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Developed by a doctor in psychology and a doctor of acupuncture in a drug rehabilitation clinic, this treatment that works through the mind and the body, helps uncover deep-seated emotional pain that is sometimes buried in the unconscious or under layers of "protection" contributing to depression and anxiety and/or PTSD.

The role of the body in mental health disorders is crucial, the body and the mind storage the information of the situations that led to our trauma, our sadness, of our deep seated anxiety.  Psychological acupuncture addresses the nexus of body (soma) and mind in a way that permits healing at the deepest levels.

All our experiences are embedded in our brain, and the stimulation of acupuncture points activate the same areas that are used to create and store memories, by stimulating this points some memories can be retrieved to help make peace with our past, unprocessed trauma, and pain. 

What to expect from a typical session?

A 60-minute session with both a trained psychotherapist and an acupuncturist in which there is a brief discussion of issues you're dealing with, followed by the insertion of 10 very thin (nearly painless) acupuncture needles, and a period in which you relax and a psychotherapy session is aimed at exploring your somatic, emotional responses to needle stimulation, where you freely talk about whatever emotionally charged memories, images and/or feelings come up, and the therapist will help you, guide you and enable to dig deeper into your experience.

Some patients report feeling different after a session, or more in touch with themselves.  For others, it is a type of journey inwards, leaving them feeling more grounded and confident. 

What are the best ways to utilize a session?

Sometimes one session--alone--can create the change a person is looking for.  Other times the products of the session are useful for that person's ongoing therapy or journaling activities, providing, in a sense, grist for the mill.  Still other times, a person will use psychological acupuncture as their stand-alone treatment modality, and will find 5-7 treatments helpful in clarifying issues and making needed change.  The results are very individualized.

Who can get benefits from this kind of treatment?​

  • People suffering from abuse (sexual, physical, emotional)

  • People with history of uterine problems (menstrual pain, miscarriages, etc)

  • People suffering from chronic anxiety, depression, irritability, emotional dysregulation, PTSD.

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