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Listening to the Somatic (the Body's) Story

How does this relate to Whew!'s services?

           The body keeps the score.

             Bessel van der Kolk, Psychotherapist & Author

About Whew!

Whew! is a psychological business consulting firm that advises both individuals and organizations. We partner with our clients to help them strategize, navigate change points and achieve performance goals. 

We specialize in DEI consulting, Executive Coaching and Business Psychological Consulting, and Trainings.

We incorporate a unique psychological perspective that informs all our work with clients.

Why Having Empathy Works

Whew! leverages empathy in its work with clients. In fact, we believe empathy for ourselves and others is so important to the work we do that we built the concept into our name.

We emphasize empathy as something deeper than just a buzzword. Empathy is t​he ability to emotionally understand another person, to see things from their point of view and imagine yourself experiencing the world as they do.

Empathy is one of the most important skills we can have, in any role, in any setting. It is vital to have empathy both for ourselves (especially the parts we don't like) and others.

Empathy can be learned and gets easier with practice. Studies show that it can be a core resource for lasting professional and personal improvement.

Whew! uses evidence-based techniques rooted in both somatic principles and empathy to help clients enhance performance, both on the individual level (micro) and the group/organizational level (macro).

Our Mission (Expanded)

Whew!'s mission, simply stated, is to accomplish two things:

* Develop Empathetic Individuals

* Design Empathetic Institutions

To accomplish these two goals, Whew!'s mission involves the following expanded goals:

* Improve the two environments that cause the most mental health challenges - work and school.

* Partner with organizations to create nurturing and inclusive environments for all employees.

* Partner with schools and other organizations that work with children to create environments that nurture every child's core identities.

* Partner with leaders of companies and schools to empower them to bring their best, most authentic selves to their leadership roles.

* Help individuals develop and employ more empathy in their everyday lives, in every space.

* Give trauma-informed training to personnel and other stakeholders in both work and school environments.

* Help organizational leaders, employees and other stakeholders design more empathetic institutions.


What the Term "Somatic" Means and How It Relates to Our Work With Clients

"Somatic" refers to our bodies. Whew!'s Founder & CEO Desyree Dixon's is a practicing psychotherapist who has worked with hundreds of clients over thousands of hours.

Her psychotherapy work has taught her that our bodies speak to us very clearly about stress and anxiety, if we learn how to listen.

When clients are faced with difficult decisions, Desyree often asks them to be still and listen to what their body is telling them. It's amazing how effective this is.

Whew! adapts somatic psychotherapy techniques including EMDR and BrainSpotting to address the body’s responses to internal and external stressors. This work yields valuable insights regarding individual and organizational pain points.

Core Identity Matters

Desyree's extensive psychological expertise includes specializing in helping clients with core identity issues. She has developed innovative approaches to address challenges related to individual mental health, executive leadership and organizational change involving core identity, which she incorporates into all her work.

Desyree is passionate about partnering with her clients to improve their businesses, navigate challenges, and foster environments where people do more than just go through the motions. 

They Level UP!

Whew!'s Founder and CEO Desyree Dixon believes collaboration is an important means of developing and exploring new ideas, with the ultimate goal of improving the lives of current and potential clients.

For some time, she has searched for a university to partner with to develop and research her ideas regarding organizational change, leadership and core identity. 

She is excited to have found a home with the University of Southern California's (USC) Rossier School of Education.

Desyree is a doctoral student at USC, where she is researching and developing innovative practical applications of her work in the areas of DEI, Executive Leadership and Organizational Psychology. 

She collaborates with individual and organizational clients.

USC is a powerful collaborator that provides access to thought leaders, including faculty, classmates and alumni. USC offers a wealth of resources that support both research and real world implementation.

USC has a commitment to the development and implementation of evidenced-based practices that advance social justice.  It is "eager to drive change across different kinds of workplaces: private firms, nonprofits, government organizations and higher education."

USC encourages doctoral candidates to (i) create environments of inclusion and transparency; and (ii) "strengthen evidence-based decision-making, effective use of data, and program evaluation and assessment."

Desyree is excited to be a part of the USC family, and not just for the sports teams. She is especially invigorated by the university supported partnerships she has already formed to advance Whew!'s mission. 

Fight On Trojans!

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"We live in a cynical world, a cynical world; and we work in a business of tough competitors."

- Jerry Maguire, 1996

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