About - Boulder, CO - Scott Lilleston
SCOTT LILLESTON, R.P., C.H.T., L.M.T., C.A.M.T
- Registered Psychotherapist (RP)
- Certified Hakomi Therapist (CHT)
- Colorado State Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT)
- National Board Certified Massage Therapist (BCTMB)
- Certified Advanced Myofascial Therapist (CAMT)
Education and Training:
- Advanced Myofascial Training and Certification, 2016
- Trauma Touch Therapy™ training, Level 1, 2015
- Hakomi Body-centered Psychotherapy advanced certification training, 2014
- Hakomi Institute 2 year comprehensive training, 2013
- Animas Valley Institute Apprenticeship, 2012-2013
- Systemic Family Constellation facilitation training
- Florida Academy of Massage and Bodywork, Honors, 2002
- Matrix Leadership Institute Comprehensive Training, 2016
- Matrix Leadership Institute Facilitator Training, Current
- Right Use of Power July 2016
- Right Use of Power Teacher Training, 2016
- National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB)
- Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP)
- Right Use of Power Institute, Teachers Guild, Boulder, CO
Teaching & Volunteer Service:
- Hakomi Body-centered Psychotherapy Training Teaching Assistant, 2013 – Present
- Hakomi For Bodyworkers Core Faculty, 2015 – Present
- Hakomi Ethics Committee Member, Present
- Native American inter-generational trauma support project, Present
- Facilitating community-based young men’s rites of passage, 2005 - present
Since 1999 I have been guiding people in soulful, nature-based adventures both internationally and here in Colorado. My own experiences in nature have been significant in inspiring me towards deeper personal growth and healing both for myself and others. I feel immensely connected to both the mountains of Colorado and the beautiful waters of the Caribbean where I have worked and lived.
In the early 2000's, initiated by my own challenging journey with chronic pain and anxiety, I began studying the benefits of body-centered psychotherapy, somatic based practices, manual therapies, mindfulness (meditation) neuroscience and other experiential modalities – with the goal of healing myself. I did find success in healing myself and became quite mesmerized by the combination of techniques and skills I was developing. I also began to understand how much positive impact they were having on my life overall. Rather quickly, I realized this was how I wanted to help others and, in a nutshell, this is where this iteration of my professional journey began.
In 2002, after completing a comprehensive training in massage and bodywork and obtaining National Board Certification and state licensure, I launched into the beginning stages of my new career working in clinical therapeutic settings, as well as holistic retreat centers. I continued to develop my skills and gain more clarity and training in developing the type of whole-person healing I was inspired by. That clarity brought me back to Boulder, Colorado!
Since returning to Colorado in 2005, I have been in private practice where I find I have the freedom to work holistically and have developed my unique integrative approach to supporting clients who are challenged with chronic pain, anxiety and depression.
In addition to private practice as a massage and manual therapist, I began training in body-centered psychotherapy in 2010. After completing a 2 year comprehensive training and separate certification in Hakomi body-centered psychotherapy, as well as other specialty trainings, I have expanded my work to include supporting clients with intergenerational trauma, spiritual crisis, major life transitions and other trauma related experiences.
Also over the last 11 years, I have discovered and explored my own Native American lineage quite extensively in mentorship with native elders. Through this journey I have recognized the deep generational trauma that exists across our culture and consequently have committed myself to supporting others in healing these traumas. This commitment includes 10 years of studying and training in the work of Bert Hellinger's Systemic Family Constellation process, which I have been facilitating for 3 years, as well as utilizing in my work with individuals.
The exploration of my own native roots also led me towards studying traditional versions of ceremony. They include vision quest, purification lodge and other traditional rituals. I also studied more contemporary versions of ceremony, which included vision quest guide apprenticeships with Animas Valley Institute.
In addition to my work with clients in private practice as a counselor and body-based therapist, I am core faculty of the Hakomi for Bodyworkers training in New Mexico and have been a teaching assistant for the Hakomi Institute’s comprehensive training since the beginning of 2014. In the summer months I can often be found facilitating soul-inspired nature-based quests for individuals in Colorado.
Outside of my professional life, I find that I am inspired by the natural world and enjoy hiking, backpacking, snowboarding, sailing and free-diving (whenever I can get myself to the ocean). My always-faithful dog companion, Hazel, is never far behind. I have had a mindfulness/meditation practice for nearly 20 years and currently study and practice in the Shambhala tradition.
I am passionate about my work! And I feel grateful to have found my own unique expression of my desire to help make the world a better place. I really look forward to talking with you to see how I can support you!