"Every moment of life is an adventure, if you are paying attention." - CH
Inner Life Adventures, LLC exists to fill a gap. We do not take a problem centered approach. In fact, there is really no such thing as a problem, only information. Others specialize in treatment of a problem, such as depression, anxiety, relationships, career, substance abuse, life transitions, anger management, assertiveness, sexuality, body image, unemployment, eating issues, and on and on... The list of "problems" that we face in our lives can be infinite. Rather than focusing on problems and labels, we focus on you as a whole, complete, healthy human being, no matter how you might feel or what you are facing. Working from this positive stance, we will help guide you through an exploration of self, environment, and resources that you have to help you move through whatever you are facing.
We use an integrative approach drawing on many different theories including
Experiential Psychotherapy, Client Centered Psychotherapy,
Rational-Emotive Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Adlerian
Psychotherapy, Transactional Analysis, and a variety of career theories. However, every action we take is informed by the five guiding principles of the Hakomi Method of Psychotherapy.
MINDFULNESS is a powerful tool for helping people 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. The process also supports the mobilization of our essential or core selves, which have a presence, centeredness, compassion, and wisdom that transcends the limitations of our historical experience. (**No prior experience with mindfulness is required. Rather, the process will assist your self study.)
NON-VIOLENCE is 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.” In contrast to confronting or overpowering such “defenses,” the Hakomi methodology respects and literally supports such occurrences, which then allows them to be befriended for the wisdom they contain, and willingly yielded when appropriate.
The principle of 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. Hakomi has many ways of exploring the mind-body connection to help bring to awareness this somatic material, and the core beliefs and experiences that generate it.
The UNITY principle assumes that, 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 in Hakomi.
ORGANICITY assumes that 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. In Hakomi, we support our clients' organic unfolding toward wholeness, and trust that this is the direction that their system will naturally seek. Rather than imposing their own agenda, the therapist works cooperatively with the client's system. (Source)
Finally, we know that simply talking can be helpful, and sometimes can be not enough. We can get into ruts that keep us doing the same old thing over and over. We don't want counseling to be the same. Our methods are experiential, body centered, and focused on helping you gain new knowledge about yourself, and learn how to integrate it to make changes in your life. In addition to in-office sessions, we offer outdoor sessions to get you out of your normal environment and harness the therapeutic powers of nature. You don't have to be an outdoorsy person. Outdoor sessions can range from sitting on a park bench or a rock, to walking on a paved surface, to hiking up a mountain.
Why "Inner Life Adventures" you may ask?
- First, integration is everywhere. Just like there is no separation in mind and body, there really is no separation in inner and outer life. Our "inner life" - thoughts, beliefs, and feelings we have about ourselves and the kind of world we live in, weather we are aware of them or not affect how we participate in our "outer life" - the world of relationships with friends, family, lovers, employment, and world. Have you ever made a Mobius strip? Take a rectangular piece of paper, give it a twist and tape the ends together. Now put your finger on one surface (not the edge - no paper cuts please) and trace the entire paper. You will see there is no front or back, no inner or outer. It's all the same. The same is true about our relationship with life. We choose to focus on "Inner Life" because it is much easier to watch and it is the only thing that we can control.
- Second - honestly, sometimes doing inner work can be tough. We don't want to look at those parts of ourselves that are hurt, scared, neglected, or tender. By taking the approach that it is all normal, every thought, feeling, and behavior is accepted as part of being human, being honest with ourselves and exploring all parts of us becomes an adventure, seeking out new information. It goes back to what was said above. There is no such thing as a problem, only information. We don't explore problems, we go on intrapersonal adventures which help us with interpersonal and "outer life" adventures. Further, we give you the option to take this exploration outside the traditional four-walled office into the outdoors, where you can explore without bounds.
If you are looking to grow as a person and expand your potential, want help getting unstuck, or are looking to refocus your career into something more fulfilling, come explore yourself and your relationship to the world. Every step of life is an adventure, when you are paying attention to what is going on inside.