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Treatment Philosophy

At Embodied Mind NYC we believe in the full spectrum of human experience and growth, working from symptom alleviation (learning to reduce unnecessary suffering and pain) to full-fledged authenticity and aliveness. Our roles as therapists are active and dynamic as we bring discernment, authenticity, and creativity to your process of personal recovery, integration, and fulfillment. It is not our role to analyze you. We work from research that supports the integration of mind and body to promote wholeness and satisfaction. We are influenced by a number of theories and teachers, integrating our work and personal contemplative commitments with evidenced based treatment modalities. We strongly believe and adhere to our own personal care and continual growth as we offer our services to the community.

We adhere to the following principles as we support our clients in their lives:

Trauma-Informed Care

We see the majority of behaviors and patterns that cause distress (and lead clients to therapy) as creative ways humans have learned to cope with life experiences, relationships, emotions, biological dispositions, culture, family legacies, and social influences.  Rather than approaching you diagnostically, we see that there are patterns of suffering as well as individual learning styles that respond to various approaches towards change.  Therefore, we tailor our approaches to meet each of our clients therapeutic needs.

 The effects of traumatic experiences can create heavy burdens on individuals, families, and communities. At times there is no clear recognition that this is what is occurring and systems perpetuate cycles of distress. Addiction, distressing relationship patterns, cycles of violence, sexual abuse, discontent, elusive sense of meaning and purpose all may have roots in one's past, present or trans-generational experiences that leave one's survival instincts in perpetual drive.

 Contemporary research is documenting the relationships among exposure to traumatic events and impaired neurological development, immune and nervous system responses, and subsequent health risk behaviors resulting in chronic physical or behavioral health disorders.

Unfortunately and all too often, institutions themselves perpetuate traumatic stress rather than being a hub to disengage this insidious cycle. 

Therefore, Embodied Mind NYC is committed to dismantling systems of oppression and re-traumatization by training, educating, and supporting our staff at every level in our system of care. We do this by maintaining the following Trauma Informed Principles developed by the Department of Health and Human Services:

1.    Safety and Stabilization
2.    Trustworthiness and Transparency
3.    Peer and group support
4.    Collaboration and Mutuality
5.    Empowerment, Voice, and Choice
6.    Cultural, Historical, and Gender Issues

Integrative, Developmental Treatment

Humans are influenced by life's experiences in a myriad of ways. In order to support our clients, we believe it is vital to hold an integrative framework as we work on meeting their goals. 

As integrative mental health providers, we take into account the biological, relational, systemic, social, cultural, emotional, physiological, and spiritual components to health and well-being and integrate such into our counseling services. 

Our clinicians have access to and/or are trained in providing the following services based on client needs:

  • Body Center Psychotherapy

  • Attachment Based Psychotherapy

  • Mindfulness Based Therapy

  • Group Therapy

  • Trauma-Informed Therapy

  • Interdisciplinary coordination of care with medical treatment providers

  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MCBT)

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

  • Psychoeducation and classes

  • Narrative Therapies

  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

  • Systems theory

  • Interpersonal Neurobiology

  • Systems Theory

  • Family Therapy

  • Couple's Therapy

  • Institutional oppression

  • Movement Therapy

  • Contemplative Psychology

  • Buddhist Psychology

Basic Goodness

We adhere to the perspective that we are all inherently, fundamentally good.  Good in a sense that we come into this world with an inherent propensity to thrive.  Over time, the relationship to our own basic goodness is thwarted by life situations, family systems, societies, and environments that mitigate our inherent capacity for wellness. 

 We adjust our selves in order to maximize the fulfillment of our basic survival needs: food, touch, movement, and love.  As these adjustments served us, over time, they also become a pattern of our discomfort and pain.  We become disconnected and forget who we truly are.  Rather than seeing you as a diagnosis, we see symptoms as reflections of your inherent creative capacity for survival. Change first requires one to accept oneself exactly as they are.  

Organicity

This assumption attests that when all components to a system are communicating, then the system is inherently self-correcting and self-directing and has inherent wisdom of its own (Kurtz, 2007). Therefore, when working with clients, it's our role as therapists to support the communication of all the parts of an individual's system: the individual and the interpersonal dynamics (familial, social) that are inherent to one's identity and understanding of self, cultural assumptions, and the systems from which we are inevitably embedded (including but not limited to social roles of gender, sexuality, sexual orientation, culture, class, race, age).   

It is not our role to impose our agenda or meaning for clients through analysis. It our role to work cooperatively within a client's system, holding the limitations that the greater social system inflicts on one's organicity, while trusting their natural drive towards wholeness and well-being.