We all have trauma; it lives in our bodies. I help relieve symptoms like anxiety and depression, and shift the identity damage into growth.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Frankfort, KY
Spiritual change or crisis can take many forms. Stan Grof, an M.D., psychotherapist, and expert in altered states of consciousness induced by psychedelics or intensive breathwork techniques, uses the term ''spiritual emergency'' to label experiences ranging from spontaneous energetic awakening to psychedelic integration. I'm well-suited to help you with an intensive period of questioning or alienation due to perspective change, whether inside or outside the religious paradigm.
I've worked in addiction assessment and treatment for 10 years, and have personal experience with 12 Step. My use of trauma and transpersonal therapies is ideal for addressing process addiction (shopping, sex and love, etc.) or stabilized substance dependence, as managing these issues long-term requires investment in emotional and psycho-spiritual health. I can work within or without the 12 Step model; understanding the value of its components to your brain is the key.
My relationship with the transpersonal--the pureness that connects us beyond ego-based reality--started with a journey from crisis to awakening 20 years ago. I spent a year at a yoga ashram, and have continued to study the relationship between unifying principles of world faiths, altered states of consciousness, and depth psychology. I use Jungian and other approaches to help you navigate purpose, meaning, and integration of suffering into personal growth.
Since 2016, I've been practicing the same hypnotherapy method used in the Holistic Psychotherapy program at Cleveland Clinic (they recognize that physical disease is often linked to unresolved emotions). I don't use it for habit change like smoking cessation, but instead for memory regression that creates insight into emotional patterns--the programs you don't realize are running in the background. Relaxation, NOT a deep trance state, is all that's needed for high-impact benefit.
I've been practicing EMDR since 2017. I continue to be impressed by its impact for both single-incident or complex (chronic childhood) PTSD, although prep work is often needed if you struggle with coping. EMDR is also useful for emotional wounds you might not consider ''traumatic''--because it engages the limbic system, it accesses the subconscious, healing issues at a deeper level than you might have realized is needed.
Anxiety and depression (the opposing nervous system response) don't want to be managed with thought redirection or coping skills. These issues are cues that unresolved emotions in the limbic system need to surface and be released. Trauma science reflects this mind-body connection, but it remains underemphasized in mental health treatment. Using somatic (body-centered) approaches, I help you heal from anxiety and depression, not just cope with it better.