What to expect:
Counseling is a collaborative process that allows clients to tell their stories, be heard and work through difficult situations, in the present or from the past. It is through this process that individuals can gain insight, practice new skills for coping and regain a sense of mastery over their lives.
Clinical Health Counseling and Wellness is the name and focus of this practice. Clinical health counseling is a growth oriented wellness approach to counseling, moving individuals away from distress and towards a more functional and productive way of living. This is done with consideration for the whole person, including changes through development, environment and relationships.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavior Therapy, is an evidenced-based therapy that focuses on how we think, feel and behave in a variety of situations. In counseling individuals work with the therapist to identify goals, build and practice skills and better understand how they can respond effectively in their relationships and work towards meeting desired goals.
Mind Body Connection:
The mind body connection is an approach in therapeutic practice that considers both the mind, thought patterns and mental constructs, and the body, how we present ourselves in the world, how we breathe and how we feel. Mind body approaches consider the systems within our body's that work together, as well as how these systems work within our environments.
Mindfulness based practices and yoga are integrative approaches that can enhance the counseling process; while integrating a more body based, emotionally reflective and experiential method of processing.
Trauma Informed Expressive Arts
Trauma informed expressive arts strategies are developed from Eugene Gendlin's theory of focusing and the body's felt sense- see the video below featuring Laury Rappaport PhD to hear about using the arts in therapeutic practice.
Practicing Yoga in therapy:
Yoga is an ancient practice that provides alternative healing for psychosocial-and emotional difficulties. Trauma not only effects our mental constructs but also has a significant physiological effect on the body; where emotions are often stored alongside muscle memory, yoga can help facilitate the processing of emotional trauma in a way that integrates both the body and the mind.