"Every living thing is affected by its environment, physically and emotionally. Human beings retain impressions of all that happens to us on our journey from life to death. Some of these impressions are heightened if they were particularly positive or negative, some our hidden deep in our subconscious: every one of their experiences and by the total sum of them all" - Charlie Ryrie, " The Healing Energies of Water"
When we experience a traumatic event, we can often times become stuck in fight or flight, flee or freeze response. If we can not, for whatever reason, fully discharge the energy that builds in our body when in threat of danger, that energy can remain in our tissue, waiting to be release. This held energy can manifest in several ways, sometimes, when we are in a situation that increases our adrenaline in the same way it was increased during the event, that place in us can be stimulated and we may react as though we were in the middle of our traumatic event rather than what may be appropriate for the current situation. Our body is on hyper-alert, waiting to act out and discharge this held energy. It is not uncommon to suffer physical symptoms as a result of this trapped energy. When it is unable to run its course and release its charge, it can settle in a particular area of our body, resulting in "body armoring", physical pain, or illness. Finding a safe way to release this trauma held within us can be invaluable.
“We have learned that trauma is not just an event that took place sometime in the past; it is also the imprint left by that experience on mind, brain, and body. This imprint has ongoing consequences for how the human organism manages to survive in the present. Trauma results in a fundamental reorganization of the way mind and brain manage perceptions. It changes not only how we think and what we think about, but also our very capacity to think.”
― Bessel A. van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
Intensive Therapy is deep,Soulful work, sacred- work in which I hold very close to my heart. When designing this program I did so with deep gratitude for the many wise Healers that held space for me during my darkest times, which provided me a safe container, that helped me to connect to my own innate wisdom and ultimately my own Inner Alchemy.
The near two-decades of experience working in the Healing Arts along with the tools I have gathered from working with great Healers around the United States and South America has provided me with much to share. I am passionate and awakened to my role and responsibilities in helping others in remembering who they really are.
The process to discovery is not linear, it is a spiral and the deeper we go, the deeper we GO.
This work is powerful, the intent isn't in just changing the thoughts through positive affirmations, although powerful, what I've found to have been missing in sustaining lasting change is the autonomic recognition of the "energetic charge" that a belief may have that, which is found in the Energy- body. Secondly, integration of such happens at the core when both the mind and body are in resignation of such. This work we will do together is organic and authentic to YOU, because we are only following what is in true in the body.
Being innately in-tune and experienced in working with subtle energies for nearly two decades, I have learned to facilitate in this process as your co-pilot, assisting in keeping you in the process of discovery, validating the magic and mysteries that reside in you, rather than figuring it out for you because of your "story". What I have also found and have so much gratitude in experiencing on the personal level is this, we can not change events that we have experienced, we can however change the energetic charge and that my friend is the best container I can provide in your healing process.
Intensive therapy programs, or therapeutic personal retreats, represent some of the most innovative healthcare currently available. The model stems from the theory that high doses of treatment over short periods of time can produce the kind of results that are virtually impossible to achieve within the traditional weekly therapy encounter. This approach is intentionally time-limited, goal-driven, depth-oriented, and highly concentrated, making it an excellent option for resolving issues that demand immediate attention, as well as for revisiting a recurring challenge in a purposeful way.
While standard therapy practices can be effective (I continue to employ them because they work), they are not always the most efficient. Some problems are too costly to let drag on from week to week. Intensive therapy afford you the opportunity to quickly get to the root of the problem and begin the journey toward making long-lasting, permanent changes, sometimes in as few days as over a long weekend.
Some of the reasons people seek out an intensive course of therapy include:
By stepping away from normal routines and responsibilities, my clients are able to bring all their resources and strengths to the work at hand. Longer, concentrated block of time allow for sessions to seamlessly build upon one another, resulting in less time wasted or progress lost. And with more rapid improvement, short bursts of focused therapy might prove to be more economical than long-term treatment.
A therapeutic vacation is not designed as a chance to "get away," but rather as an opportunity to courageously turn inward. By choosing to show up for yourself in this way, you make an unwavering commitment to uncovering layers of yourself in the service of deep healing. While not your standard holiday, many people find intensives to be an incredibly satisfying and empowering experience, and return from them not only with new tools, insights and greater clarity, but also more inspired and hopeful about the future.
Not all clients or situations are appropriate for intensive therapy. As a solo practitioner, my intensives are designed for those who are safe and stable enough not to require inpatient care. The primary benefit of the therapy retreat is healing and resolution of problems, and I am not equipped to not offer stabilization or detox services.
While many people successfully engage in stand-alone personal retreats, intensives are not always a substitute for traditional ongoing therapy. Some people find they might require more rigorous effort at the onset of therapy and take an intensive to jumpstart the therapeutic process. This is especially helpful for clients who wish to continue working with me via secure video. Others find intensives serve as a boost when stalled or at an impasse during regular therapy. Others still choose to have regular "mini-intensives" and schedule their ongoing work in this way.
Some people attend an intensive because they have a passion for self-exploration and personal growth. Instead of viewing the retreat as treatment, they see this format as a compliment to other self-development work they might be involved in. There are many reasons you might wish to consider this model, and my interview process will help to ensure that a private intensive is the right path for you.
Intensive Therapy is excellent for people who:
Most people will accomplish quite a lot during the intensive, but some issues or patterns are so entrenched that change can be slow. If you require more support, you have the option of returning for following up with me in person (if local) or by phone/secure video, or you can complete your work elsewhere.
Intensives are often planned as full- day retreat scheduled usually on a weekend, but can occur at any day. While certain circumstances warrant meeting for a full day, so I've found two half-day sessions can be arranged.
Each experience is customized, but generally includes:
Not all therapy is emotionally intense or tiring, and most people are surprised to find they are not only able to work for many hours, but find it deeply satisfying to do so. While intensives can be demanding, the hope is you'll return from the experience with a renewed sense of trust and empowerment to be your own greatest healer.