Counseling is done either in the office or through telehealth. Clients are engaged with talking and observing themselves in mindfulness. Counseling sessions are usually an integrative mix of somatic, person-centered, mindfulness, trauma-informed, existential, and attachment-based techniques. An introductory session helps the client and therapist determine a treatment plan and set some goals.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy has been extensively researched and proven effective for trauma treatment. EMDR uses bilateral stimulation to activate opposite sides of the brain repeatedly. Therapists often use eye movements to facilitate bilateral stimulation. These eye movements mimic the period of sleep referred to as rapid eye movement or REM sleep, and this portion of sleep is frequently considered to be the time when the mind processes the recent events in the person’s life.
EMDR seems to help the brain reprocess the trapped memories in such a way that normal information processing is resumed. Therapists often use EMDR to help clients uncover and process beliefs that developed as the result of relational traumas of childhood abuse and/or neglect.
Cranio Sacral Therapy comes from the Osteopathic tradition. Treatment will often center around the spine and cranium. The touch is light with long holds. The therapist is feeling the rhythm of the cerebral spinal fluid and slowing down the rhythm. This modality can be profoundly relaxing and is often used for injuries related to the spine, as well as headaches and TMJ. People experiencing stress may also benefit from this restorative treatment.
Polarity Therapy, created by Randolph Stone, is an interesting combination of the modalities of bodywork, nutrition, counseling, and movement. Randolph Stone was interested in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine. He believed there were five different energy fields in the body and also chakras. A bodywork session has three different touches, a light touch, a yang touch (rocking), and a yin touch (deep). Reflexes are used to work on different areas of the physical, emotional, and spiritual body.
Acupressure comes from the Chinese Medicine System. These points are all along the body within different meridians. Each meridian and acupressure point affects the body, mind, and spirit differently. Sessions are usually a lighter touch, as used in Jin Shin Do, the way of the compassionate spirit. These are formulas that are used for specific ailments-either physical or mental. Sessions are very relaxing and nurturing.
Trauma Informed Bodywork Clients who have experienced trauma may struggle with traditional Swedish massage. These clients may feel triggered at being touched in certain areas. In this type of bodywork session we work together to create a session that suits your needs. This is an integrative massage that may have a variety of modalities including cranio sacral, myo fascial release, as well as talk therapy. These sessions go beyond regular stress relief and into exploration and healing one’s relationship with their trauma and their body.
In the Windsong Psychotherapy suite
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