Mandi Pekan, She/They/Elle
Mandi Pekan is a Registered Psychotherapist, Clinical Coordinator and Trauma Trainer.
Her work is grounded through an embodied social-justice framework that bridges the systemic, relational, cultural and political effects of trauma and healing. Mandi’ uses a bio-psycho-social-spiritual lens and draws from modalities such as Somatic Therapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy, Polyvagal Theory and The Work That Reconnects.
She utilizes body-oriented practices that work with the nervous system to promote body-mind-soul healing. Mandi believes in the importance of embodied learning, decolonizing our body-minds and moving towards liberated wholeness.
In addition, her work is centralized in systems-thinking and advocacy around issues of structural inequities, traumatic impacts of policing and the importance of dismantling youth “gang” narratives. She is passionate about empowering others to understand trauma more deeply within broader systems. She believes in the importance of unlearning, re-learning, and eradicating practices that induce trauma within social systems and the collective community.
Her areas of speciality are trauma, community development, youth, culturally-responsive and trauma-informed practices, non-profit organizations, embodied social justice, young men, and street violence. She is certified as a Trauma Systems Model trainer and delivers training on Trauma-Informed Culturally Responsive Systemic Practices. She has obtained certifications in Experiential Therapy, Somatic Embodiment & Regulation Strategies (Level 1,2,3) Somatic Family Systems Parts Work (Level 1&2) and is currently training to adopt a Decolonized and Equitable Healing Justice Framework.
“The world is not a problem to be solved; it is a living being to which we belong. The world is part of our own self and we are a part of its suffering wholeness. Until we go to the root of our image of separateness, there can be no healing. And the deepest part of our separateness from creation lies in our forgetfulness of its sacred nature, which is also our own sacred nature”— Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee