KAP Bodywork Services
In addition to our standard KAP treatment model, our practice also offers somatically-focused ketamine assisted psychotherapy, as well as standalone bodywork services
Tara Shannon is a Two Spirit somatic bodyworker, guide, and medical assistant. She graduated from the McKinnon Institute of Massage, with a focus on working with people with AIDS and women with cancer, and got her Medical Assisting Certification at Trinity College. She trained at Medicinal Mindfulness in Boulder Colorado in using legal cannabis for Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy, and she is currently studying Somatic Therapy at the Hakomi Institute. She has had many other experiences that support her work on the healer's path over the decades, including as an HIV Test Counselor and a rape crisis counselor.
Being called to the indigenous healer’s path young, her education and training as a guide for healing and integration happened outside of American mainstream institutions; her teachers were her tribal elders and the plant medicines of the Plains. Her path was deeply impacted and formed by the trauma of the AIDS crisis; as well as the absence of services for indigenous people, people of color, LGBTQ people, and women around sexual violence, generational trauma, and the criminalization of our bodies.
Adding bodywork in the 80’s brought a deeper somatic exploration of how trauma lives in and is released from the body. At that point, she turned her focus toward working as a death doula, assisting people in the process of dying of terminal disease, and the emotional and physical suffering that comes with it.
Following indigenous world view principles, she engages somatic bodywork, spiritual development, and medicinal exploration to facilitate the healing of trauma and the integration of mind altering experiences. In this modern era, she has turned her full attention toward working with people to process and heal trauma and integrate complex altered state experiences.