Welcome to my page and my new journey as a full-time Mind Body Therapist. I thought a nice place to start would be to describe what exactly is "Mind Body Therapy." Though this is not a formal term by any means, it is a term I have decided to use as I feel it best describes what I do. From my perspective, after nearly 15 years in the field and researching the topic extensively, you cannot separate the well being of a body from the mind. If one part is not well, the other will inevitably suffer in one way or another. What I do is conceptualize a person's struggle through the frame work that a health of the mind will impact the health of a body and vice versa.
For example, if someone has a cold and feels sick, many also tend to feel down or sad about not feeling well. Maybe some even feel a bit hopeless about their state of affairs refusing to leave their room until the are well; the body effects the mind in this more benign example. On a more serious note, if someone has cancer or a chronic medical condition, it is very normal to have strong feelings about this that may even impact their ability to function well at work or with their family. Then when we feel down about this, many find their physical symptoms gets worse; the body effects the mind which in turn, effects the body and it becomes a vicious cycle. Lastly, perhaps you know someone who suffers from depression and they report their body hurts and they are tired, maybe they also always have a headache or stomach ache. In this case, the mind effects the body.
This is why I use my Western training in psychology combined with my Eastern training in Yoga Therapy as a way to help a person find ease and grace through the unavoidable challenges life presents us all, whether they be physical or emotional in nature. Sometimes Mind Body Therapy looks like talk therapy only. Sometimes it will be a hybrid session with the use of breathing techniques, simple movements and mediation. Or maybe, it just looks like a yoga class.
What I do is customize my treatment style based on the individual clients needs, wants, and comfort levels. Mind Body Therapy is completely secular and does not include religious symbolism, unless you want it to.
If you have any other questions, feel free to send me a message!
Peace and Blessings - Jen