Mental Health Services
Our mental health mission at Dancing Lotus Center includes an intentional and integrated practice of multiple wellness modalities to support individuals moving through times of change, grief, loss and trauma, as well as supporting clients in self-growth and transpersonal exploration. We are providing clients with holistic opportunities to be cared for during the many transitions of the human psyche. We accept Medicaid, Medicare and most insurance. We see individuals, couples, children and families. We also offer a sliding scale fee. Please visit with your practitioner for individualized pricing.
Meet our Team of Therapists
And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.Anais Nin
I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teachings my blood whispers to me.Herman Hesse
The privilege of a lifetime is being who you areJoseph Campbell
Our mental health services include:
Somatic therapy literally means therapy, which pertains to the body. Working within this somatic model, individuals focus on learning the authentic wisdom of the body to assist with a one’s healing process. Often words can’t explain a feeling or experience, which can leave a person feeling severed or fragmented from the body and the spirit. This separation of mind, body and spirit can lead to chronic feeling of loss, anxiety and depression. Emotional injuries that are held in the body for long periods of time also lead to chronic conditions such as PTSD and Dissociative Disorders. Using the body as a tool to higher awareness, buried feelings and memories can surface in a safe, holistic way, freeing a person from old patterns and energy blocks and leading to authentic health. Session may include breathing awareness, a variety of movement forms, boundary work, visual guidance, meditation and mindfulness of body sensations. These methods increase awareness of emotional and physical boundaries, decrease anxiety and depression and relieve symptoms of PTSD and other trauma-related health problems.
“Psychology means ‘logos of the psyche,’ the speech or telling of the soul. Transpersonal Psychology is a psychology of health and human potential. While recognizing and addressing human psychopathology, transpersonal psychology does not derive its model of the human psyche from the ill or diseased. Transpersonal psychology looks to saints, prophets, great artists, heroes, and heroines for models of full human development and of the growth-oriented nature of the normal human psyche. Instead of defining ourselves as all essentially neurotic (if not worse), transpersonal psychology makes it possible to perceive the individual as one engaged in the process of development toward full humanity, as exemplified by the words and deeds of great men and women drives toward wholeness, toward connecting with and experiencing the divine” (Southwestern College) www.swc.edu.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is an empirically validated treatment approach with a range of client issues (particularly trauma related). It incorporates somatic, emotional, cognitive and narrative elements, and facilitates accelerated change of client dysfunctional patterns.. This is a highly effective approach to therapy, involving mind, body and spirit to relieve the symptoms of PTSD, trauma, depression, anxiety, abuse and grief http://www.emdria.org/.
Benefits of massage are relaxation, assisting in chronic pain and injury by easing tensions held around body pain, emotional pain and spiritual pain. It is a way to access the reset button by inviting the systems to shift into the parasympathetic nervous system and out of the sympathetic or reactionary mode. Massage helps integrate feelings, thoughts, with the body and leaves one with a sense of wholeness and ease without the pressure to think or talk. Touch is healing, it can help people sense and experience that they are heard and are important. One of the most important aspects of massage from a mental health perspective is that one can learn to receive through touch and connection to our bodies, which gives one an experience of being heard and valued and then the world becomes less intimidating.
“Therapy is first about discovering. It’s about who you are and about what your deepest emotional attitudes are. It’s not just about who you think you are. It’s not opinion. It’s not something you can know with the intellect. It’s about who you are in the very heart of yourself. That’s the flavor of psychotherapy, discovering yourself, discovering your real attitudes toward the most important pieces of your life.”
—Ron Kurtz, Hakomi Founder.
Integrating scientific, psychological, and spiritual sources, Hakomi has evolved into a complex and elegant form of psychotherapy that is highly effective with a wide range of populations. The method draws from general systems theory and modern body-centered therapies including Gestalt, Psychomotor, Feldenkrais, Focusing, Ericksonian Hypnosis, Neurolinguistic Programming, and the work of Wilhelm Reich and Alexander Lowen. Core concepts of gentleness, nonviolence, compassion, and mindfulness evolved from Buddhism and Taoism. At its most basic level, Hakomi is the therapeutic expression of a specific set of Principles: Mindfulness, Nonviolence, Unity, Organicity and Mind-Body Integration; these tenets inform every aspect of the work.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy (also known by its abbreviation, CBT) is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. Its goal is to change patterns of thinking or behavior that are behind people’s difficulties, and so change the way they feel.
