Stacey Rempert LCSW-C                                               (410) 206-8573          
 Clinical Social Worker, Trauma Certified                                               
What can I expect from therapy?

Each of us is different, so rather than using a "cookie cutter approach," I see therapy as a collaborative effort tailored to your unique experience and needs.  Some people just want traditional "talk therapy" only, while others are interested in trying more non-conventional and creative approaches to healing.  Talk therapy can include psychoeducation, working on changing beliefs, taking action steps toward changing a behavior, and most importantly,  simply continuing to build a strong rapport between client and therapist. My experience has been that the longer someone keeps coming to therapy, the more open to trying new techniques that person becomes. A trusting and stable therapeutic relationship creates a safe and comfortable atmosphere in which clients are willing to try something unfamiliar or even a bit uncomfortable.

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Here is a description of some of the creative modalities I find most helpful.  I feel I should mention that none of these involve any type of "hands-on" contact between client and therapist.

YOGA: Yoga is an ancient practice that combines breathing techniques, specific body postures, and mental focus.  Benefits of yoga are both physical and emotional, and are especially helpful for those struggling with anxiety, trauma,  dissociation, and depression. Anyone can do yoga; it's a myth that you must be flexible, and it's fine if you have never done yoga before as well. 
I use several styles of yoga including gentle, restorative, and vinyasa.  Clients share that as a result of regular yoga practice, they are better able to stay present even during stressful situations, and have a sense of "more room to breathe" within their bodies.  I have a separate room for yoga that I use, so we have plenty of space.  I provide the mat and all other supplies. I completed my yoga teacher training at the Yoga Center of Columbia in 2017 and have been practicing on my own for over 15 years. 

BREATHING: Breathing is a key component of yoga but is also very helpful to do by itself.  Some breathing techniques decrease anxiety while others energize and  ground the body as well as ease depression. I can't say enough about how powerful breathing exercises are! Every time I have done breathing exercises in session with a client, that person has left saying they feel so much better and want to do it again! Additionally, they often start using the breathing exercises throughout the day to manage their moods.

GUIDED IMAGERY: Guided imagery is a gentle and effective technique that can be used in a variety of ways.  While it is not considered traditional hypnosis, it does shift the brain into a more relaxed and receptive state.  When using this technique, I create a calm atmosphere with soothing music and soft lighting to help clients have an embodied experience.  Guided imagery can assist clients in seeing themselves differently, accessing different aspects of themselves, stopping nightmares, changing a behavior, or healing an unresolved emotional wound.  Many clients report real and lasting changes as a result of using guided imagery.  Some clients also choose to record a guided imagery session on their phone's audio recorder function so they can listen to it whenever they like.  Repetition is key for rewiring the brain to think and behave differently!

FOCUSING: Focusing is a mind/body technique that allows you to access your own inner wisdom.  Similar to guided imagery, the brain is shifted into a more relaxed and receptive state, though it is much more interactive between the client and therapist, as well as between the client and his/her own body.  Focusing can be used to gain clarity about all sorts of issues as well as facilitate healing emotional wounds. I am fairly new to using Focusing, but have found it to be extremely powerful even in just a few sessions for clients who are open to this type of technique. 

The human brain is extraordinarily complex and has the amazing ability to change over time. This is great news for anyone seeking therapy!           
  The only day you'll ever have to make changes is TODAY. 
"Some day" and "one day" aren't days of the week!

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