Mind Body Techniques
I firmly believe that each person has the ability to heal themselves. With that said, a combination of these techniques will be used based on individual needs and comfort. If you have a preference we can start there and allow the healing process to unfold. The speed at which the healing process progresses is determined by you as it's important to trust and listen to one's own intuition and needs.
Mind Body techniques allow the ego and it's companion mind chatter to quiet down long enough for deep emotional healing to begin within the body. At times the brains powerful ability to navigate away from pain can cause traditional talk therapy to hit a wall in the healing process. When working with mind body techniques different neural pathways in the brain are accessed allowing the body to show and address the source of long standing issues.
Our bodies respond to everything in our mind and our environment. Often when we are unable to stop and process what we think or feel, it moves deeper into the body showing itself in physical forms. In the case of traumatic experiences, the portion of our brain responsible for rational thinking shuts down while the area of our brain responsible for survival takes over. This is true for real or perceived threats in life. When the mind and body have not been able to process the event and the emotional input that came with it, the energy of that experience gets stored in the body. This can be seen in the example of everyday stress such as tightness in shoulders, or difficulties with life changes showing up as digestive issues, and traumatic experiences that can show up as disease later in life.
An integrative counseling session will use a variety of traditional and non traditional techniques. After taking adequate time to understand your needs and areas where you would like to seek wellness we decide together which tools you are comfortable with and which techniques you would like to use.
When using Reiki & Energetic Healing in counseling session we create an intention of the area of your life needing support and healing. Next I guide you through a variety of breathing exercises, guided imagery, and/or meditation to achieve an open and calm state of being. As I provide the healing energy I will ask you what you see, hear, feel throughout the experience and I will provide the intuitive information that I receive. This often uncovers underlying causes and subconscious information that may surface. After, we will process the information and the experience, ending with any additional information or tools that you may need.
If you request to only receive the intuitive information, I then connect with you, the information you share and energy that you present with. I then provide the intuitive information I receive in order to assist you in working through presenting issues and by going to the source. At times this may include medium-ship experiences where loved ones who have transitioned appear to me in order to provide healing connected to grief/loss or other areas you are struggling with. We then proceed in the way that is best suited to support you.
When working with children I incorporate Reiki & Energetic healing with kid friendly mindfulness techniques and guided imagery. Children are encouraged to use their imaginations and feel empowered when able to visualize solutions to issues in their life. As they are guided through this I allow the healing energy to flow to them bringing their attention to any subtle changes in their emotional or physical state. I explain to children that I am a channel for healing energy in the same way a lamp and it's cord are a channel for Light in a room.
When working with couples or families the group is guided through the above techniques together. One example would be for each person to identify their desires for positive change within the relationship/s and then I ask each person to visualize what that would look like. I will guide everyone through the intuitive information I receive while providing Reiki & Energetic Healing and then we process the information and feelings once that have presented.
A counseling session that focuses on sensorimotor psychotherapy has it's own unique way of healing one of emotional & physical wounds and traumas. During these sessions after establishing a good rapport and providing psycho-educational the session will focus on one area of discord at a time. Once that area is chosen we will use techniques that focus on bodily sensations that arise and work through them in a safe process allowing the brain and body to heal dis-regulating patterns of functioning.
Spirituality is used in developing a greater understanding of self in the context of each persons world view. It can provide clarity, meaning, purpose, and understanding in areas of life that may have been unclear previously.
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Erin Hansen-Meehan, MA LPC