Mindful Presence
Mind/Body Methods for Cultivating Inner Peace  

Hypnosis/ Hakomi Counseling/ Energy Psychology/ Trauma Releasing Exercises/ Massage


My methods all support the alignment of mind/body/spirit.

Focusing Sessions and Classes:
Focusing is a powerful, embodied inner listening process based on the principle of the radical acceptance of all parts of ourselves.  It is a way to learn how to be compassionate with whatever inside you needs care and attention.  Focusing was developed by Eugene Gendlin who did research on what makes counseling effective. He found that when clients attend inwardly to a 'felt sense,' then positive changes happen.  Once learned, Focusing can become a solo or peer-to-peer practice. Also, Focusing can be integrated into any profession for helping living processes move forward and to enhance creative problem solving.  I will soon be teaching Focusing classes in Portland, to encourage peer-to-peer practicing of these powerful listening and self-care skills. So stay tuned!

Mind/Body Hypnosis: 

Hypnosis is an amazing, research-based method of intentionally entering an altered state so that you can access inner strengths and align your whole self toward meaningful life goals. Research shows that the hypnotic state helps you decrease stress and pain, and enhances your own healing and growth potentials.  In a hypnosis session I act as a guide for you to enter a relaxed where you are still aware of your surroundings and yet have enhanced inner imagery. I guide you through imaginal journeys, affirmations, and positive imagery.  You can focus your sessions to manage pain, change habits, prepare for or recover from medical procedures, release painful memories, enhance self-growth, and explore spiritual experiencesHypnosis sessions usually last 90-120 minutes. Plan on an extra 15-30 minutes if you would like to add peaceful acupressure to end the session in a very nurturing, integrating way.

Mindful Acupressure:
Acupressure is physically relaxing and promotes a sense of peace and unity in the body.  Clients lie face up and are fully clothed while receiving a full-body acupressure sequence. Clients are often silent and yet are free to speak about whatever comes up in the moment.  Clients often report that this method allows them to feel nurtured and more whole, and many report receiving inner guidance during sessions.  Aminah Raheem developed this method which she calls Soul Lightening Acupressure.
Dynamic Energetic Healing (DEH): 
DEH is a unique energy psychology method that focuses on locating and releasing the energetic origins behind stuck patterns.  I use muscle testing to ask yes or no questions to pinpoint the origins of current life issues (origins can be in current life, past life, between lives, and ancestral time frames).  I then use several energy psychology techniques (including EFT tapping, sound, chakra balancing, and frontal/occipital holding) to release the negative influence of these original traumas and limiting experiences. Howard Brockman trained me in this method. For more info see his website www.dynamicenergetichealing.com

Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE):

The TRE method de-stresses your nervous system through  body-based nervous system 'tune-ups'.  I guide you through gentle leg stretches that lead to body tingling and tremoring, which is the body's way to naturally release nervous system tension.  You can learn TRE exercises in one or two sessions in my office, and after that you can practice TRE at home.  After TRE sessions clients often report feeling calm, peaceful, and even sleepy, although some people report feeling more energized.  

Acupoint Tapping:
Tapping is an excellent self-care method where you tap or hold points on the upper body to interrupt stuck energy patterns, release blocks, reduce stress, and manage cravings. I guide you through tapping to benefit from the depth and focus of a guided session, but you can do tapping for yourself any time. This is also known as Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT. See more at www.emofree.com