The Missing Peace is also Accredited by The Joint Commission. This accreditation means that our facilities meet the same quality control and inspection standards as a hospital. The accreditation signifies many things, but most importantly it lets our patients and community know that we have placed an emphasis on quality of care.
Individual Therapy CBT, Trauma Work & Exposure Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)-Our thoughts inform our behavior. Our thoughts give rise to our actions. Change your thoughts=Change your behavior. CBT is an Evidence-Based therapy designed to aid you in processing your worries and execute your responsibilities without fear. This kind of therapy teaches you how to think about your issues differently. How to find the solution instead of focusing on the problem. This informs your actions. When fear no longer dominates your thoughts, your actions and your life become very different.
Exposure Therapy-Exposure therapy is exactly what it sounds like. Think of it as the equivalent of a vaccination. This process takes gentle and realistic steps toward helping you to live your life again with small and brief sessions that help you to better understand how your anxiety speaks to you, and how to change the dialogue in your head so that you can conquer the trauma or fear that is unjustly controlling your life.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)- Thi therapy was first developed by Francine Shapiro upon noticing that certain eye movements reduced the intensity of disturbing thought. Scientific studies with trauma victims produced research to be published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress in 1989. When a traumatic or distressing experience occurs, it may overwhelm normal coping mechanisms. When experiencing a disturbing thought, the eyes involuntarily movie rapidly. When brought under voluntary control while thinking a traumatic thought, anxiety is reduced and the traumatic events “upset the excitatory/inhibitory balance in the brain, causing a pathological change in the neural elements”. In other words, this modality of processing trauma changes the brains reaction to the already experienced trauma. We have found this approach for people suffering from PTSD, and other symptoms of trauma, greatly reduces trauma, flashbacks, nightmares, panic attacks and other symptoms commonly associated with PTSD. We have learned to trust the process of EMDR, and have seen miraculous results.
When we are awake and alert our brains are producing beta waves. Beta waves move very quickly and while they are activated it’s extremely difficult to access the subconscious mind. Hypnosis is the symbol act of shifting your brain waves into an alpha theta state. If you have ever watched television you have been hypnotized. As your brain watches the television it shifts into a more relaxed alpha state which makes you more suggestible and open to new ideas. This is why commercials are so effective, your brain is in the perfect state to entice you to eat the food they are displaying or buy the car they are showing off.
A certified hypnotherapist can help you reprogram negative messaging that is impacting your life. Behaviors and thought patterns that no longer serve you are within your grasp to change.
Art therapy does not require you to be an artist. Anxiety, trauma and depression are stored in many parts of our brains and bodies. The opportunity to express our feelings through color and tactile experience, allows to approach our pain that is stored deep inside other parts of self.
Embrace the daunting idea of Group therapy. Group therapy is probably the last thing you want to hear about! Depression and anxiety tell you to avoid others. Depression and anxiety tell you that others will judge you and that there is something wrong with you. Quite the opposite is the gift you will receive for taking on this seemingly challenging modality. There is power in groups. Our groups are thoughtfully and carefully designed to create feelings of belonging and acceptance of one another. The support you will feel in groups is a very important part of loving yourself, loving others and healing each other. Groups can involve simple processing, art, meditation, breathwork, song-writing, aromatherapy, movement and nutrition.
A typical course of sessions takes 20 to 40 visits. IMAGINE being able to change your brain in 20-40 sessions??!! At the beginning of each session you report both major and/or minor mental and emotional changes you may have experienced since the last session. On the basis of this report the therapy may be adjusted.
Neurofeedback has been used for years by NASA and The Armed Forces.
Studies show Neurofeedback has been extremely successful in helping reduce anxiety, depression, ptsd, insomnia and add/adhd.
Pulse Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF)-cellular communication is critical to the body’s adaptation, regulation and healing processes. Healthy cellular communication is responsible for the overall health of the body by dealing with the causes and symptoms of cell deterioration and disease. Every single cell in the body communicates via electromagnetic fields. When these critical communications are disrupted or blocked the body’s cells, tissues and organs may be compromised and unhealthy symptoms follow.
A number of internal and environmental sources can contribute to the breakdown of the body cellular communication processes. Some of these sources include nutritional deficiencies, chemicals, toxins, genetics, emotional stressors and blocks at the subconscious level. Computers cell phones high power electrical lines microwaves and other common electronic devices over time also cause sensitivities and imbalances
During this therapy you are safely delivered very low intensity electromagnetic signals through frequencies. These signals create gentle electromagnetic field changes that encourage improved cellular communications within the body. More specifically PE and F signals target communication channels or biological windows that correlate with specific areas of the body and mind once this happened the body can more efficiently process the electrical and chemical exchanges associated with those channels and in dress imbalances or dysfunction of those areas. By facilitating cellular communications and supporting the body’s own adaptation and regulation activities body biofeedback can help accelerate healing, restore it or balance and return the body to a natural state of wellness.
When you are in anxious and/or trauma activated states your brain is producing beta waves. Beta waves are very high frequency low amplitude waves, allowing you to be ever vigilant and alert. To help the brain relax, the Alpha Stimulation mechanism stimulates the production of Alpha brain waves. Alpha waves have a lower frequency and higher amplitude which your brain uses to create a more relaxed state of being in your body and brain. Alpha simulation allows your brain waves to shift into a more relaxed a suggestible state. It is in this state that we are able to receive information via a guided meditation, reading or even music that help us to alter our core messaging. In essence, your brain learns how to calm itself down. We provide a relaxing setting in our sunset beach room, our galaxy room, or the puzzle gallery.
Learn to change your heart rhythm pattern to create physiological coherence; a scientifically measurable state characterized by increased order and harmony in our mind, emotions and body. Through this special modality you can actually see on our monitor how your thoughts are effecting your heart rate and vice versa.
Most of us have been taught in school that the heart is constantly responding to “orders” sent by the brain in the form of neural signals. However, it is not as commonly known that the heart actually sends more signals to the brain than the brain sends to the heart! Moreover, these heart signals have a significant effect on brain function – influencing emotional processing as well as higher cognitive faculties such as attention, perception, memory, and problem-solving. In other words, not only does the heart respond to the brain, but the brain continuously responds to the heart.
HeartMath research has demonstrated that different patterns of heart activity (which accompany different emotional states) have distinct effects on cognitive and emotional function. During stress and negative emotions, when the heart rhythm pattern is erratic and disordered, the corresponding pattern of neural signals traveling from the heart to the brain inhibits higher cognitive functions. This limits our ability to think clearly, remember, learn, reason, and make effective decisions. (This helps explain why we may often act impulsively and unwisely when we’re under stress.) The heart’s input to the brain during stressful or negative emotions also has a profound effect on the brain’s emotional processes—actually serving to reinforce the emotional experience of stress.
In contrast, the more ordered and stable pattern of the heart’s input to the brain during positive emotional states has the opposite effect – it facilitates cognitive function and reinforces positive feelings and emotional stability. This means that learning to generate increased heart rhythm coherence, by sustaining positive emotions, not only benefits the entire body, but also profoundly affects how we perceive, think, feel, and perform. This is what we help you to do.
Muscle Massage Therapy/ Movement
Muscle Massage Therapy-For centuries we have known that our bodies are the storage lockers and keepers our tensions, anxieties, depression and trauma. Your bodies is direct connection to your psyche and your well being. If you have had pain, your body is holding it for you.
Through the gentle relaxing of muscle tissue and fascia you are able to release toxins and trauma that have been long held in your physical body. By relaxing the body as well as the mind our internal circuits are in harmony, creating a sense of calm, well-being and peace.
MOVEMENT-Actual movement of your body is essential to releasing trapped energies stored in your muscles from anxiety, trauma and depression. The movement techniques used at the center are nonstrenuous but very powerful in their ability to exercise toxic energy from your body and pull in positive, healthy, healing energy from the universe. Aspects of Qi gong, kundalini energy, sound healing and breath work are beautifully provided to you by our certified practitioner to help your body return to a natural and easy flow.
Olfactory Anxiety Reduction
The use of essential oils for therapeutic, spiritual, hygienic and ritualistic purposes goes back to ancient civilizations including the Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Greeks. Many studies, including those of cancer patients, have shown aromatherapy to lower anxiety and depression symptoms. Aromatherapy involves more than using lavender to help you sleep. Our olfactory senses are very powerful and have the ability to trigger or soothe anxiety, depression and trauma.
We use medical grade essential oils administered by our specialist who has worked with the cancer ward at St john’s hospital, as well the medical community in London where the efficacy of this modality is more readily available. Our process includes inhalers, diffusers and contact placement designed for you specifically.
Nutrition includes more than the physical food you eat. The food you eat is actually your secondary source of food. Your primary source of food is your emotional environment. This includes elements such as spiritual practice, inspiring career, regular and enjoyable physical activity, and honest, emotionally safe relationships that feed your soul and your hunger for living. When primary food is balanced and satiating, your life feeds you, making what you eat secondary. The more primary food we receive the last we depend on secondary food as a way of self-soothing. When our primary food is in order it is much easier feed ourselves actual food that our body needs to stay comfortable and healthy.
ENERGY WORK/REIKI/SOUND THERAPY
In addition to your physical body you have your energy body. There are many words for your energy body some prefer spirit, chi, soul, aura, prana… what you call it doesn’t matter, as long as you know how to communicate with and heal your energy body. We are energy more than we are anything else. Everything see feel touch and hear is energy. Beyond that there is energy that we cannot see, feel or touch, for example radio waves. We hear radio waves because we know how to access them. You have felt your own invisible energy when someone and instantly get a bad feeling. Your energy body connected with their energy body and it was not a harmonious connection. The entire universe is made up of energy and connections. Through modalities like Reiki, chakra work and sound energy you have the chance to balance the energy in your body, mind and spirit. The energy that you interact with creates positive and negative exchanges with you and your energy. It is important to fortify your own energy with strength, love and wisdom, so that you can navigate your life more harmonic balance.
MEDITATION AND PRAYER
There have been many studies that show hope is an essential component of healing. There is something about us as human beings that need hope. We all need hope. We need spirituality. We need to be able to trust that no matter what, you will be okay. And you are. And you will be. But why settle for okay? The universe wants you to have abundance in everything. Abundance in health, love, money…whatever it is you hold dear to your heart- it is available to you in abundance. You just need to know how to feel it and access it. Just like you can access music on a radio wave. Anxiety, depression and trauma have tuned your frequencies to sadness and worry.
When life has dealt you many blows you begin to believe negative thoughts that accompany moments of trauma like “I don’t matter”, “Nobody cares if I get hurt”, “I have no purpose” “There is no hope”. This is the result of bad experiences from other people, that you have learned to tell yourself. These kinds of thoughts and traumas tear away at hope. making you feel like your belief in hope is gone. Hope is never gone, even if it feels like it. You can always raise your vibration to a higher place where hope can be experienced in all its greatness.
We are sure that at some point in your life you’ve experienced the magic that I’m speaking of. Maybe you still revel at it. Maybe you have passed it off as coincidence as time passed. But when you felt it the first time it was very real and very powerful.
Even the trauma that has brought you to be reading this right now, has let you know that you made it through, whatever that pain was enough, to reach out for help.
Faith is more tangible than you realize, if you trust it when you experience it. If you touch a hot stove and burn yourself as a child you trust and believe that touching a hot stove will burn you. There is no need to repeat the experiment to see if you imagined it. Faith is as tangible as a hot stove if you really take note of its presence. It is a much subtler dimension than the first five senses are able to experience, but it is just as real and far more powerful.