“Namasté” is a Hindu salutation that means: “I honor the divine in you.” At Namasté Center for Healing, we are passionate about teaching you how to honor your true self and your loved ones by empowering you to make safe and healthy choices in order to live a whole-hearted life.
Founded by Candice Christiansen, M.Ed., CMHC, CSAT-S, Namasté is a place where people come to heal.
Our program is dedicated to creating a secure, compassionate and non-judgmental therapeutic experience for individuals on the intimacy disorder spectrum including: Relational Conflict, Sexual Problems, Infidelity and Betrayal, Sexual Anorexia (sexual aversion), Sexual Addiction, and Sex Addict-Sex Offender Potential SASOP™ (individuals with deviant fantasies or thoughts that are not in the criminal justice system as well as those charged with a sex related crime that do not involve a hands-on victim and are not registered sex offenders).
Essential elements are necessary for individuals to resolve their 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, research-based psychotherapy assists individuals, spouses, and couples in achieving life-long change.
Believe it or not, issues with intimacy, including intimacy “disorders”, are NOT about sex. Many stem from both trauma and attachment failures, typically from early-late childhood. Unresolved trauma, mixed with addictive or aversive behavior, creates the perfect ingredients for failed relationships, chronic relapse, and sadly, in some instances, death. Individuals, spouses, and couples come to Namasté Center for Healing seeking recovery from trauma, failed attachments,and destructive behavior.
Our approach is the perfect formula for long-term recovery from trauma, all addictions, and the intimacy disorder spectrum.
Clients with the following issues and needs come to our program seeking refuge and recovery:
- The Intimacy Disorder Spectrum: Sexual Compulsivity (“Sexual Addiction”), Sexual Binge-Purge Behavior, Sexual Anorexia, Sex Addict-Sex Offender Potential, love addiction, love avoidance
- Trauma (Including Complex Trauma)
- Court Assessments for Problematic Sexual Behavior
- Recovery for Betrayed Partners and Spouses
- Couples Therapy for Healing from Infidelity/Relationship Issues
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Substance Abuse Issues
- Financial Disorders:Debting, Gambling, Hoarding, Compulsive spending
- Workaholism: Over-working as a form of deprivation in relationship attachment
- Other Deprivation Issues: Under Earning, Lacking Basic Self Care, Rest; Avoiding Medical Attention related to Depressive Symptoms that are typically the result of past or current trauma
- Coming Soon! Candice will offer the ABEL Assessment. For more information visit: http://abelscreening.com
The Change You Wish To See…
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.
The DTMA 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.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 dependency court assessments and recommendations for court-ordered individuals who do not have a hands-on victim related to a criminal sexual behavior. Most individuals that come for an assessment have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony charge. The goal of Candice’s assessments are to determine an accurate intervention for someone with problematic sexual behavior. This entails assessing whether 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.Coming soon: Candice will incorporate the use of the ABEL Assessment into her court assessments for individuals with non-contact offenses (lewdness, child-pornography). She will also provide the ABEL for individuals charged with sexual offenses in the legal system.