Namaste Center for Healing is dedicated to creating a safe, compassionate, and non-judgmental therapeutic experience. Founded by Candice Christiansen, M.Ed., CMHC, CSAT-S, this is a place where people come to heal.
Essential elements are necessary for individuals to resolve their complex trauma, heal from the ravages of sexual and other addictions/aversions, and cultivate lasting intimacy. Our team of seasoned clinicians instills HOPE in all our clients that recovery IS possible. Our cutting edge psychotherapy assists individuals, spouses, and couples in achieving life-long change.
Sex addiction is NOT about sex. It, along with other addictions, is caused by unresolved trauma. As a result, individuals with intimacy disorders often present as being on the dissociative disorder spectrum. However, addictive/aversive behavior mixed with unresolved trauma creates the perfect ingredients for failed relationships, chronic relapse, and in some instances, even death. Individuals, spouses, and couples come to Namaste Center for Healing seeking refuge from these destructive behaviors and realize that our approach is the perfect formula for long-term recovery.
With an expertise in the treatment of complex trauma, intimacy disorders and the other co-occurring addictions that folks typically have, i.e. substances, food, financial, work, our clinical team provides evidenced-based outpatient treatment in a confidential and respectful atmosphere that ensures success in your recovery. Our treatment model encompasses a Task-Based Model as well as Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, EMDR Therapy, Intensive Programming (A 10-Day Intensive), Intensive Trauma Workshops, and Integrative Therapies.
We work with clients to both understand and incorporate the following Core Values into their lives: Honesty (authenticity), Vulnerability (openness), Nurturing (being able to ask for what one needs), and Intimacy (both non-sexual and sexual connectivity). Our groups are designed for clients to practice these new set of Core Values since being honest with in a safe and comfortable setting creates a sense of healthy vulnerability, which allows for nurturing of self and others (getting one’s needs met in a pro-active way), thus creating a sense of intimacy (in the case of our groups, non-sexual intimacy).
We incorporate The Dissociative Trauma Model of Addiction (DTMA) into our program as it offers a clear guidepost for individuals to identify the various dysfunctional aspects of their addictive behavior. Our skilled approach teaches our clients how to respond from a healthy, functional place. In time and with consistent practice using this Model, individuals begin to respond from a grounded place in which they are capable of being functional, healthy adults who come to their own assistance in both recovery and in their lives.
“Namaste” is a Hindu salutation and means: “I honor the divine in you”. At Namaste Center for Healing, our research-based tools teach you how to honor your true self and your loved ones by empowering you to make healthier choices and life decisions.
If you want to recover, our program is the place for you.
We specialize in the treating the following issues:
- The Sexual Disorders Spectrum (including Sexual Compulsivity (often called “Sexual Addiction”), Sexual Binge-Purge Behavior, and Sexual Anorexia~a hatred of sex)
- Recovery for Betrayed Partners and Spouses
- Couples Therapy for Healing from Infidelity/Relationship Issues
- Court Assessments for Problematic Sexual Behavior
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Love Addiction, Love Avoidance
- Compulsive Over-Eating Disorders
- Substance Abuse Issues
- Financial Disorders (debting, gambling, hoarding,
- Workaholism (over-working as a form of deprivation)
- Other Deprivation Issues (I.e., Under Earning, Lacking Basic Self Care, Rest, & Medical Attention related to Depressive Symptoms that are typically the result of past or current trauma).
The Change You Wish To See…
- We utilize a diverse range of cutting edge modalities and research based treatment approaches, including:
Cutting Edge Assessments
The Sexual Dependency Inventory-4 (SDI-4) is a standardized assessment designed specifically to diagnose sexual addiction, relationship/love addiction, attachment issues, addiction interaction as well as provide an overall profile of client behavior including amenability to treatment, criminal thinking, offender potential, sociopathy/psychopathy, replication of trauma. It is like giving a client an X-Ray; we can see everything that is going on with the client and know how to treat them based on the results. The Post Traumatic Stress Inventory-Revised (PTSI-R) identifies complex trauma, traumatic bonding, and unhealthy coping patterns in relationships (we use the PTSI-R in conjunction with the SDI-4 to explore correlations between trauma and sexual, relational, and other acting out behaviors). This is an essential assessment that all our clients take as it gives our clients an understanding of how trauma has impacted their level of coping, and how they have coped in maladaptive ways. The Money and Work Adaptive Scales Index (MAWASI) identifies financial and work disorders as well as issues related to deprivation. We use this with clients with financial issues, including those who have sexual addiction in which they pay for sex, or spend large amounts of money to obtain sexual gratification. Each of these assessment tools are an essential part of our treatment planning process.
Client Education/Trauma Model of Addiction
Throughout treatment, we educate our clients on the impact that various trauma has had on their brain, including their decision making skills, choice of addiction(s), and the brain’s ability to heal itself; neuroplasticity. We use the Dissociative Trauma Model of Addiction (DTMA) as our foundation for understanding one’s addictions, with the awareness that all addictions are a result of trauma, and with sexual addiction, this and dissociation are common. Using handouts and exercises that explain the DTMA, clients learn that they have a functional, adaptive self that is capable of helping them heal once they can identify when their addict and vulnerable child is talking.
We also offer parent-education on an as needed, as requested basis to educate parents in the community on the impacts of porn abuse among children and teens and ways to keep their youth safe.
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
We incorporate M-CBT into our recovery process to assist in brain restructuring, and enhance positive thoughts, feelings, and behaviors while eliminating maladaptive ones. Research suggests that M-CBT, such as regular meditation actually increases gray matter in the brain, improves attention, lifts mood, decreases stress related cortisol, and helps reduce physical and psychological symptoms. We teach our clients guided imagery and meditation techniques to decrease trauma responses, anxiety, and depressive symptoms. (Hansen, R., Mendius R.Buddhas Brain. Oakland, New Harbinger Publications, 2009, p.85).
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a Trauma Psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can causes intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR Therapy sessions, our EMDR trained clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes, increase healthy coping skills, learn how to regulate emotions, reduce urges, triggers, and cravings, and recover from trauma longterm.
Our clients read books and work out of Task-Based Workbooks created by Dr. Patrick Carnes, Ph.D., who is the pioneer of sex addiction treatment. Our team has trained with Dr. Carnes and subscribe to his model of treating intimacy disorders as we have seen lasting results. We also encourage clients to read books on complex trauma, healing the brain, the intimacy disorder spectrum, healthy sexuality and healthy relationship dynamics. Candice also incorporates her workbook Mastering the Trauma Wound: A Mindful approach for Healing Trauma and Creating Healthier Relationships (©2014) into the treatment of complex trauma, and specifically at her Weekend Intensive Trauma Workshop, offered 2-3 times per year.
We assign clients weekly homework from Patrick Carnes’ Research-Driven Task-Based Model that allows clients to expedite their growth process outside their weekly individual therapy and group sessions. Change happens if you are willing to do the work!
Candice provides sexual dependence court assessments and recommendations for court-ordered individuals who have problematic sexual behavior. Most individuals that get an assessment have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony charge for sexual offending. The goal of Candice’s assessment is to determine if someone has trauma as well as sexual addiction that may be impacting their choices. Recommendations are based on the results of the individuals’ SDI-4 and PTSI-R assessment measures.