I am particularly concerned about the degree to which contemporary post-industrial life has separated us from our original connections to earth and intimate human groups. This results, in my view, in much of our psychological and emotional symptoms and disorders.
The theme of the Self-Healing Mind expresses my perspective about psychological well-being: we were intended to be, and naturally are, whole beings. Our psychological and emotional disorders and dysfunctions are like overlays that obscure our natural state. The mind-body systems are designed to regulate and heal themselves—if they receive the right promptings.
It is significant that in these troubled times there has been an impressive convergence of the world’s various sources of wisdom, both ancient and contemporary, that seeks to address the issue of individual suffering—emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual. From traditional Buddhist meditation to the most recent knowledge in neuroscience, we are discovering the tremendous powers of the human mind, particularly that of the mind’s capacity to heal itself.
Extensive training in family therapy allows me to see the individual as part of a family system. This system is internalized and held in the nervous system of the individual, sometimes as traumatic experiences and painful memories, greatly affecting how the individual perceives him/herself, cognitively, emotional and physically.
Furthermore, I have come to understand the importance of including the body in any kind of psychological and emotional healing. It is now universally understood that the mind and body form a continuum and that they cannot be separated from each other. And what is of equal importance is that each individual can learn for him/her self how to access and work with their brain/body experiences in order to regulate and heal negative emotional patterns and trauma.
In sum: As an anthropologist, psychotherapist and meditator, over the years I have studied this self-healing mind and I am able to offer various healing modalities that utilize its potential. These modalities include individual therapy, EMDR, Integrated Body Therapy, classes in Mindfulness Meditation, and Buddhist psychology. In these various ways I teach people how to engage their minds in the self-healing process.