Living in Hamden, Connecticut, Certified Rubenfeld Synergist, Bonnie Muller, roams the region renting office space in Cheshire and New Haven, CT, doing home visits, consulting to a preschool, instructing teachers on
bodymind awareness in schools, and leading bodymind “playshops”. Bonnie works with stressed or grieving men and women who long to rest in peace in this lifetime and she works with children who have undergone adverse childhood experiences who would rather play. Bonnie is also a licensed clinical social worker, qualifying for some 3rd party reimbursements. She supports parents’ advocacy for their child’s medical and educational needs, works with the child in a listening and playful way, and works with the parent individually, sometimes as RSM sessions, as part of the child’s therapy.
Bonnie states “I feel blessed to have worked with a spectrum of clients. My social work skills allow me to provide Rubenfeld Synergy to some individuals who have overcome developmental/social/and economic obstacles. Our deep listening and somatic leadership provide a novel experience for individuals with Down Syndrome, for example. Sessions do not always involve table or chair work but always include an invitation for the client to locate and find words for feelings previously unexpressed”.
In her teacher training at Friends Center for Children, a new preschool based in Quaker values of integrity, simplicity, peace, equality, and community, Bonnie begins with bodymind awareness and moves into concepts like “changing a sword into a plowshare is neither cool nor quiet.” A recent article describes Bonnie’s work and the focus of this preschool on addressing childhood trauma from this point of view:http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/friends_center_tackles_trauma/.
As the INARS Board Secretary and Ethics Committee Chair, Bonnie says “I love the continuous learning, discovery, and intimacy that I experience in our Rubenfeld community. I also love to stretch out on the floor and let something change that isn’t the floor. My other job is being grandma to three kids who call me Oma which means ‘old lady’ in German. I feel that life has brought me the gift of embodying my faith in the divinity and healing power in each individual. ‘Imperfect embodied faith’ sums me up.”