Addiction counseling addresses the symptoms of drug addiction and related areas of impaired functioning and the content and structure of the client’s ongoing recovery program. This model of addiction counseling is a time-limited approach that focuses on behavioral change, 12-step ideology and tools for recovery, and self-help participation. The primary goal of addiction counseling is to help the client achieve and maintain abstinence from addictive chemicals and behaviors. The secondary goal is to help the client recover from the damage the addiction has done to the client’s life. Addiction counseling works by first helping the client recognize the existence of a problem and the associated irrational thinking. Next, the client is encouraged to achieve and maintain abstinence and then develop the necessary psychosocial skills and spiritual development to continue in recovery lifelong.
Codependency is an addiction, an addiction to dangerously self-gratifying behaviors that inevitably trap the codependent individual in unhealthy situations. Codependents are people who are addicted to “helping” others without regard for their own desires and needs. Classic codependent relationships usually exist between an alcoholic or substance abuser and someone who “enables” the addict to continue indulging in his or her addiction. Abandonment issues also complicate the essence of the codependent personality, which usually developed during childhood when the codependent may have felt abandoned.
Expressive Arts Therapy
Expressive arts therapy refers to a therapeutic approach with individuals, couples, families, groups, and community-based programs that integrate a wide range of arts modalities in the service of human growth, development and healing. It takes a multi-arts or multimodal approach, integrating painting, drawing, sculpture, dance/movement, music, drama, ritual, poetry, and prose within therapeutic encounters. The expressive arts become the medium through which clients can explore and potentially transform emotional, social, spiritual, and relational issues; identify strengths; and experience new creative insights.
Play therapy is a form of counseling or psychotherapy that uses play to communicate with and help people, especially children, to prevent or resolve psychosocial challenges.
A safe, confidential and caring environment is created which allows the child to play with as few limits as possible but as many as necessary (for physical and emotional safety). This allows healing to occur on many levels following our natural inner trend towards health. Play and creativity operate on impulses from outside our awareness – the unconscious. The therapist may use creative visualization, therapeutic storytelling, drama, role playing, puppets and masks, sand tray and sand worlds, art, music, dance, movement and clay.
Sand Tray Therapy
Sandtray is a process of creative expression for adults, children and couple’s using sand, water and miniature objects to create patterns and the many worlds of your inner reality. By connecting to the earth, water and figures, a beautiful mirroring process unfolds in which one can see and heal one’s inner life, connect to the ancient language of symbols, experience the non-verbal longings of the soul and witness the beauty and power of one’s wise soul. Experience the freedom that comes from this deep expression of the soul.
Spiritual Life Coaching
Spiritual Life coaching is a tool to help you make positive changes in your life. It enables you to evaluate the choices and options that are open to you, and then turn that understanding into concrete action.Spiritual Life Coaching isn’t about religion. It doesn’t matter what religion you do or don’t belong to. Spiritual Life Coaching is concerned with that unseen power that makes you alive: your spirit.
It doesn’t matter if you use the words God, The Divine Presence, Higher Self, Holy Spirit, Universal Mind, Cosmic Consciousness, or no particular word at all. Regardless of what you call this inner voice or presence, Spiritual Life Coaching is about expanding the natural wisdom that resides there. Spiritual Life Coaching encourages you to discover what you truly desire, help expand your vision of what is possible in your life, by unleashing the wisdom and strength that already resides inside of you.
Yoga For Mood Support
Yoga is a powerful tool to process trauma and move through difficult moments of life. Using yoga as a whole – the philosophy, physical movement (asana), breathwork (pranayama), mindfulness, mudras, and mantras – tailored to specific conditions, we can shift the patterns that keep us stuck in suffering. Dancing Lotus offesr series focussed on using yoga to process trauma and manage anxiety and depression as well as a weekly offering to explore the deeper teaching of yoga. Yoga Nidra class is also offered weekly to supplement your Mental Health work. Yoga Nidra is an ancient science of complete relaxation that systematically awakens one’s greatest potential and reveals an ever-present, unwavering state of inner peace. Through the deepest levels of physical, mental, and emotional rest, this transformative practice facilitates the release of the source of tensions, unsupportive patterns and behaviors, acquired conditioning, and self-limiting beliefs. In the yoga nidra state, one also has the capacity to imprint new ideas on the mind, securing intentions at the deepest level, to create a resonance that generates a stream of new thought patterns and actions. The science of Yoga Nidra is used to bring into balance variety of mental health challenges including, but not limited to: Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Psychosomatic disorders, Chronic disease, Hypertension, Asthma, Chronic pain, PTSD/trauma and Addiction.