Odessa Avianna Perez, MA, AMFT, is a trauma-informed somatic psychotherapist, embodiment and social justice educator who helps individuals and groups heal from fragmentation and remember agency, magic, and belonging. She provides embodied guidance for the journey back to ourselves through writing, group workshops, trainings, retreats, and individual sessions. She is part of the Healers Collective for the Decolonizing Wealth Project, and co-leads the Inclusion and Belonging directives for SoulPlay festivals.
training and experience
- MA in Counseling Psychology, Somatics from CIIS (2019)
- Certified Massage Practitioner from CAMTC (2013)
- ThetaHealing practitioner (2011) and instructor (2016) from THInK
- BA degrees in Dance, Sociology, and Theater Arts from Rutgers University (2007)
She has over 2 decades of movement and dance performance experience, and has been practicing and teaching Contact Improvisation as a form of self inquiry and relationship alchemy for over ten years. She also has a background in community and grassroots organizing in central New Jersey around education rights and diverse local representation.
Odessa is a cis gender, able-bodied, biracial white-presenting latina. She is deeply curious about the intersection of personal and collective trauma, collective nervous system states and expression, and how we can use somatics to integrate our trauma for better relationship, community and planet. She has facilitated workshops at dozens of retreats and festivals up and down the west coast using somatics and movement as the platform through which to explore safety, relationship, building capacity for discomfort, interdependence and inclusion.
In her psychotherapeutic private practice, she weaves somatics, interpersonal neurobiology, polyvagal theory, attachment work, and social and racial justice frameworks.
With spiritual lineage in western Sufism and a background in ThetaHealing, she invites the mystical and metaphysical perspective, while remaining grounded in the reality of this planet and the structures and power dynamics we find ourselves in.