Hi, I’m Denise Chang 慧明

I’m a somatic trauma resolution practitioner and erotic movement arts facilitator.

I am a queer, nonbinary femme practicing solo-polyamory on occupied Kumeyaay land. I’m a Daoist Malaysian Chinese immigrant.

My work centers the embodiment of self-worth, sovereignty and sexuality for melanated women and femmes.

I have a history of developmental and sexual trauma, and it is my stewardship to offer spaces for us to experience the liberation of our erotic essence with the practices that have supported my own healing.

As an intuitive space holder, I draw upon my own personal spiritual practice of ancestral connection, qigong, Reiki and ThetaHealing to support my community.

 

 

Receive 1:1 Support

I am currently offering 1:1 healing sessions that is a coalescence of somatic trauma resolution, erotic movement arts, spiritual and ancestral connection, and energy healing.

Work with Me

I have over 4 years of experience leading over a hundred healing circles, experiential workshops, affinity group experiences and immersive group programs.

I’ve worked with organizations and individuals such as ReBloom, Luna Dietrich, VITA Coaching to offer healing support and affinity groups for BIPOC and Queer identities.

I’ve also offered workshops on somatic healing and survivorship to universities such as San Diego State University and UC Davis.

“Through my work with Denise, I finally was able to find the missing keys that help me resolve my chronic anxiety on a daily basis and find peace, instead of spending days or hours living with anxiety in my body. Our work has supported me in being able to build community and overcome my social anxiety, and it’s also helping me and improving my relationships with family as well. I felt safer with Denise after one session that I have with multiple therapists after multiple sessions. My sessions with Denise also supported me in being able to claim my needs and wants, set up boundaries, and to be able to express them. One of my favorite things about my work with Denise is that they spent time educating me on what was going on in my body and why certain traumatic imprints were showing up for me. So, I am now armed with tools and information instead of feeling completely dependent on Denise to resolve everything that is coming up in my body. This work has been an absolute game changer for me even as someone who has done over a decade of therapy and who is an experienced mindset coach and healer in my own right. I originally started doing this work because I had hit a plateau with traditional talk therapy & I needed some support in moving trauma through my body, which I was certainly pretty sure it was the reason why I experienced such constant paralyzing anxiety… It turns out I was right and now thanks to Denise when my anxiety shows up I have the tools to be able to be with it, understand it, and resolve it. I’m grateful for their work and I am sure that I will work with them again.”

Gieselle Allen

Leadership Coach for WFOC

“Denise has a loving, infinitely compassionate and expansive, and wise, attuned, & receptive heart for holding others, holding space, and being in radical relationships with others. The work they have done to be a lover, healer, facilitator, patterns-of-trauma disruptor, teacher, learner, healer, and guide of QTBIPOC souls also seeking and practicing liberation, self-love, care, and community which will heal & save us all shines forth in every short conversation they have, every circle facilitated, each interaction, every thought of engaging with the wholeness of another person. Your heart, soul, and lived experience are centered when you’re with them; they practice radical, consensual relationships in which there is growth and patterns for safety, trust, joy, and feeling held. Through working with Denise I have learned that their commitment, skills, and receiving their natural medicine is so finely attuned to others – to me in our relational space, to the groups I have been that they held – they really show up and do the work to have a felt-sense of trauma-informed care and facilitation for BIPOC femmes and to support our collective liberation. Denise is the wonder of relationships and trust and through knowing or working with them, my own relationship with my body, self-trust, self-agency and autonomy, and respecting and living in the body & heart I reside in have expanded and exploded into so many more colors, grown in presence and are much more alive.”

Celine J.

“I have been working with Denise in the past six months 1:1. Over this time, I have gained the capacity to understand and experience greater somatic awareness. The changes are subtle week to week, but as I reflect on the entirety of my program, I realize that as a result of our sessions together, I have grown awareness and confidence to make transformational changes in my personal and professional life. Denise is thoughtful, understanding, and full of wisdom. Her active listening, compassion, and knowledge put me at ease to pursue somatic work, which requires so much vulnerability and empathy. She introduced me to useful concepts, answered my questions patiently, and worked with me to customize a program that fit my vision and needs. I highly recommend her as a guide, teacher, and friend.”

Victoria W.

Current Projects

consensual culture

This is an ever-evolving, emerging and experiential body of work that includes a relational healing framework that centers interdependence, inter-sovereignty, integrity, co-creation and compassion as embodied and energetic capacities for our collective liberation.

As of now, I am offering workshops and immersions on sexual sovereignty through consensual culture. Also in the works is a content subscription platform where I will be sharing essays, poetry and audio content for this body of work.

The People's Holistic Clinic

This project is a community of melanated holistic healing service providers offering donation-based sessions to melanated people of all bodies. 

Our vision is to make wellness an accesible priority for people often marginalized in healing spaces. 

As a founding member of the LLC, I currently support the project by offering Reiki healing services as well as program management including logistics, accounting and scheduling.