PsychoTherapyAnne-Marie, Peaceful Soul Transitions

Making Lasting Changes to Live the Life you Want….

About Our Clinical Psychology Services

Individual therapy is the foundation of recovery and in improving psychological and emotional wellness. Follow-up appoint are typically scheduled on a weekly basis for meetings of 50 minutes in duration. The frequency and duration of therapy sessions can be adjusted upon request to help meet individual needs. The following modalities are at the core3 of my practice:

Somatic Psychology

Somatic Psychology, also known as body-oriented therapy, is an embodied experience that makes no distinction between body and mind. Within the therapeutic environment, a whole body experience is used to foster awareness and elicit sensing and feeling emotional patterns that often originate from past events resulting from childhood memories or from trauma.

Somatic Psychology is founded on a holistic approach where the whole person, including the senses, help bridge the mind-body dichotomy. According to Caldwell (1997) somatic psychology is, “the study of the mind/body interface, the relationship between our physical matter and our energy, the interaction of our body structures with our thoughts and actions”.

Contemporary Somatic Psychotherapy is focused on achieving the goals of the client in a wholly ethical, collaborative, and healthy environment and with appropriate techniques that are suitable for both the client and therapist. Therapeutic interventions include Hakomi, Focusing, dance and movement, meditative practices, body centered mindfulness, and sensorimotor explorations.  Although the majority of psychotherapy practices require specific ethical adherence, Somatic Psychotherapy deviates from the stringent ethical structure to a position of shared agreement between the therapist and client in order to implement the necessary protocol to achieve the desired outcome. This may include touch, dream tending, dance, movement, creative exploration, and other forms of exploratory practices.

Areas of Development Include:

  • Addressing anxiety, stress and PTSD
  • Fostering body centered mindfulness
  • Reconnection to Self
  • Building new foundation of existence

Transpersonal Psychology

Transpersonal Psychology is often referred to the study of the self-transcendent or the spiritual nature of the human experience. In essence, it “is concerned with the study of humanity’s highest potential, and with the recognition, understanding, and realization of unitive, spiritual, and transcendent states of consciousness” (Lavoie & Shapiro). As Walsh suggests, transpersonal experiences often includes experiences that reach beyond an identifiable self  to encompass a broader aspect of humankind, life, the psyche, or the cosmos. The incorporation of transpersonal psychology is often utilized in exploring altered states of consciousness, such as peak experiences or spiritual awareness. Such phenomenon have proven to be highly transformative in nature and contribute to the full expression of who we already are.Meditation is probably the most used transpersonal practice of all time.  Meditation is essentially a method for training attention and exploring the mind.  This is not just the thinking mind, which is a small part of our whole consciousness, for meditation addresses our hearts, emotions, perceptions, and other levels of mental states as well.  Most people in contemporary life spend their time dealing with the demands of their external activities, such as their family and work, their thinking, or their emotional life.  Rarely is there private time in which to stop the flow of thought and feeling, and to focus attention on deeper parts of the self.

Transpersonal psychology uses positive influences, rather than the diseased human psyche and our defenses, as a model for the realization of human potential.

Transpersonal Psychotherapy emphasizes individual development in the following way:

  • Fosters integration to develop a whole person landscape.
  • It acknowledges the fundamental human spiritual quest
  • It recognizes the universal longing for unity, ultimate truth, and profound freedom
  • It cultivates intuitive ways of knowing that complement rational and sensory modes.
  • It recognizes the potential for growth inherent in “peak” experiences and other shifts in consciousness.

Energy Psychology

Energy is the foundation of all living organisms. Our bodies are composed of energy pathways and energy centers that dictate how we feel, how we think, and how we navigate our lives. By shifting these energies, one can alter emotions, health, and state of mind.

 What is Energy Psychology?

Energy Psychology, rooted in traditional Eastern cultures for over 5000 years, utilizes techniques such as yoga, Qi Gong, massage, and other contemplative practices to help people initiate change in their lives. Its innovative interventions balance, restore, and enhance welbeing by stimulating the human subtle energy system. These systems include the electrical activity of the nervous system, acupuncture meridians, chakas and biofields. In essence, Energy psychology addresses the relationship of energy systems to emotion, cognition, behavior, and health. It is now being adopted by mental health care practitioners in order to help clients recover from PTSD, anxiety, and other disorders such as addiction, depression, and chronic pain. Although this field is still in its infancy, there is a growing body of research that supports its efficacy.

According to industry leader Feinstein (20120, “Energy psychology is a psychotherapeutic and self-help approach that combines established clinical methods (such as imaginal exposure and mindfulness) with somatic interventions (such as the stimulation of acupuncture points by tapping on them) for effecting therapeutic change”.

The techniques used in energy psychology are responsible for helping people achieve fundamental, profound transformations in belief systems, emotions, and behavior patterns. The most widely used form of Energy psychology is Emotional Freedom Technique with thousands of anecdotal outcome reports based on self applications, peer applications, and professional applications of EFT (Meagher, Arnau, & Rhudy, 2001).

Areas of Effective Development Include:

  • Stress reduction and anxiety
  • Facilitation of emotional trauma
  • Addictions
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Pain Management
  • Depression
  • and more…

Eco Psychology

Nature is as essential to humankind as water is to a fish. Eco psychology studies the relationship between humans and the natural world through ecological and psychological principles. It also seeks to develop an understanding of how nature shapes our emotional states and helps foster a deeper connection to self. It has been found that through our connections with nature, individuals improve their interpersonal relationship and emotional wellbeing.

An integral part of the eco psychology practice is to remove psychotherapy, and the individual, from the interior of office buildings and homes and place them outdoors. By doing so, we invite individuals to connect in a profound way to the unitive concept of interrelationship to all. By exploring the emotional bonds with nature, individuals are invited to reestablish an emotional bond to our mother, Mother Earth. Through such transformative experiences, we begin healing the split between planet and self which often plagues modern society. Ecological considerations are addressed while re-establishing a new relationship of respect from the inside out.

Areas of Effective Development Include:

  • Healing influences of nature
  • Development of the collective self
  • Re-establishing developmental attachment concerns
  • Establishing earth-based spiritual practices
  • Creating healthy alternatives to materialism and consumerism