I would like to introduce you to my tagline... Illuminate. Transform. Elevate and what it means. First, I want to say that one size does not fit all but Illuminate.Transform.Elevate is a powerful way of understanding transformation.
A little bit of my story... I have been in private practice for over 22 years and began my own healing path when I was just the ripe age of 21. Therefore, cumulative I have about 32 years of experience in this crazy world of healing, psychology and the beautiful experience of watching myself and so many others on the transformative path of healing.
You may be asking what does this transformative path look like? Well, here is what I can tell you, I have studied with many master teachers from psychology, energy medicine, shamanic practices, and healers from ancient wisdom practices to the professionals who have held the highest levels of accolades. Here is my thought...there are many paths to healing but these three illuminate.transform.elevate. are so powerful on the healing journey.
Realize this... each of us is so different, we have are own traumas, our own experiences, our own personality and the gifts and struggles of our individual life. Let's accept that first. In my life, I have risen many times over and continue to grow on my path, despite the challenges and losses of my life or my history of abuse, neglect, and abandonment.
How did I figure this out? Here is what happened... A few years ago working in my private practice, I had the realization after an Integrative Psychotherapy session about illuminating patterns (Patterns are the big deal! I could go on and on, but that is for another post. This is only my second one, you know!). If we are able to see our patterns then the next actions come much easier. If someone tries to transform or elevate their life without understanding where these issues are rooted, they will typically continue going around the same circle - maybe some progress but the two steps forward, one step back scenario. But, if they can illuminate their patterns which aren't working, this includes relationships, behaviors, and lifestyles, then they can truly begin to transform those stuck or challenging places which then will allow life to elevate in a more genuine harmonious way.
How would this look if I work with you? First, as a fellow journeyer, I will offer invites (this is your journey), use my skills and tools to walk with you on your path. I hope to be a part of the illumination of "your stuff." Your patterns, your traumas, your relationships, and your ways of being that keep you in the "stuck places." As you see these patterns that aren't working, we will apply the tools that you need and watch as you elevate your life to a life that is in alignment with you.
My invite... Follow your own heart, mind, body, and soul. This is your journey and I hope for you the absolute best.
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Psychology Today describes Integrative Psychotherapy (IP): “Integrative therapy is a progressive form of psychotherapy that combines different therapeutic tools and approaches to fit the needs of the individual client. With an understanding of normal human development, an integrative therapist modifies standard treatments to fill in development gaps that affect each client in different ways. By combining elements drawn from different schools of psychological theory and research, integrative therapy becomes a more flexible and inclusive approach to treatment than more traditional, singular forms of psychotherapy” (Integrative Therapy, n.d. para. 1)
As for me, I was fortunate to be one of the 1st wave of students to participate and attain A Ph.D. in Integrative Psychotherapy with a specialization in Mind.Body Medicine from Saybrook University. My Ph.D. program was a collaboration between Dr. James Gordon, the Director of the Center of Mind.Body Medicine, Washington D.C., and Saybrook University, a school which was built on the foundation “… that embodied the values of the 'human growth and potential movement' and to educate practitioner-scholars in the methods and philosophies of human-centered psychotherapy” (Wikipedia contributors, n.d. para.4).
My IP approach emphasizes we are humans on this journey and my goal is to co-partner with you to offer strategies, insights and skills that solve your issues in a deeper, true to you, and more profound way.
Let me give you an example...
A Common Issue: You have chronic anxiety and don’t want to take medications.. We look at the issues in your life that may be causing anxiety such as not speaking your voice, struggling with boundaries, trauma in your life, relationship issues, codependent patterns, abuse, and/or feelings you don’t belong or whatever root issue.
Next, we address anxiety from a bio.phsio.psycho.mental.emotional.relational.ecological levels, I know a super long word.. (I just made it up) yet we do this in simple, easy and time effective ways.
An example of my approach: I may teach you deep breathing techniques, visualizations and relaxation techniques (this will most likely happen), that will calm your biology, then we will talk about what will help you on a mental, emotional, physical level. Maybe we focus on what triggers the anxiety and then we create new mental, body patterns to address it from a calm perspective, maybe we look at your nature and how you are living, your relationships and how they are working or not?. I will most likely teach you my “the back porch method” which tends to be so helpful to many people when it comes to navigating your relationships. Then we will discuss how to be in your nature and how the outside world can bring healing to you and vice versa. We will practice different strategies and patterns until we find the balance that works for you. We may include mind.body medicine practices of mindfulness and meditation and the sacred. As we do this work you most likely will illuminate, transform and elevate your life.
If you have any questions or want to begin your journey. Contact us now.
From The Willow Tree and Me….
Dr. Melisa is a Ph.D. in Mind Body Medicine with a specialization in integrative psychotherapy. She is the owner of Skyeia Holistic Services and The Willow Tree and Me, an Integrative wellness and private psychotherapy practice located in Maryland.