susan alexander clinical counselling/yoga - Registered Clinical Counselling, Yoga, Mindfulness



Psychotherapy for Individuals, Couples, Families and Youth




 Seeking out support takes courage and requires vulnerability. Individual sessions are typically 50 min, one can expect to experience being listened to, validated and heard. My approach is warm, interactive, person and present moment centered. I offer compassion , a safe and secure holding environment where you might meet yourself where you are and with kindness. I draw on my own life experience, I will be present with you in the room and hope to point you to self discovery and greater personal awareness. Perhaps you are feeling down, have anxiety, are in pain or seeking a new path or in a life transition? I also have experience working with those who are  experiencing post concussion symptoms. I utilize a range of effective evidence based and experiential, cognitive and at times, somatic based interventions to support, and guide you, towards a fresher insight and deeper understanding and acceptance of yourself. There are many reasons people choose therapy from small hurts painful deep issues and debilitating Trauma,



Sessions are typically 50 min   $150 per session with sliding scale to $130
Couples are typically 75min  and up to 90 min (hourly $140)
EMDR sessions can be arranged to be 90 min (at hourly rate of $140)
Inquiry through yoga $130 per 60 min- private yoga $100
I accept ICBC clients at ICBC rate per 50 min
In California I accept IEHP-
Telemedicine / HIPPA compliant video conferencing available with Doxy.me
         
I use a variety of evidence based and experiential approaches and include current research methods related to neuroscience, the brain and trauma informed modalities. I am certified in Eye Movement De-Sensitization Re-Processing (EMDR) by the Institute for Creative Mindfulness, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT) , Internal Family Systems (IFS). I have completed trainings in CBT,  Neurobiology and Trauma, PTSD and Complex PTSD as well as symptoms from post-concussion  and post-partum depression. I am a trauma informed E-RYT 500 yoga teacher and have completed the Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation Training from Spirit Rock Meditation Centre in Woodacre , CA.


EMDR
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.  Often people will feel 'stuck" and "talk therapy" isn't resolving anything. Talk therapy and straight cognitive approaches work primarily with the neocortex. Interventions such as EMDR, that involve action(any type of  bilateral or dual attention engagement qualifies) use of all sensory channels, somatic awareness and the use of breath, are more likely to work with the whole brain, promoting connections needed for healing and shifts in how memories are stored. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal.  EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.  When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound.  If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.  EMDR therapy involves obtaining a target, getting some activation (no re-traumatization of chronological events) and the body and demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes.  The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health.  If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.  For more information on EMDR, visit 
, the Institute of Creative Mindfulness. There are several useful UTube videos as well as seen by Jamie Mariach.

Mindfulness
Mindfulness is sometimes described as “paying attention on purpose in a sustained and present manner.” It is described as a mental state achieved by focusing the totality of one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, and is used as a therapeutic technique as well as a skill to practice and build awareness of what is "going on" in both the mind, body and heart. One technique is to practice paying attention to the present moment by using the 5 senses. Noticing what we see, hear, feel, taste or smell has the calming effect of keeping us in the present moment.There are many forms of Mindfulness Practice that can be used based on what works best for you to bring focus to.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy or DBT
DBT presents skills (including the use of mindfulness) to reduce the experience of painful emotions, increase distress tolerance and improve communication and interpersonal problem-solving skills. These are skills to practiced to use to support emotional regulation and to increase awareness





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 Yoga therapy, therapeutic yoga massage, alignment, yoga, mindfulness based mentoring- pain management, anxiety, brain integration patterning, emotional resiliency and self empowerment
available in workshop- private sessions- call 760-766-3383
 










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