What is counseling?
Most therapy is cognitive or talk therapy. This type of therapy aims to look at people’s thoughts around events in their life and point out errors in thinking or distorted thoughts, also addresses behavior modification. The limitation of this approach is that it does nothing to address the pain caused by wounding messages early in life, which is a necessary process for healing. When old emotional buttons get pushed, the defense system automatically looks for ways to protect the person against pain. The defensive system in the right side of the brain does not respond to reason.
Affective therapy operates by accessing the right side of the brain. This is the place where these old wounding messages are stored. Many people try to avoid looking at pain left over from childhood. They say things like “it’s all behind me now, why look at the past” or “I need to just forgive and move on”. The problem is that just because we want these feelings to go away does not mean they will. They must be expressed and end up manifesting themselves in our present day lives and relationships in the form of addictions, compulsions, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, work-aholism, infidelity, smoking, eating, eating disorders, and illnesses until we do attend to them once and for all.
Why do people seek therapy?
Some people are drawn to this type of deep healing work because they have an awareness inside that it is time to make some fundamental changes in their lives. Others are drawn to this work because they have run out of options to function effectively in their lives. Although the healing process continues throughout life, therapy can assist you in getting started on this journey. I work extensively with the Myers-Briggs Type-Indicator (MBTI) and Enneagram personality typing systems to identify both a client's core self (MBTI) and their defensive structure (Enneagram), and also incorporate Body Centered Gestalt Therapy and inner child work practices to therapy with clients.
Deep Emotional Healing Therapy Group This is a therapeutic group for those individuals who are interested in starting deep emotional healing therapy based upon Body Centered Gestalt Therapy and inner child work practices. Many individuals are seeking deep emotional healing and recovery from disruptive or destructive patterns in their lives. They may not be able to afford individual therapy or prefer to heal in the group setting. Although 1 on 1 therapy is recommended to bring about the most expedient fundamental and lasting change in one's life, this group will provide an opportunity to begin the process of recovering from unhealthy or destructive coping techniques and patterns in a group setting. If interested, please click link below or contact Kate: firstname.lastname@example.org
Past Workshops & Classes:
Visual Journaling: Using Images to Go Deeper than Words
This 6 week course is designed to help you learn how to move beyond thought and words into feelings and intuitive knowledge...even if you can't draw! Emotions repressed from our past remain stored away in our bodies and can cause physical symptoms of varying severity, including depression, panic or fear, even intense reactions towards our children, partners or loved ones. Often, just the act of getting in touch with how something really feels inside your body -- rather than how you think it feels -- is enough to offer a sense of relief and bring about great changes in our lives and relationships.
3Keys to Self-Understanding: An Innovative Combination of the MBTI, Enneagram and Affective Inner Child Healing Processes
Come join us in a journey of self-discovery as we explore how our life experiences have shaped us into the people that we are today. Workshop participants will receive an overview of the 3Keys Model for deep emotional affective healing, and a working understanding of the MBTI and Enneagram personality systems, including the roles of these two typing systems in the development of both the core self and defense systems. The experience includes experiential exercises, group process and discussion to move participants through their own process of self-discovery and explore how this wisdom can heal emotional and spiritual wounding, and how you can use this wisdom to guide you back to your soul self.
Spirituality & Psychology: Using Psychological Type to Discover Your Own Spiritual Path This workshop presents a unique model for understanding and discovering one’s own personal spiritual path through the application of personality type. Traditional religious practices have often been the source of great emotional wounding and pain for many, as they are brought up in communities that support “one way” of celebrating. Many struggle over a lifetime to fit in spiritually. Just as there are different personality types, there are many equally valid ways to embrace one’s spirituality.
2017 Upcoming Groups, Workshops & Classes
Therapeutic Support Group for Women "Coming Out" of Heterosexual Relationships as LGBTQ - May 23 - June 28, 2017 This is a 6 week therapeutic support group for married women or women who have been in a heterosexual relationship and are now coming out as lesbians or questioning their sexual orientation. Weekly meetings starting Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017, and running for 6 weeks on Tuesday evenings or Wednesday late afternoons. All participants must participate in an initial screening session that will be completed prior to the start date of group.
Honoring Our Stuck Places: Making Room for All Parts of Ourselves - April 22, 2017 This full day therapy workshop will explore the needs meeting/satisfaction cycle, and ways that we interrupt or interfere with our own needs satisfaction. The day will also include therapeutically working with ways that we can unblock stuck places and live more satisfying lives. This workshop is for those clients currently in therapy, and will take place at Transformation Counseling, LLC (Saint Louis, MO)
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Past Professional Presentations:
Understanding the Enneagram: New Clinical Applications for Personal & Professional Ministry - (Saint Louis Cluster of Pastoral Care Educators)
Healing the Mind-Body-Spirit Divide - (Association for Psychological Type International Symposium Presentation)
Spirituality & Psychology: Using Psychological Type to Discover Your Own Spiritual Path- (Association for Psychological Type International Concurrent Session)
Healing the Mind-Body-Spirit Divide: 3 Keys to Self-Understanding (Presentation for the 39th Annual National Wellness Conference, through the National Wellness Institute.)
3Keys to Self Understanding Therapy Group This is an ongoing therapeutic group for those individuals who are interested in starting deep emotional healing therapy based upon the 3Keys to Self-Understanding therapy model.
Sexual Orientation and Our Spirit: Recovering Our Soul Self This is a 3Keys to Self-Understanding experiential retreat opportunity to explore personal and spiritual soul wounding as a result of identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning or living in an "alternative" lifestyle or relationship.
Peace...it does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work; rather, it means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart. (Unknown)