Imagine Health counselors assist their clients in making better choices and improving their quality of life. At Imagine Health, the therapists maintain the unwavering belief that people can grow, change, heal, and transform. By providing a safe environment and nurturing relationships, counselors offer opportunities for the client to develop a better relationship with herself or himself, and thereby develop better mental health, better relationships, and more acceptance of themselves, other people, and the world.
Counselors can also be called Psychotherapists. Psychotherapy actually translates into “therapy for the soul” and is used to describe the kind of counseling available for those who want to explore at a deep inner level. Not every client desires this depth; our counselors are able to help people where they are willing to work.
Our practices center on supporting the health in each individual, while creating a safe and nurturing environment to grow and learn.
E.M.D.R. or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is designed to decrease the emotional intensity, duration, and frequency of symptoms associated with past traumatic or intense life events (Desensitization). To use a metaphor, trauma causes past memories to get “tangle-up” with disturbing emotions and body sensations that were first experienced during the actual event. Each time the memory is re-triggered, so are those old thoughts and feelings, almost like reliving the disturbing memory repeatedly. EMDR “de-tangles” the memories from the emotions then stores each component in the brain, independent of the other. When the memories are untangled from the intense emotions, the individual is better able to remember past events with more openness and subjectivity. With new found clarity, negative core beliefs and underlying shame can be replaced with more healthy and realistic self-messages (Reprocessing). Some examples of reprocessed positive core-beliefs are; It wasn’t my fault; I did the best I could with what I had; I am worthy of happiness; I am safe now; etc. The human mind is prone to running “clean and efficient” without the presence of neurological "tangles". After all, electricity will always follow the path of least resistance. For this reason, the client intuitively seems to direct the EMDR path of healing. EMDR was originally used for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, a type of anxiety disorder. Over time, research has proven these techniques to be highly effective with other conditions such as generalized anxiety, phobias, adoption, depression, and obsessive compulsive thinking. Newer research is discovering tremendous results with chemical dependency populations, reducing cravings and urges associated with addiction.
Expressive Arts gives a voice to our inner wisdom and knowledge through visual art, writing, movement, sound, music, storytelling and drama. This modality allows for safe exploration of our personal experiences and can be used in a variety of ways, on its own or in conjunction with other healing modalities. Some potential uses include pain management, increasing emotional awareness and regulation; healing trauma; repairing relationships; self esteem/image and body image issues, grief, and simply greater self awareness. It is not necessary for the individual to be "good at art" or have any experience with art. The process, as opposed to the end result, is always of primary importance; the art is simply in service of the healing process.
Spiritual Direction has a long history in the majority of the world’s sacred traditions. Seekers will often find a teacher, or guide, who has already traversed the spiritual terrain and who can, because of her own lived experience, help another make the journey. In the Western world, this professional accompaniment along the spiritual path has come to be known as Spiritual Direction. While everyone’s path is unique, there are discernable passages that can be marked along the way.
Spiritual Direction is care of the soul. By offering a grounded presence, a Spiritual Director empowers people to uncover, recover, and listen to their own inherent wisdom – the voice of the “inner director” that we each have within who guides us back to a place of wholeness.
Spiritual Direction is not therapy, yet there can be a relationship between spirituality and health. Often, underneath psychological struggles are significant experiences of loss – loss of meaning, of purpose, of connectedness, and hope. The Spiritual Director provides the space for persons to regain a sense of what is true for them and the freedom to live it in the world.