Through the integration of traditional methods with the healing arts, Dr. Siegel creates a truly holistic and transpersonal approach to address the deeper psychological and spiritual issues and belief systems that contribute to our emotional distress. Issues of depression, anxiety, poor self-esteem, trauma, abuse, life changes, relationship, and health problems all create stress that can be alleviated, through the heart to heart and soul to soul connection of therapist and client.
A transpersonal psychotherapeutic approach is used to understand the relationship between the personality issues, our spiritual essence, and our soul's journey. The work goes beyond symptom relief, to a reconnection to our spiritual core. It is there that true healing occurs as we reawaken our passion and purpose for life.
Dr. Siegel works with all ages of clients from teens through adults, in individual or couple counseling. She integrates the use of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), guided imagery, energy balancing, and spiritual awareness into the healing process. Her original exploratory research has identified the role of spiritual resonance as a transformational tool within the therapeutic process. Call for an initial consultation for this integrative approach to healing. Click here for contact page.
What is Transpersonal Psychology?
"The field of Transpersonal Psychology is concerned with expanding the frontiers of psychology and spirituality for the betterment of humanity and the sustainability of the planet.
Traditional psychology is interested in a continuum of human experience and behavior ranging from severe dysfunction, mental and emotional illness at one end, to what is generally considered "normal," healthy behavior at the other end and various degrees of normal and maladjustment in between. While an exact definition of Transpersonal Psychology is the subject of debate, Transpersonal Psychology is a full spectrum psychology that encompasses all of this and then goes beyond it by adding a serious scholarly interest in the immanent and transcendent dimensions of human experience: exceptional human functioning, experiences, performances and achievements, true genius, the nature and meaning of deep religious and mystical experiences, non-ordinary states of consciousness, and how we might foster the fulfillment of our highest potentials as human beings.
Transpersonal psychologists work across disciplines and draw on insights from not only the various areas of psychology, but also the sciences of cognition, consciousness, and the paranormal; philosophy; social and cultural theory; integral health theories and practices; poetry, literature, and the arts; and, the world's spiritual and wisdom traditions." Institute of Transpersonal Psychology.
What is EMDR?
EMDR is a proven technique developed in the mid 1980s. It was originally used for treating people who have been traumatized by either life threatening events or an upsetting experience. As the therapist facilitates a process that creates a bilateral stimulation of the brain, triggering a rapid eye movement, a natural adaptive process is activated in the mind and the body. The belief is that when a trauma occurs, the flood of adrenaline into the body and the brain inhibits normal adaptive processing. The trauma is then stored deep within the brain in an area that is inaccessible for normal processing, and a heightened emotional response occurs as stimulus in the environment triggers the body memory. EMDR accesses the original trauma and takes it to the highest point of adaptation, leading to a rapid resolution. This technique was originally used for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), such as with Vietnam vets or sexual abuse survivors. Therapists are now using it successfully for a wide range of disorders, reporting that it reprocesses deep core issues quickly, and significantly reduces the length of treatment.
The integration of psychotherapy into the healing process of any disorder, pain, or crisis that brings a person into our Center opens the door to access the core beliefs that are at the root of the problem and leads the individual on a journey of self discovery. As we access the core emotional issues, and release the emotional charge and attachment to the past, we can more fully live our lives in the present.
As a result of Dr. Siegel's exploratory research study entitled: Exploring the Therapist as a Container for Spiritual Resonance and the Observed Impact on Client Transformation: A Heuristic Study, the following definition evolved among participants.
Spiritual resonance is a vibrational pattern of greater cosmic wholeness, which is experienced as being accessed by soul awareness. Spiritual resonance is a central core of life, and not just healing. This type of resonance is the vibrational fabric from which healing and life emerge, and is not component based. Spiritual resonance is inclusive of all other forms of resonance. Spiritual resonance is perceived as a gift to the receiver who is consciously aware of the experience, but the potential for realization is present in all of us. Spiritual resonance is realized through an experience of expanded awareness, usually brought about through spiritual practice, and is nonlinear in nature transcending time and space. In the experience of spiritual resonance, the therapist and client may become transmitters of this range of energy within the therapy session, and contribute to the mutually created and shared energy field. Within the vibrational range of spiritual resonance, the client has the choice to resonate with that range of frequency, dis-identifying with ego, changing perception, and transforming within the unified experience of cosmic wholeness. Ultimately, the transmission of spiritual resonance is multi-directional between therapist, client, a Divine cosmic source, and Earth.