Holistic Health Coaching
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Working in the Hologram - Workshop on Managing Your Energy Field - Excerpt from training in Vermont 2012
A little about Susan
When you are in my office, or over the phone with me, you will find that I listen and clarify intently, and that I tend to smile a lot. I believe that every negative emotion and thought are layered over the core YOU that is joyful and brilliant. Together using the latest neuroscience and hypnotherapy techniques, we get through the surface issues to release what is in your way, and help you discover how to bring your best self to light.
With more than ten years as a natural health consultant and holistic therapist, and 6 years as a hypnotherapist and health coach, I bring many different skills to the table with you. These are my credentials:
Naturopath, Holistic Therapist & Life Coach
Holographic Memory Resolution Practitioner
Training with Brent Baum (2010-2013)
Zpoint Practitioner Training with Grant Connolly (2012)
EFT Practitioner Training (Carol Look and others, 2010 - 2013)
Certified Professional Coach Training (2010)
Functional Medicine & Traditional Chinese Medicine
Functional Medicine & Paleo Diet (Kresser Institute, 2016)
Nutritional Supplements (Patent Supplement Training)
Western Nutrition (NHC, 2003-2006)
Chinese Dietetics & Herbology (NHC, 2003-2006)
How I work - Functional Medicine, Energy Psychology, Applied Kinesiology
I work primarily online. When we work online, by Skype or by Video Chat, clients are surprised by how quickly our connection becomes not only normal, but intimate, because of our visual proximity despite physical distances. I can see when you are calm: our facial expressions are right there! The first thing I do with my clients is teach some basic skills that they can use immediately to lower stress and cortisol levels, ground and calmly focus.
Our first session is all about you, once we have got you focused. I will be listening to you, and also instructing you or showing you what I want you to do during our session. You are in my virtual office, whether we are addressing physiological issues or emotional ones. I can show you diagrams, images or send you documents, that you can retrieve right away.
Regardless of what brings you to me, lowering stress (and cortisol levels) is always a first step to health. With calmness, our work begins. We will be using several forms and questionnaires because these help me understand you but also help you think about where you are wanting help. I systematically and intuitively teach you some effective new skills for regulating your emotional intensity so that you begin to learn - and experience - that you are able to solve your problems, be heard, listen to what you need, or understand your situation in a new way.
Whether you have come to me for physical or emotional help, as a holistic therapist, ultimately no distinctions are made: every part of us connected to every other. Completing a nutrient questionnaire is one aspect of the nutritional protocols I work with.We will be looking at your nutrient intake, for example, because it affects your physical symptoms like headache, fatigue or insomnia as much as issues like anxiety and depression.
My training and experience provide me with many tools that you will be discovering over our sessions together. We will be addressing what your body and your subconscious are needing, in an order determined by you. What makes working with me unique is this approach: systematic but also intuitive.
A look at the extent of my training over the years reflects my passion or discovering the best tools and information to move you forward. So much new neuroscience and functional medicine research comes out every month now that keeping up becomes a passion, and is not only wonderful for our clients, but fascinating!
Session after session, you will be integrating new lifestyle changes and new skills for stress management that help you consciously pursue the goals we set to move forward and create health, better relationships, and happiness.
Clients who work with me love my calm, wise and humorous approach to all therapeutic work. Everything I do is founded in a deep awareness of our CORE of brilliance that has little to do with our physical body or our behavioral quirks. In the words of one of my favorite teachers:
"At our core, we are all bright, joyful and brilliant human beings on our journey to an enlightened, conscious and loving connection to ourselves and others." Jillian Pedrick
This work is light work: we are all on a journey to allow this core self to shine through brightly with more authenticity every day.
As a Naturopath trained in functional medicine, I help you find ways to incorporate into your lifestyle new ways of eating, new methods of detoxifying your body of the assaults of living in the 21st century, and teach you about healthy food based supplementation. I help you understand how food affects your physical and mental health and sense of well-being.
We look at your nutrient intake to uncover deficiencies affecting how you feel, we explore together food based supplements that will help you restore healthy metabolism, and we look at your eating patterns so that we can together create a plan incorporating simple changes that will support health.
My protocols are based on the latest research and information as taught at the Institute of Functional Medicine founded by Alex Vasquez and as taught by the Kresser Institute of Functional Medicine as recently as 2017. My foundational training as you will see was over a decade ago in the Rowland model of nutritional therapy and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Hypnotherapy and Energy Psychology
My work is grounded in trauma and developmental psychology theory, but now integrates new techniques from Hypnotherapy and Energy Psychology.
The developmental approach to therapy is founded on the premise that particular aspects of childhood development influence how an adult goes about all their relationships. How we attached to caregivers in childhood and how our relationships with them developed in large part determines how well we can create intimate and ultimately all adult relationships. If any part of our development in childhood was thwarted, our adult love relationships will painfully reveal that lack.
Traditional talking methods of therapy are based on helping clients retrieve memories, called biographical or explicit memories, and examine present events, to see where they have become stuck, or where their childhood development impinges on the present, and then pursue, with help, a conscious path to new ways of relating to self and others. Then you can consciously pursue the relationship tasks (listening, communication, supporting) necessary to move forward and create success in relationship.
Today, many methods are available that allow us to view such past events in an entirely different way. Today, we can approach these issues with unprecedented speed and with dramatically faster results. These methods are based on the new views of trauma theory, but are rooted in new ways of working with the subconscious to locate, view safely and then release the past events hidden in memory, called implicit memories. The exciting thing about working in this way is that our subconscious engages to help us pursue healthier ways of relating to self and others by releasing for us the impediments to happiness, authenticity and success.
I use these new methods. You too will be learning to use revolutionary new methods, techniques from Energy Psychology and techniques from Hypnotherapy that you apply, safely, with me, to achieve transformation of issues you may have struggled with for decades.
In the 1990's, kinesiologists discovered that muscles in the body responded to cues in our electro-magnetic field and that we could use the deltoid muscle in the shoulder to determine many aspects of physical health. Many chiropractors, natural allergy specialists and naturopaths are trained now in the use of applied kinesiology, or what is called muscle testing, for their work.
A decade later, the psychologists began learning that the same methods can be applied to learning about psychological issues.
What is even stranger, as you will discover with me, is that someone else can act on your behalf, or be a surrogate for you. This wonderful skill of Applied Kinesiology has opened doors to information we could not have found otherwise. With me, you will explore what we can find out about you in this way.
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