Namaste Consulting, LLC is dedicated to creating a safe, compassionate, and non-judgmental therapeutic experience. Founded by Candice Christiansen, M.Ed., CMHC, CSAT, whose dynamic, powerful, compassionate, and profound ability to hone in on clients’ underlying issues, Namaste Consulting is a place where people come to heal.
Essential elements are necessary for individuals to resolve their trauma, heal from the ravages of addiction, and cultivate lasting intimacy. Our therapeutic approach instills HOPE that recovery IS possible. Our cutting edge psychotherapy assists individuals, spouses, and couples in achieving lasting change.
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 Consulting seeking refuge from these destructive behaviors and realize that our approach is the perfect formula for long-term recovery.
We are specifically trained to provide evidenced-based treatment in a confidential and respectful atmosphere that ensures success. Our treatment model encompasses a Task-Based Model as well as Mindfulness-Cognitive Therapy, Experiential Therapy, EMDR Therapy, Intensive Trauma Workshops, and Integrative Therapies.
“Namaste” in Hindu means: “Honoring the divine in you”. At Namaste Consulting, LLC, our tools teach you how to honor yourself and your loved ones by empowering you to make healthier choices and life decisions. If you want to recover, then this is the place for you.
We specialize in the treating the following issues:
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; 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); the Money and Work Adaptive Scales Index (MAWASI) identifies financial and work disorders as well as issues related to deprivation. Each of these assessment tools are an essential part of the treatment planning process.
During the assessment phase of treatment, we educate our clients on the impact that trauma has had on their brain, including their decision making skills, choice of addiction(s), and the brain’s ability to heal itself; neuroplasticity.
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
We incorporate M-CBT into the treatment 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 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 training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.
We encourage clients to read books that explain complex trauma, addiction, and relationship issues. Candice also incorporates her workbook Mastering the Trauma Wound: A Mindful approach for Healing Trauma and Creating Healthier Relationships (2013) into the treatment of trauma, and at her Weekend Intensive Trauma Workshop.
Assigning weekly homework allows clients to expedite their growth process outside our weekly therapy sessions.
Phase I and Phase II Women’s Healthy Sexuality, Healthy Relationships Groups
These are on-going groups (12 week intervals);Each group is $40 per session. Phase I (for women new to recovery for sex/love addiction/aversions) is offered every Thursday from 6-8 p.m. Phase II (women who have 4 or more months in recovery) every Wed. from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. These groups are safe, supportive, and transformative for women healing from sex/love addictions (as well as other addictions and aversions). We use Dr. Patrick Carnes’ task-based model for healing as a guide, along with Kelly McDaniel’s book Ready to Heal, Facing Love Addiction by Pia Mellody, and other books as needed. We explore the impacts of women’s addictions on their relationships and sexuality. We also explore arousal patterns and origins of fantasy, family of origin issues, trauma’s role in addiction, addiction interaction and consequences, shame and guilt, healthy boundaries, and so much more. There is room in both groups so call today!
Phase I (New!) and Phase II: Men’s Healthy Sexuality, Healthy Relationship Group
These are an on-going groups (12-Week Intervals), $40 per session, Phase I starts Tuesday, October 8th and is from 6-8 p.m.; Phase II is Monday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. These groups offer healing and support for men struggling with sex addiction (and other co-occurring addictions). Phase I is geared towards those new to recovery; Phase II is for men who have some recovery time (minimum 4 months). We use supplemental workbooks including: Facing the Shadows and Recovery Zone by Patrick Carnes. This task based group explores the impact of men’s addiction(s) (i.e., sex, work, money, spending, commitment issues, food) on their relationships and with their sexuality. Men learn the origins of their addictions as well as useful techniques for improving their relationships and sexuality. These are powerfully transformative groups!There is still room so please call today!