Frequently Asked Questions

HOW LONG DOES EACH THERAPY SESSION TAKE?

Sessions are typically 50 minutes long.  Some clients opt for 75 minute or 100 minute sessions.

HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE?

I charge $180 for a 50 minute session.  I am committed to serving folks from as broad a range of socio-economic backgrounds as possible. Therefore I provide some sliding scale spots as well.

DO YOU TAKE INSURANCE?

I currently do not take insurance. I can provide receipts for reimbursement if you have a Health Savings Account or another reimbursing entity.

DO YOU USE FREUDIAN OR JUNGIAN ANALYSIS TECHNIQUES?

Not really.  Freud's discovery of the unconscious is incredibly useful and guides my understanding of the psyche. Jung provided a profound insight about archetypal energies and archetypes that permeate reality and human culture.  This I find fascinating and useful from the standpoint of parts work.  Our ability to step into many different roles, and to have many different parts and desires can be illuminated by Jung's work.  In addition Jung spoke about "shadow work" (bringing unconscious desires and influences to light) which I am very interested in.  I definitely do shadow work, but I use body oriented techniques and good old fashioned enthusiasm to get there.  I am a Hakomi trained therapist, and so the techniques I use mostly come from the Hakomi method.

WHAT THE F*@K IS HAKOMI!?!

First of all, great question.

Secondly, there is no need for the language or the yelling.  But I welcome you however feels right for you to show up. Sometimes a little yelling is just what the doctor ordered.  

 

Hakomi is a Mindfulness-Centered Somatic (body-informed) Psychotherapy. Hakomi therapy is guided by the following principles:

MINDFULNESS- a powerful tool for helping persons study the organization of their experience. It is an exploratory, relaxed and alert, meditative (though non-hypnotic), state of consciousness, which allows us to move beyond our normal, habitual thoughts and actions to the often richly non-verbal intuitions of our deeper states. 

NON-VIOLENCE- a principle that promotes safe, non-forceful, cooperative exploration through honoring the signs and signals of our organic processes, especially those that manifest as “resistance.” 

MIND-BODY INTEGRATION- affirms that mind and body jointly manifest and reflect the beliefs we hold about ourselves and the world, which in turn organize how we creatively experience and express ourselves in life. 

UNITY- as people, we are living, organic systems that are integral wholes, composed of parts, which also participate in larger systems. The interdependency of all levels of the system, including the physical/metabolic, intrapsychic, interpersonal, family, cultural, and spiritual are taken seriously.

ORGANICITY- when all the parts are communicating within the whole, the system is self-directing and self-correcting, and has an inner wisdom of its own. I support you toward your organic unfolding toward wholeness, and trust that this is the direction that you will naturally seek. Rather than imposing my agenda, I work cooperatively with you.

You can find more information here:

http://hakomiinstitute.com/about/the-hakomi-method

J. Brian Thompson, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist 113680