“Your task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself
that you have built against it.”
-Rumi

Integrating Many Models of Healing

Just as each of us has a different modality for learning, we respond to modalities of healing differently. Some clients prefer to grow in conversation while others prefer a more expressive means by which they can externalize their internal struggles. In trying to make these explanations as simple as possible, they lose a bit of of the essence from which they were created. Don’t hesitate to ask for more detailed information about those that interest you.

EMDR: Per the EMDRIA, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages and experiences be relieved by many types of psychological stress.

Somatic (Movement): Somatic psychotherapy recognizes that every human experience co-exists in the mind, body, and spirit. This is the effort to reach your memories and emotions through the body. For example, how could you move to begin a dialogue with that pain in your neck?

Narrative: This is the opportunity for you to unearth your personal story, discover your strengths, resources, passions, and road blocks to growth or change through sharing your experiences.

Cinematic: Film has the ability to bridge all cultures, religions, and differences so that we may understand our beings in relationship to the collective conscious that knows how to heal.

Art: Art in psychotherapy does not implement critique or ability. Instead, it is an opportunity to engage flow into the expansion of self and gives voice to the creative spirit. The creative spirit has much to say when we give it the freedom and means to express. For example, when was the last time you meditated by drawing with your less dominant hand? And did that hand have anything it wanted to say?

Adventure/Wilderness: With these modalities, you seek to reset your buttons with expanded self-efficacy and wholeness in relationship with nature. These experiences might include a simple walk along the river, hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing, skiing, etc. The means by which nature can contribute to your healing are endless — especially in places in Colorado and Belize, where ‘wild’ is abundant.

Shamanic Journeying: Shamanism is not a religion. It is one of the oldest tribal healing traditions of indigenous people throughout the world. Despite the variations of culture and country, the one thing all of these traditions have in common is their communication and interaction between inner self and the spirit world. Prayer, ritual, ceremony, meditation, etc. are all similar paths of communication. Through such a discipline of connection to spirit, transformation can happen. In a shamanic journey, drums and rattles are often used to shift your internal rhythms, similarly as soothing music can achieve a more meditative state. The drum rhythm closely mimics the frequency of the rhythm of the Earth. And from this, a conversation, like prayer, can ensue.

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