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Inspiring Conversations with Megan Zuzevich

Today we’d like to introduce you to Megan Zuzevich.

Hi Megan, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I started reading Gabby Bernstein’s The Universe Has Your Back as I started building my private practice at the end of 2019. It was everything I needed to read and more. Here we are, a little over two and a half years later and I can truly see how each piece of the story has became a building block for my present and future endeavors.

I received my MA in Counseling Psychology in 2016 and over the next two years completed the 3,000 hours of professional training required to take the Marriage and Family Therapist licensure test. In August 2018, I received my license to practice. At the time I was living in San Francisco and after a series of unfortunate events I now refer to as my Saturn return, I landed back home in Santa Clarita, CA.

When I moved home I began working for a group private practice. After a few months in, I began getting curious about what my own practice could look like. One night in my sleep, I received a message from my great-aunt who passed many years ago. Her message was clear as day and her voice was undeniable. She told me to trust myself, trust the path, and that everything would be okay.

That lesson is always easier said than done.

Fast forward to November 2019, when I opened my own private practice in Santa Clarita, CA, specializing in PTSD and trauma. I wanted to practice from a holistic perspective and change the narrative that came with managing symptoms of a diagnosis versus healing. Being a trusting space for my clients is already a privilege and my specialty in EMDR has allowed me to witness incredible client transformation at an accelerated rate that traditional talk therapy does not provide.

Sometime in 2021, I felt the call to transition into coaching. I wasn’t sure at the time what it was. Hindsight, I can see I was being guided to begin laying the foundation for something to come. After a series of lessons in patience, an opportunity presented itself. A friend of a friend in the coaching industry reached out to ask if I would teach her bilateral stimulation and memory reprocessing. Teaching has always been special to me. The thought of teaching other healing professionals this transformational technique and how to incorporate it into their practices was a full-body yes.

In January 2022, I began the pivot into coaching. I created my own protocol, Collective Reprocessing (CRP), which allows practitioners to clear trauma from the brain, body, and subconscious through memory activation, memory reprocessing, bilateral stimulation and energy work. I now teach coaches and other intuitive healers how to hold space for trauma and how to ethically integrate trauma healing techniques, into their practice.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
The road wasn’t always smooth but the struggles along the way have also been my greatest teachers. I grew up in the Midwest in a relatively low socioeconomic area and my mom raised me as a single mother while finishing her Bachelor’s degree. The narrative through my childhood and into my mid-twenties was definitely “why is this happening to me?”

I remember working with an energy healer one day in my late twenties who told me that just as our brains and body develop over this lifetime, our soul develops over lifetimes and the challenges I’ve experienced in this lifetime, were handpicked by me, to help my soul develop. It definitely didn’t resonate at first but as I’ve delved into my own inner work over the years I can see a pattern emerge from these specific lessons along the way:

1. Letting go is a process. I get to make the choice if it is going to feel effortless or challenging.
2. I do not need to be in control of everything in order to feel safe. Things unfold the way they are meant to and the timing of both creation and death will never be on my ideal timeline.
3. If I believe I am enough, I will always be enough.

The mindset shift doesn’t mean struggles won’t continue along the way. Just as trauma is part of the human experience, so are challenges, pain and transition.

I’ve just given myself more permission to not fall when the things around me feel like they are.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
My training, background, and experience as a therapist has laid the groundwork for my recent transition into coaching. I am a Trauma and Somatic Expert and I teach coaches and other healers how to hold space for trauma and how to ethically integrate trauma healing techniques such as memory activation and bilateral stimulation, into their practice.

A number of professional training in the mental health field require you to have a master’s degree and be pursuing a license as a therapist or social worker to have access to it. Part of my advocacy in increasing mental health awareness is providing these training to individuals who have pursued their professional trade through an alternative route and wouldn’t traditionally have access to them.

I see trauma as part of the human experience, meaning each person experiences it at some point in their lifetime. Research from Kaiser and the CDC on adverse childhood experiences validates these findings and highlights the negative health outcomes later in life from unresolved trauma.

I believe any practitioner working with humans in a professional, healing capacity should have access to learn how to work with trauma when it comes up. Working with trauma means being trauma-informed, learning how to hold the space, and techniques that give their clients massive transformation and release.

I believe healing should be available to all. That has always and will continue to guide my work.

Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs or other resources you think our readers should check out?
A few of my favorite teachers are Abraham- Ester Hicks, Jay Shetty, Gabby Bernstein, and Lacy Phillips (To Be Magnetic).

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