Beliefs and Worldview


  1. Reality as Sensory and Extrasensory
  2. Interpersonal Relationships
  3. Harmony
  4. Community
  5. Life Experience
  6. Paradoxes
  7. Self-Identity in Humanity
  8. Knowledge of Self
  9. Self-Worth

Adapted from Linda James Myers’ Optimal Psychology
~the Ohio State University

Mind-Body Connection


Healthy habits help us to have better relationships, and to reach our goals in life. Sometimes, our health practices, such as food and exercise, can contribute to unhappy feelings. Let’s explore how your health habits can help you be happier.

Movement psychotherapy combines traditional approaches to counseling, including dream work, talk, interpretation, and reflection, with experiential explorations. The underlying insight in movement psychotherapy is that we enact self-feeling, identity, and connection with others through bodily means. We reach out or pull away, are warm or cold to people, are emotional or restricted in our feelings.

Through our development in families and communities, we construct embodied patterns of feeling, sensation, expression, movement, and emotion through which we know ourselves and make relationships in the world.

Work, play, and other engagements with the world are also enacted through the development of varying muscular states, emotional and feeling capabilities, and ranges of movement.

The goal is to help clients explore the bodily means by which they conduct their daily lives. Through the use of breath work; movement exercises; touch; and explorations of feeling, sensation, posture, gesture, and expression, clients experience how they shape particular identities and interact with others.

These explorations of clients’ patterns of bodily comportment and the explorations of new means of enactment are useful tools in the development of self-awareness and satisfaction in living.

Movement psychotherapy has been found to be a particularly effective means of working with trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), dissociation, identity issues, and affect regulation. It is effective in both group and individual settings, and especially useful for self-reflection and the development of new ranges of affect, expression, and self-comportment.

~ Adapted from Linda James Myers’ Optimal Psychology, Ohio State University

Sandplay


“Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.”
~C. G. Jung

In this current age and time that rushes toward the future, the simplicity and depth of Sandplay provides a space for contact with the inner, symbolic world. A basic premise of Sandplay is that psyche possesses an natural tendency to heal itself, given the proper conditions. Similar to our physical wounds that heal under beneficial conditions, the psyche has an instinctual wisdom that emerges when able to operate naturally.

In a “free and protected” space provided by a trained Sandplay therapist, the client creates a concrete manifestation from his or her imagination using sand, water, and miniature objects.

~ Some text adapted from “What is Sandplay Therapy?” at Sandplay Therapists of America

Art Therapy


Through integrative methods, art therapy engages the mind, body, and spirit in ways that are distinct from verbal articulation alone. Kinesthetic, sensory, perceptual, and symbolic opportunities invite alternative modes of receptive and expressive communication, which can circumvent the limitations of language. Visual and symbolic expression gives voice to experience and empowers individual, communal, and societal transformation.

Art Therapy, facilitated by professional art therapist, effectively supports personal and relational treatment goals as well as community concerns. Art Therapy is used to improve cognitive and sensory-motor functions, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight, enhance social skills, reduce and resolve conflicts and distress, and advance societal and ecological change.

I am not a Licensed Professional Art Therapist. I am an artist who also happens to be a psychotherapist. Materials are provided for you to create and heal.

~ Some text adapted from American Art Therapy Association (https://arttherapy.org/about-art-therapy/)

Telehealth Counseling Sessions


Telehealth Counseling Sessions are similar to in-person sessions with your therapist, but instead of coming into the office, you and your counselor meet in a comfortable place of your choosing using interactive audio and video technology.

At Umoja Behavioral Health, we go to great lengths to ensure that your privacy is protected when using our Telehealth Services. Virtual visits with your counselor are HIPAA compliant, in order to protect your privacy and confidentiality.

There is no additional cost to you – your insurance company will cover the sessions the same way, and you can use your computer or smartphone. Patients participate in sessions from home or from any confidential location determined appropriate by the patient and their clinician.

If a client does not have the technical capability to participate in sessions from home (no internet connection or access to smartphones with cellular connection) they can participate in therapy via telephone during the COVID-19 health advisory.