In addition to traditional psychological approaches, I incorporate the following offerings into my practice. Each 50 minute session is $150 and depending on what is needed, any/all of the following offerings will be part of our work together.
Trauma Reprocessing through Guided Visualization
My primary expertise is in the field of trauma and PTSD. Through many years of clinical practice and education, as well as exposure to alternative healing methods, I have created a type of trauma reprocessing through the use of guided imagery. Guided imagery uses words to help a participant visualize memories or future scenarios with the intention of bringing resolution, understanding, and empowerment to the present.
When we go through a traumatic experience, a part of our minds (and bodies) are frozen in that experience and we need help in changing the narrative of what we went through and what it means about us. Some common narratives that get created in a traumatic event include:
“I should have known better; this is my fault.”
“I must have deserved it/wanted it/asked for it, etc.
“I don’t have the right to get better or feel better.”
“People aren’t safe.” Or “I can’t keep myself safe.”
“I make terrible decisions and then suffer serious consequences as a result. I’m doomed to keep repeating this.”
These narratives keep us trapped in feelings of shame, disgust, and regret, making it impossible to move through the trauma to get to the other side, where healing and connection exist. Once you can change the narrative, that’s when you can begin to digest the trauma, and reclaim your life, emotions, and well-being.
To begin this process, I take clients through their first guided visualization where they will initially identify their sacred/safe place. This is the ultimate safe place of comfort and rejuvenation and where all further guided visualizations will begin. Within your safe place, you’ll also be introduced to a spirit animal. This is an animal that is coming forward to be of help to you at this point in your healing journey. Every animal comes with wisdom (aka medicine) to offer us and it will be key in helping the reprocessing of the trauma.
We will then identify one traumatic memory to be reprocessed first. The end goal is to be able to think of that memory without an intense emotional reaction and with the fresh knowledge of how to keep yourself safe, calm, and empowered.
Plant Medicine Counseling & Integration
Plant medicine has gained in significant popularity over the past several years and more people are choosing to use it for its powerfully transformative properties. While plant medicine circles (ayahuasca, mushroom, peyote, etc.) are held all over the world, many such circles don’t have an integrative structure; in other words, you are often given the medicine without being able to integrate the meaning of your experience afterwards.
As I have both personal and professional experience with plant medicine, I offer the opportunity to dive deep into your experiences, to make sense of the information you gained, to create a web of understanding that holds your past and present experiences, and allows you to access your future potentiality. Without this vital integration, without making meaning of your experiences, the true potency of the medicine is lost.
Reiki Attunement’s & Education
Reiki is a Japanese healing technique used to bring healing to all parts of yourself, including the mind, heart, spirit, and physical body. The word reiki is actually two separate words; rei means mysterious (and is often attributed to a higher power) and ki (or chi) is energy, thus reiki means mysterious energy.
Reiki practitioners have been ‘attuned’ in order to be conduits of reiki. When reiki is practiced, energy that flows through the practitioner is able to flow into the receiver (the person receiving a reiki treatment). We consider reiki to be highly intelligent and intuitive, as it flows into the parts of yourself that need the healing.
Reiki is a powerful supplement to other healing modalities, including Western medicine, acupuncture/acupressure, and massage therapy.
I strongly believe in empowering others to heal themselves, in all capacities, and I provide reiki education and attunement so that you can offer reiki to yourself and be connected to this healing energy continuously. Upon receiving your attunement (which essentially turns on your capacity to flow reiki through you), I will teach you numerous different reiki techniques (including the sacred reiki symbols, distant reiki to heal past and influence the future, crystal reiki grid, energy protective techniques and more) to use on yourself and literally anything and everything that you would like to bring healing to.