Monday, September 25, 2017

Understanding Mental Health

Emotional well being, psychological well being, and social well being are all dimensions of mental health, and subject to change under stress. Mental health issues are rarely the result of one event, rather, they often develop over time as the result of linked causes. For example a stressful job, a difficult relationship, or a significant trauma can cause shifts in thinking, feeling, and mood that, in turn, color our perceptions, tax our energy levels, impact our ability to function productively, and challenge our ability connect with others.

Part of my commitment to helping my clients is ensuring we are pursuing a path of happiness, health and wellbeing. Oftentimes, clients begin this process at a difficult and painful point in their lives. They are turning to therapy because they have already reached a stage where they feel overwhelmed, scared, angry, or disconnected. I help clients peel back the layers of emotional pain, which can result from a myriad of experiences. Because I take a holistic approach to therapy we will explore a variety of different practices to generate a completely personalized experience.

Together, we will explore practices aimed at guiding you inward to release pain, anger, and other difficult emotions, and at moving you forward armed with practical tools and methods for dealing with life’s crises and transitions. My training in conventional psychotherapy, integrative medicine, and mindbody practices such as mindfulness, yoga and yoga therapy, breathing practices, coaching, and healing touch, is extensive. I have a broad variety of resources and nearly 20 years of experience from which to draw in serving my clients, assisting them in easing their suffering, helping them heal, reconnecting with their truest selves and their loved ones, and thriving in their lives.

Contact me today to learn more and start your process of healing:  #240-447-0131.

Monday, September 18, 2017

More About Energy Healing & One Author's Experience

Hello everyone,

Energy medicines such as healing touch and Reiki, or therapeutic yoga, are holistic practices that activate the body’s subtle energy systems in order to remove blockages or regenerate resources that feel stagnant or depleted. By breaking through these blockages and stimulating renewed energy flow, the body’s inherent ability to heal itself is stimulated.

At Inner Passages, I offer Reiki and healing touch — energy therapies which involve the non-invasive use of my hands and heart-centered intention, to clear, energize, and balance my clients’ energy fields. It is based on a heart-centered, caring relationship that can facilitate the client’s health and healing. The goal is always to restore balance and harmonies in the energy system, so the client is in an optimal, receptive position to self-heal.

In one article from NY Daily News, a writer explores several popular methods of energy healing and shares her own experiences. "Can a slight touch, a firm touch or even no touch really heal what's ailing you?

Energy healing — tapping into the body's own frequencies as a type of alternative medicine — is being taken seriously by health practitioners trained in both eastern and western modalities of medicine.

And science is backing up its powers: One 2013 study found that 10 minutes of energy healing was as effective as physical therapy in improving the range of motion in people with mobility problems. UCLA even has en electromyography (EMG) lab that studies electrical activity in the body."

To learn what this author's experience with Reiki was, click here to view the entire article link. 

If you are looking to try Reiki as part of your integrative therapy or are looking for new ways to restore an balance your energy system, contact me today! You can learn more by visiting: 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Behavior & Perceptual Change

Good afternoon everyone!

Perception is the sense we make out of all our experiences—our thoughts, physical feelings, emotions, and moods. Behavior is the outward expression of our perception. It is what we do with the information, experienced and interpreted through all the senses we have available to us, when we choose to respond to our experience.

Our perception both colors and fuels our behavior. So how we feel about any given experience influences how we respond and react, which we often develop into patterned responses. Most of my clients come to me when some combination of thinking and behaving is causing them to feel painfully stuck in one or more of these response patterns, which they perceive and characterize as “negative,” “dark,” “lonely,” and “scary.”

Many people who turn to therapy have already reached a stage where they feel overwhelmed, scared, angry, or disconnected. With work, we can turn those negative and fearful emotions around and build a safe and trusting course forward. It’s of utmost importance to me that I help lessen my clients’ fears by creating an environment where each and every person I work with feels safe and supported. Therapy can be hard work. I strive to make it easier. I want those I work with to know that with me they have a knowledgeable and compassionate partner who will guide them on their journey toward living a pain free and fuller life.

It is my goal to provide clients with a toolbox of practical strategies, through processes and practices so that when they are out in the real world they have what they need. For nearly 20 years, I’ve helped people get unstuck through counseling and emotional healing techniques. At the onset my promise to my clients is that they will have the full benefit of my experience and that I will work just as hard as each client who comes to my door to assist them on their personal journeys. This work goes far beyond scheduled therapy sessions.

What many clients may not realize is the long-term effects of pain. Even events from the distant past can  hold them back from attaining a sense of ease and wellbeing in present relationships, work and daily life. I am committed to helping all of my clients improve their sense of balance and quality of life.

If you want to learn more or schedule a free, 30-minute phone consultation visit:

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Link Found Between Generosity and Happiness

Good afternoon!

Today we are sharing an article published on a study done by Nature Communications on the link between generosity and happiness. The study found that there is a neural link between the two and when people do more generous tasks for others, they often feel more self satisfaction and happiness. If you are looking to establish a plan to help get your life back on track to find your own happiness, contact us today!  

If you want to learn more about the scientific specifics of this neat study click on the link below:
"Generous behaviour is known to increase happiness, which could thereby motivate generosity. In this study, we use functional magnetic resonance imaging and a public pledge for future generosity to investigate the brain mechanisms that link generous behaviour with increases in happiness. Participants promised to spend money over the next 4 weeks either on others (experimental group) or on themselves (control group). Here, we report that, compared to controls, participants in the experimental group make more generous choices in an independent decision-making task and show stronger increases in self-reported happiness. Generous decisions engage the temporo-parietal junction (TPJ) in the experimental more than in the control group and differentially modulate the connectivity between TPJ and ventral striatum. Importantly, striatal activity during generous decisions is directly related to changes in happiness. These results demonstrate that top–down control of striatal activity plays a fundamental role in linking commitment-induced generosity with happiness." Source: