Integrated Medicine for Mental Health Practitioner
Coaching and Counseling services are offered through our owner Jessica Waters. Jessica has a master's in psychology with additional academic certificate work in transpersonal counseling, positive psychology, social emotional learning, co-occurring disorders and the arts. She holds additional certificates and credentials in clinical trauma treatment of children, adolescents, adults and families, grief counseling, anxiety, stress, depression and mood disorders, ptsd and neuroscience. Jessica is a Integrative Medicine for Mental Health practitioner that combines mind, body holistic and alternative practices to create optimal healing and significant life change.
What is Integrated Medicine for Mental Health?
IMMH focuses on using holistic alternative medicine treatments and practices to enhance mental health and healing. It combines lifestyle, nutrition, supplements, movement, expressive arts, Heart Variability Training, neuroscience, body based practices, Ayurveda, mindfulness and meditation, affirmation and yoga. Jessica also uses the DaLian Method, HeartMath (HRV) and integrates traditional practices like cognitive based therapy, solution focused therapy, motivational interviewing and DBT, which she has extensive training in as well.
Our mission is to educate practitioners on how to help regain and enhance mental wellness through these methods. These methods can be used in conjunction with traditional medical approaches like psychotherapy. By focusing on an individual's unique needs in a whole body, mind, spirit practice, grounded in trauma informed practice and neuroscience she has successfully treated individuals with substance use issues, anxiety, depression and other mood disorders, unresolved and unhealed trauma, unhealed grief and ADHD. Her certifications include:
-Clinical Trauma Specialist (Youth, Adults, Families, Addictions) -Mood Disorders -Grief Counseling
-Co-occurring disorders in substance use -substance use treatment and prevention -neuroscience
-mindfulness and meditation certifications -trauma informed expressive arts therapy -ADHD specialist
-somatic embodiment and self regulation -somatics -Accessible Yoga, Yoga for All, Body Positive Yoga
-children's yoga, restorative and chair yoga - Primordial Breathwork -Ayurveda -Pranayama -Yoga Nidra -therapeutic art -mindful and meditative art and expressive arts -animism -shamanic art -life coaching -recovery coaching -medication assisted recovery -art in health -healing art for palliative care
-CBT, DBT, SFT, MI, TF-CBT -end of life care and transition -DaLian Method -HeartMath -Dynamic Neural Retraining, -Biogenetics -grief yoga -sound healing
She hold psychotherapist credentials in Colorado and addictions counseling credentials in Colorado and Missouri and works with other mental health providers and holistic practitioners for client referral for specific concerns outside of her scope.
She offers Integrated Medicine for Mental Health to all states.
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Life Coaching, Workshop Facilitation and Counseling
All sessions delivered online or via telehealth currently.
I've never done yoga and it seems crazy with those positions. How does that work?
Yoga means union. Yoga itself is a system of 8 different branches that combines, breathing, meditation, mindfulness, poses (asana), readings, service, etc. Jessica is trained in Accessible Yoga, as well as, Body Positive, Yoga for All, Yoga for 12 Steps, Chair, children's and Restorative yoga. With this Jessica has learned about modifications for multiple body types, abilities (even bed ridden clients) and always incorporates breathwork (pranayama) and mindfulness. She doesn't teach Ashtanga or advanced poses.
Yoga is about coming home to yourself.
-Jivana Heyman, Accessible Yoga
Yoga. It is not just asana (poses). That misses the point of yoga all together. Yoga encompasses the practices of meditation, breath, chant, study, devotion and love, service, poses, social justice and so much more. Yoga is an inward journey, not gymnastics. Yoga is not religious. It's a philosophy like Buddhism. However yoga is embraced by some religions and it surely is spiritually energetic. Yoga is union with True Self--union between the ego and the mind and the spirit. Samadhi.
We help and invite anyone, regardless of health, body type, ability, race, sexual orientation, religion, culture, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, residence or lack there of, sex, to use our services and welcome you into practice.
What is the DaLian Method?
DaLian Method is a process of guided, focused visualization and meditation that involves examining and letting go of unhealed trauma's or parts of the self. 1 session of DaLian method is typically 2 hours with 90 minutes belonging to the focused visualization and guided meditation process.
What is HeartMath?
HeartMath is a method of guided visualization and meditation that focuses on activation of the heart and synchronization of your brain waves with the energy output of the heart. It's energy frequency work from your brain and heart that impacts stress, anxiety, depression and for some, trauma ad grief.
What kind of meditation do you use or are you trained in?
Jessica is trained in MBSR, Tara Brach's RAIN method, Chopra's Primordial Sound Meditation, Transcendental Meditation, Metta or Loving Kindness, Mindfulness Based MindFit Training, pranayama, to name a few. She uses a variety of different practices that tailor your experience to what works for you. She has received training from Bhakti Yogashala in Rishikesh, India, The Chopra Center, Terry Fralich, Jon Kabat Zinn's MBSR, Thich Nhat Hahn, Richard Rohr's Center for Contemplation and Action, Sean Fargo, Sharon Salzberg and many more.
What is Vedic and Ayurvedic Counseling/Psychology?
Vedic and Ayurvedic counseling and psychology is native to India and steeped in the traditional medicine of Ayurveda. In Vedic and Ayurvedic psychology, Ayurveda principles of wellness, body type (doshas) and practices are used to enhance mental wellness and dis-ease. It looks at your body constitution and traits, and formulates alternative medicine practice's including nutrition and yoga to assist in the mind/body connection to supporting mental health needs.
What is Dynamic Neural Retraining?
Dynamic Neural Retraining is a system of specific processes and meditations that work with rewiring your brain in order to help control pain and promote healing from things caused by chronic trauma: fibromyalgia, multiple chemical sensitivities, chronic pain, etc.
What kind of training do you have in trauma and grief?
Jessica has extensive training in trauma and grief. She has completed numerous clinical trauma trainings from the Arizona Trauma Institute, University of Buffalo School of Social Work, Dr. Janina Fischer, Dr. Bessel vander Kolk, Dr. Dan Siegel, Dr. Bruce Perry, Dr. Cathy Malchiodi and Dr. Emily Watson. She also has training in neuroscience from many different organizations and practitioners that focuses on understanding the mind/body connection in trauma from that lens as well as from an esoteric body lens. Jessica not only has studied, been a practitioner and therapist leading clients through healing paths, but has also traveled that path herself in overcoming complex, chronic trauma. She completed training in complicated grief treatment from Columbia University in 2020 and is presently extending her neuroscience study at Harvard with a certification in Foundations of Neuroscience. All of these practices she offers have been used by her personally for her own healing. These practices assist with recovery from substance abuse as well.
Can you do anything to help the terminally ill or with end of life care?
Yes. Jessica has extensive training from the Cal State San Marcos Center for Palliative Care program as well as Hospice of America. She looks at end of life care as a sacred passage for both the dying and their families. The arts, bed/accessible yoga, nutrition, natural pain relief methods, spiritual ceremony, ritual creation, processing of grief, transition planning and family aftercare are all apart of she treats end of life and terminal illness.
What about Native and Indigenous Medicine in Mental Health?
Jessica's genealogy is Ojibwe/Ottawa, Choctaw, German and Irish/English. She grew up learning to tend to the land and it's inhabitants as well as how to live off it. Her tribe is not federally recognized and therefore traditional teachings had to come through seeking out elders to teach her. Through this path of the past 20 years, she has worked with Gemma Bennett, Jose Lucero, Joseph Rael and Kahontakwas Diane Longboat as well as Sandra Ingerman and Dr. Daniel Floor (animism) and Dr. Leslie Korn's Center for Indigenous and Traditional Medicine.
MBTI Therapeutic Expressive Arts Facilitation & Coaching combines psychology and the creative process to promote emotional and spiritual growth and healing. This multi-arts, or intermodal, approach to psychotherapy and counseling uses our inborn desire to create—be it music, theater, poetry, dance, film her artistic form—as a tool to help initiate change. I have completed specific work in the area of expressive arts therapy and expressive arts facilitation from Dr. Cathy Malchiodi, Emily Watson, Pamela Markoff, Shelley Klammer, Dr. Jill Mellick and Dr. Nancy Rowe. I'm a certified Healing Through the Arts facilitator (Mary Rockwood Lane), Art and Healing, Healing Through the Arts in Palliative Care (UC-SM Center for Palliative Care), transpersonal counseling with creative/expressive arts at Sofia University, mindful art and art therapy and therapeutic art facilitation and life coaching.
The purpose of my custom designed programs for individuals and support groups are to help you stabilize, restore, and optimize your physical, mental and emotional health. Therapeutic Expressive Arts, wellness counseling, lifestyle coaching, psycho education and the development of coping strategies are offered as we work together to create a path through life for you that is meaningful and healthy.
What happens during a Coaching session?
Of course it's different for everyone, but topics often include:
New loss and all the big changes that go with it.
Adjustment issues with big life changes.
Lifestyle modification and the development of positive lifestyle habits.
Self-esteem, and the challenge of rebuilding self confidence.
Every day stressors like work, childcare, and managing a household.
Identifying triggers, coping mechanisms and mindfulness based coping skills.
Difficulties with decision-making, from the every day to the big life decisions that many grievers are facing alone after loss.
Identifying support and improving communication with family and friends.
Dealing with complicated emotions like anger, guilt and shame.
Lifestyle support and mindfulness coping skill development for any mental health issue.
We have excellent organizations and practices to refer you to in case you may need more assistance with a specific issue or a desire to try medication in tandem with therapy and coaching.
What is Integrated Medicine for Mental Health?
Mental Health Integrated Medicine is the process of evaluating and providing suggestions for lifestyle modifications that directly impact mental health. I am trained by Harvard trained traumatologist and former clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School's Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Leslie Korn. Dr. Korn has studied indigenous medicine and the impact of nutrition, movement, supplements and sleep on mental wellness specifically in the treatment of mental health disorders. I hava also completed her traditional medicine program from the Center for World Indigenous Studies. I'm currently completing training in Ayurveda.
Mindfulness Based Trauma Informed Classroom Coaching and SEL Integrated Arts
Looking to implement trauma informed classroom strategies and techniques into your school or classroom? Wanting to know more about mindfulness's role in schools and in your classroom and how it positively impacts behavior? I have assisted Title 1 schools with high trauma populations in training and implementing these very practices as well as have been a trauma informed, mindfulness based, SEL inclusive classroom teacher at the elementary level since 2001. After Columbine, I was apart of Colorado's violence prevention initiatives and studied trauma beginning in 2000 with Dr. Bruce Perry, developmental trauma expert and creator of the Child Trauma Academy. Since I have been trained in trauma practices and therapies with trauma specialists Dr. Janina Fischer, Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk, Dr. Dan Seagal and many more. I have an extensive background in mindfulness, but school specific training from Mindful Schools. I am a certified clinical trauma specialist with certification in adult, child-adolescent, family and addictions populations from the Arizona Trauma Institute, Level 1 and 2 training with Dr. Cathy Malchiodi's Trauma Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Training, Level 3 training in Somatic (body) Embodiment and Self Regulation with Linda Thai, certified clinical trauma specialist level 2 with Janina Fischer, trauma informed yoga, trauma informed mindfulness with David Treleavan, certificates from the University of Buffalo School of Social Work in clinical foundations of trauma informed counseling and trauma informed education organizations, from the University of Colorado Boulder in social emotional learning and possesses certification as a mindfulness informed clinician and mindfulness and meditation teacher. Additionally I am a certified youth mental health specialist, an ADHD certified educator and clinical specialist, a mindfulness certified educator and am certified in children's yoga.
I have used my methods in schools with 90% poverty, 23 different languages, refugee and homeless populations and multi-racial schools. I have seen amazing results in the classroom and with individual students when these practices are implemented and co-regulation occurs. First however, we have to learn to be regulated in high stress situations as well. I am available for 1:1 mentoring and coaching for teachers who want support implementing these practices. If you are not in the Kansas City area, let's talk about how we can work together through Zoom. Small groups can work this way as well. School site mentoring and training is available via Zoom throughout COVID 19. I present workshops for NAMI each semester in NAMI Basics, Family to Family and Family and Friends.
Healing Through Art in Palliative Care
Healing Through Art in Palliative Care is a process of being with people who are dying and those who are grieving. I am a professionally certified Healing Through Art in Palliative Care facilitator and trainer and Certified Grief Counseling Specialist who helps in many ways to ease the process of dying, grieving, and acknowledging death as a sacred act. I provide grounded, loving, compassionate coaching and guidance and speak with one voice to provide a compassionate witness to both family and the dying person. Expressive Arts methods are used to assist in processing, coping and celebrating one's end of life. I am trained and certified in this modality of therapeutic art through the University of California San Marcos Center for Palliative Care. My grief counselor training is through Hospice of America, Columbia University's Center for Complicated Grief and University of Wisconsin. I have completed training with David Kessler and Mindfulness and Grief as well as a Death Doula.
How does all this work?
We start with a FREE 30 minute phone consultation. You'll speak with me, Jessica Waters, the founder of MBCAI. We will work together to first get a sense of your needs. With our next appointment we will learn more about you and find the tools, perspective and strategy you need to begin the process of healing, working with you in the therapeutic process. Sessions can be done over the phone or via Zoom or Doxy.me which means you can fit it into your day, without ever having to leave home. My hours are predominantly evenings and weekends. After the consult we will schedule a 1 hour session. Typically they are one time a week to start, but we can do it once or twice a month if that's better for you. There is no set or required schedule and no minimum number of sessions required to sign up. The cost is 40.00 per 1 hour session or 20.00 per 1/2 hour session with a sliding scale. Typically we meet once a week but can meet more often or less often given the situation. We are dedicated to being affordable care for those with low income. Contact us at email@example.com or 913-585-0532 to schedule your appointment.
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