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What is Reiki?
Reiki means universal life-force energy. It is an ancient Tibetan energy healing modality that was rediscovered by a Japanese doctor, Mikao Usui, in 1922. Reiki can be done either hands-on or hands-off. A reiki session can be in-person or remote. I generally work in-person. When I do hands-on healing, I only touch from the knees down to the feet, shoulders and arms, the back of the torso, and on the head and neck. Client consent is always acquired prior to any hands-on session. Most clients report feeling more relaxed after reiki. It can help give you more awareness of your thoughts and feelings, and help you feel more embodied and present, while helping you heal. Consistent reiki can help heal both physical and mental health issues, although it is not meant to be a replacement for conventional medical care. Reiki is also great as a preventative measure and for energetic maintenance, helping you keep a clear luminous energy field.
Here is a great, informative article about reiki and its effectiveness from the Cleveland Clinic if you'd like to learn more:
What type of trauma therapy do you do?
I do integrative therapy, which means I combine traditional talk therapy with holistic health modalities. For talk therapy, I utilize narrative therapy, acceptance & commitment therapy, dream-work, and parts work.
- In narrative, you tell your story in order to process the trauma and extract meaning and new perspectives from your story. The narrative process helps release you from the effects of trauma by allowing you to take control back over your story and close the chapter on trauma, leaving it and it's associated triggers and feelings as experiences from the past, rather than being stuck in trauma reactions & survival mode in the present.
- Acceptance & commitment therapy is based on Zen Buddhism. It's key components are: accepting your thoughts, physical feelings, and emotions without judgment; and aligning your life to values chosen by you.
- In dream-work, you will discover how to interpret and find meaning in your own dreams. I will not interpret them for you, but will guide you through the process.
- Parts work helps you reconcile conflicting inner parts of yourself. Sometimes people find that they need to embrace a "part" and integrate it into the whole. Other times, people find that there are "parts" that need to be released because they are no longer serving their core self. These parts typically develop as a way to survive a trauma. Once the threat of the trauma is gone, a part may not be of use anymore, and can actually do harm to the core self. It is possible for parts to heal and integrate or to be released. Reiki has been very useful in helping my clients heal or release these parts.
- By combining talk therapy with reiki healing, clients can verbally process, identify emotions related to stressful events or traumas, then consciously release those heavy emotions and the corresponding stuck energy during reiki. This integrative combination allows clients to heal on multiple levels: emotional, mental, and energetic/spiritual.
Here are a few resources to learn more about integrative trauma therapy modalities and their effectiveness:
What is Trauma-Sensitive Yoga?
Trauma-Sensitive Yoga is gentle and empowering. It creates a safe and comfortable space within which to practice yoga. I teach classical Hatha style yoga. My lineage, Shambhava Yoga, views yoga as a spiritual practice. I became certified in Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in addition to Shambhava Yoga to ensure I could cultivate a safe space for trauma survivors wanting to try yoga as a healing modality. "Trauma-sensitive" or "trauma-informed" are used interchangeably, however these terms have a different meaning than "trauma-focused." Trauma-focused means that verbal processing of trauma (ie. sharing trauma stories and how it impacted you) will be occurring in a group using that title. Trauma-focused groups can be triggering for some people. Trauma-sensitive or trauma-informed yoga does NOT include group trauma processing. Rather, it makes accommodations to ensure autonomy and safety while giving you time for introspection and embodiment. Trauma-Sensitive Yoga does this by intentional use of language, avoidance of triggering yoga postures, giving you choices, and creating a sense of unity among the group.
Here is research from the Trauma Center and Dr. Van der Kolk for more info on Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TSY) & its effectiveness for reducing PTSD symptoms:
Can you diagnose mental illness?
Yes, I am a licensed clinical social worker and am qualified to diagnose mental illness conditions. If you are looking for an assessment, but have not yet decided about treatment, we can start with a diagnostic assessment, then you can choose if you want to proceed with treatment.
Are you unsure if you are experiencing mental illness symptoms? Here is good, reliable info that might help:
Do you do couples or family therapy?
No, I do not work with couples, nor do I do family therapy.
I can refer you to some great marriage and family therapists if this is what you need.
If your family members want to support your therapeutic journey but are unsure of how to do that, NAMI provides wonderful resources and free family support groups.
Find out more here:
Do you work with children?
No, I do not work with clients who are 17 or younger.
Do you take insurance?
I am able to take insurance from these providers: Aetna, Cigna, Optum, United Health Care, and their affiliates.
Do you take Medicaid?
At this time, I am not able to take Medicaid or Medicare.
What are your payment options?
I have a sliding scale fee structure for those who choose to pay out-of-pocket. You choose one of the fee options below, and that will be your fee per session. I can accept cash, card, PayPal, or Venmo.
60-minute Individual Session: $88, $99, $111
90-minute Individual Session: $122, $133, $144
90-minute Couples Therapy: $177-$188