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 trauma, heal from the ravages of addiction, 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.
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 intimacy disorders and other co-occurring addictions (i.e. substances, food, financial, etc.), 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-Cognitive Therapy, Experiential Therapy, EMDR Therapy, Intensive Trauma Workshops, and Integrative Therapies.
We work with clients to both understand and practice the importance of incorporating the following Core Values into their healing process: 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).
“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)
- Support for Betrayed Partners and Spouses
- Couples Therapy for 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; 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.
Client Education/Trauma Model of Addiction
Throughout treatment, we educate our clients on the impact that various traumas have 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 as our foundation for understanding one’s addictions, as we understand that each person has a functional, adaptive self that is capable of helping them heal once they can identify when their addict is talking. Our prevention series incorporates education for our clients, schools, religious organizations, as well youth in hopes of protecting them from the dangers of porn abuse. Starting in September, 2014, we will offer a 12-week class for teens 13-18 on learning how to prevent porn abuse. Parents will be involved in this educational process. Email Candice at email@example.com if you would like more information.
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 training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.
We encourage clients to read books that explain trauma, intimacy disorders, various addictive/aversive patterns as well as healthy sexuality. 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 specifically at her Weekend Intensive Trauma Workshop, offered 3 times per year.
We assign clients weekly homework 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.