanissar Tarakali is a Somatic and Intuitive Trauma Coach from British Columbia in Canada. She was diagnosed in 2017, when she was in her mid 50s. She describes herself as ‘a queer autistic mystic misfit’, and says she loves to work with people who embody contradictions of identity and community.

She has a Ph.D. in Psychology, and she offers coaching to transform trauma and sustain social change, integrating somatics, energy medicine, bodywork, neurodivergent wisdom, social justice practice and restorative yoga to heal personal, ancestral and oppression trauma.

In our conversation we talk about:

➡ Being diagnosed later in life, and finding herself finally able to understand and express her own story after diagnosis

➡ The links between autism, proprioception, health and somatic trauma

➡ Her theories around autism, energy and spirituality

Squarepeg is a podcast in which neurodivergent women, and trans and nonbinary people, explore navigating a neurotypical world and share their insights, challenges and successes.

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I’m Amy Richards, and after being diagnosed autistic at the age of 37 I’m now on a mission to learn more about different perspectives and issues around being a neurodivergent adult in a world that feels like it doesn’t quite fit.







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