Meet the Practitioner
I’m Kate Hartman, the practitioner behind Rooted Bliss LLC.
This page describes a little about me and my background.
My journey to becoming a practitioner started when I experienced a major trauma in October 2014 – I was attacked by a stranger while riding my bicycle home. I had several broken bones in my face as a result, and I was very shaken up. The physical injuries healed within weeks, but for months afterward I found myself stagnant. I was frozen in a distracted state, unable to leave the house or go about my daily activities. I felt helpless and stuck, and not at all like myself. Waves of anxiety would come over me at bedtime, making it impossible to sleep. I knew I needed help.
I tried traditional “talk therapy,” and although I really liked my therapist and found her very compassionate, the process of trying to talk about what happened actually made my symptoms worse. I would go to a session and find myself unable to function the rest of that day, and in general I was having more crying spells, spaciness & dissociation, and a greater desire to use substances to numb out. I knew there had to be a better way to address my symptoms. I began searching for alternative healing methods, and that’s when I found Somatic Experiencing (SE).
My first SE session as a client was a revelation to me. The session felt simple, clear, and meditative. We focused gently on the body sensations that were arising in the moment, rather than going over the story in my head of what happened. The practitioner offered gentle, over-the-clothes touch to help my body feel safe. We also focused on my resilience by recognizing that I lived through it, I made it. After only one session, I felt like a Human Being for the first time in months. I went back for about 15 sessions in all to heal that single-incident trauma, and in the end I felt better than I had before the attack happened. SE gave me my life back, and completely resolved my PTSD symptoms.
I knew then I had to pay it forward and share this work with the world. I immediately signed up for training in SE and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. PRYT provided a backdrop against which to offer SE. It includes a way to structure a session from beginning to end, as well as a dialogue process. It is based in the principles of informed choice, embodied presence, and unconditional positive regard. While I don’t necessarily offer a full PRYT session to every client (depending on the client’s needs and background), the intense training I went through still deeply informs the work I do.
It took 4 years to become certified in these modalities, which I did while living in Colorado. In 2019, my fiance and I moved to Evansville, Indiana, where I started my private practice. I am continuing my education with Gabor Mate’s Compassionate Inquiry and Kathy Kain’s Touch Skills Training, as part of my goal to become a well-rounded alternative practitioner. I offer the ancient wisdom of yoga through PRYT and the resolution of trauma and stress through SE. With my continued training, I can use skilled touch to create deep bodily regulation, and an inquiry process to coach the client’s awareness toward the root of their present issues.