Bronwyn A. Talbot, LMFT, IDME, RCST®
Embodiment in relationship to self, to other and to the world around us is the primary focus of my work, which integrates somatic, creative and psychological approaches. As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT #83513), Infant Developmental Movement Educator (IDME) and registered Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist (RCST®), I specialize in parent-infant relationships, child development and maternal health. I've worked in community settings for over fifteen years utilizing psychodynamic, trauma-informed, developmental, and somatic practices to support family health, resilience and security.
In order to more directly address the body-mind connection and the lifelong significance of early relationships in shaping the people we become, I now primarily feature movement and light touch therapies in my work. Currently, I have a private craniosacral therapy practice in Ojai, CA where I work with children from birth through toddlerhood to support optimal health and development. Together with Maya Kokatay, I also offer a by-donation monthly infant craniosacral therapy clinic at Secure Beginnings (formerly the Nan Tolbert Nurturing Center), Oakview, CA.
Additionally, as an Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health specialist (IFECMH) and a Reflective Practice Facilitator II (RPF II) endorsed by the CA Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health, I collaborate with multidisciplinary professionals and organizations to employ reflective practice as a means to deepen parent-child relationship and strengthen effectiveness in systems of care. In my role as Program Developer/Lead Trainer at PEMworks, I am a co-creator and trainer/supervisor for the Parental Embodied Mentalizing Assessment (PEMA).
Maya Kokatay, RCST®
Maya is a biodynamic craniosacral therapist and mother of two, who has been supporting babies and their families for 15 years as a birth and postpartum doula. Maya trained in craniosacral therapy at the Colorado School of Energy Studies and offers sessions to infants, children and adults in Ojai, Ventura, and Santa Barbara. She incorporates somatic awareness practice with gentle hands-on techniques to support nervous system regulation and balancing. Maya also provides bonding and attachment facilitation and somatic trauma integration as learned through her studies with Ray Castellino and also as an apprentice and then birth-assistant to midwife, Mary Jackson. Additionally, among her many teachers along the way, Maya credits the time spent in childhood and young adult life working on a therapeutic horse ranch supporting people with disabilities in equine therapy, for the basis of her understanding about the nature of co-regulation and somatic processes.