Portland OR &Vancouver WA
Integrating psychotherapy, medication management, body work & mindfulness for an encompassing and empowering approach to healing.
Why Body Work & Therapy?
ITTC offers adjunctive therapies for an integrative approach to mental health concerns, acknowledging the mind body connection.
Ideally, Massage, Reiki or Acupuncture would occur prior to or following a counseling session, although this isn’t a requirement. All services are offered a la carte as well as in adjunct, however body work treatments received in conjunction with therapy or medication management will be discounted by 20%.
All providers are safe & encouraged to tailor goals to the individual. Goals for treatment are established through communication between you, your mental health provider and body worker. All services are available both to ITTC clientele and community members!
Therapeutic Yoga sessions are offered in weekly workshop series. Each workshop has a theme that is addressed and processed through body movement. For more information on the upcoming yoga series please visit our Groups and News page or call our office.
Here are some ways in which body work can be used in adjunct with psychotherapy or medication management:
Therapy + Acupuncture:
- A powerful combination for depression & anxiety
- Assists with opening up prior to counseling; helps calm the nervous system following a difficult session.
- Treatment of pain related to trauma
- Research is increasingly supportive of utilizing acupuncture for PTSD and other mental health conditions.
Therapy + Massage:
- Calming the nervous system (this is important for trauma survivors!).
- A safe opportunity to redefine one’s relationship to touch as a therapeutic goal
- Implementation of self-care goals with a safe practitioner.
- Elevates mood for those struggling with depression.
- Opportunity to work with a massage therapist who specializes in mental health & trauma.
Therapy + Reiki:
- A gentle approach to exposure to touch for those with negative associations with physical contact.
- Supporting the therapeutic goal of regulating and balancing emotion.
Therapy + Yoga:
- Yoga encourages one to relax, slow the breath and focus on the present, shifting the balance from the flight-or-fight response to the relaxation response.
- Consistent yoga practice improves depression and can lead to significant increases in serotonin levels.
- Helps to cultivate a nonjudgmental relationship with yourself, building self-trust
- Practicing yoga can increase a sense of awareness, safety and mastery over one's body while building skills to effectively interpret and tolerate physiological and affective states.