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!
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 experiences. Hypnosis 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.
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.