"Sally Clark is a gifted and empathic teacher and facilitator of pre-and perinatal processes, with a natural as well as a trained capacity for keen observation of personal growth process."
-- Ralph Metzner

"Sally Clark is an exceptional teacher of psychological and spiritual process. She knows her material through personal experience and deep study, and facilitates her students with integrity, humor, and powerful wisdom."
--Carolyn Conger, PhD

"Sally Clark is an experienced and skilled psychotherapist with an abundant knowledge of PPN ( pre and peri-natal psychology). She has a heart of gold and is, I believe, a sage and a people-whisperer. She listens deeply, and understands in a way that is healing."
--William Emerson, Ph.D

Birth trauma

I am so happy as I float here feeling my body grow and develop. Sometimes I feel so ecstatically connected with the dance of form and matter. The perfection of this dance touches me and moves me to another place beyond form and formlessness.

I grow, marveling at my hands, sensing light playing around me, moving to a dance not yet choreography but perfect in all its movements. Subtleties build upon themselves lifting me ever higher.

I love the connection I feel here with my mother; I love the sound of her heart beating and the sound of the blood flowing around me. I feel joy as I touch my body, lick the placenta and suck my thumb. I am content waiting for my next stage and even studying how that will happen.

Suddenly I sense that something is wrong. The water around me has disappeared and I am being forced out. Wait, I say. I'm not ready to leave. Wait -- let me do it in my own pace. Wait -- please wait. Oh, I am being crushed. My head is aching. Now I try so hard to move forward, only to finally give up, my body totally exhausted.

Somehow I am pulled, and sucked out of the birth canal. I feel like such a complete failure, wondering when the next terrible disaster will happen, wondering why I become so frustrated when I can't do something. I want to go back into the womb and birth at my own pace. Please let me do it. Does anyone understand me?

Therapeutic vision

Having a birth-time forced forward by interventions can set up a sense of low-self esteem and a disconnect from one's deeper intuitive rhythm. When work is done on this pattern, freedom and power emerge again.