Sometimes talk therapy just isn't enough. Research has indicated traumatic events (even the seemingly insignificant ones) can become trapped in the body and leave patterns of dysregulation in the nervous system. Somatic (body based) interventions are increasingly used as the therapeutic community embraces the notion that talking alone keeps us "stuck in our heads".
As we grow in awareness about the complexity of how the body, mind, and spiritual self relate to one another- many have discovered existing western models of allopathic and mental health care are falling short. We can no longer separate our wellbeing into silos. Body over here, head up there, feelings running amok, and wait... when was the last time you got in touch with your soul?
Psychotherapeutic Reiki embraces the wisdom of the body, the mind, and the spirit. We are so much more than just our thoughts, feelings, and behavioral patterns- which is what traditional talk therapy focuses on. What about our inner knowing? Our sense of connection to something larger than ourselves? The unique meaning we make of our world and experiences? There is richness and depth when we integrate and address all the aspects of the human condition.
Psychotherapeutic Reiki is experiential. It is a truly integrated approach of involving spirit into the process of healing. How you personally relate to spirit is up to you... there are no rules or dogma- but involving spirit opens new awareness, it confirms and strengthens your intuition, clarifies the meaning and purpose of your life, and helps us slow down and access our own innate widsom.
Reiki helps us illuminate and release what is no longer energetically working in our lives and body- it helps us hear the whispers of our soul and gently brings us back to balance. Insight oriented talk therapy helps us make sense of the information being offered and gives us the power to make a concrete plan for change. We need both- insight and intutition.
This approach creates a uniquely integrated space and relationship. Nothing is off limits to talk about or energetically address. You get a skilled therapist and experienced Reiki Master-Teacher to help you navigate and heal your challenges in the same session,
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Psychotherapeutic Reiki offers flexibility.
Sometimes we DO just need to verbally process- to unpack that sticky interaction that happened at work yesterday.
Other times, we are exhausted and can't find what we might want to talk about. These times are perfect for a gentle Reiki intervention. (After which you will probaly have plenty to talk about!)
And...most sessions, there is space for both.
Each psychotherapeutic reiki session is 90 minutes long and customized to exactly where you are.
There is no rush- we have plenty of time.
How is THAT for different in our fast-paced world?!
And that is totally okay.
There are more than 50 types (and counting!) of established mental health therapy approaches out there. And thousands of techniques within those approaches.
That is because psychotherapy is a constantly evolving field. The human condition is infinitely complex and nuanced and we are learning more and more each day. What may work for one person will not for another.
Before beginning our work together, we will have a careful discussion about your challenges, goals and what you are looking for out of therapy. Then we can decide together if this is the best approach or if another approach (or even another clinican) would be a better fit.
Listen to a discussion between Will Daddario, PhD, RMT on his podcast Thinking Will and Christen Rinaldi, LCMHCA, RMT about the fusion of clinical mental health counseling and Reiki