Our Path To Well Being


There Is a Way Out!



Our path to recovery offers an ongoing, multi-dimensional process. My journey of recovery and my participation in the recovery of others, have taught me that there is way out for each of us. Freedom from the shackles of this prison is indeed within every addict’s reach. But the way out demands our deep faith that it is possible and our unyeilding commitment to ourselves. Addictions don't develop in a day and are not resolved overnight. Thus great patience and perseverance are required.

The integration of different modalities



Recovery requires an integrative approach which includes, but goes beyond, traditional psychotherapy. Cognitive understanding is not enough to liberate ourselves from our addictive behaviors and to create well being. A variety of modalities offer effective tools to address the challenges of daily living. Learning to use these tools on a daily basis is an integral if not most important part of the process of recovery.

The list of techniques below offers a comprehensive description of our therapeutic approach. It is one which reinforces the learning of new behaviors and rewards change. It offers the opportunity to renew a relationship with ourselves.  We learn that a life of recovery involves making countless big and small daily choices about how we want to live. Making choices that reflect who we are and what is right for each of us diminishes the need for additive habits. We learn to live in synch with ourselves. In this way, we mindfully create a life time of recovery.

Traditional Psychotherapy
Guided Imagery
Behavior Modification
Meditative Music  
Journal Writing
Teachings of Judaism and Eastern Philosophies
12 Step Program of Recovery

Rationale



Individual, group and/or workshop sessions allow us to explore and acknowledge our inner pain. We come to understand that our addictive behaviors emerged in response to a reality that was unmanageable for us. We learn to make peace with these behaviors. Our day to day sense of well being, however, depends on our developing new coping mechanisms. These tools enable us to protect our souls and quiet the hungers which are the true source of our unhappiness.

Individual Sessions



The first step in recovery from addiction is to break down the denial that so characterizes addictive behavior.
We must first say "hello" before we can say "good bye" to the habits that have taken over our lives. With compassionate understanding, we learn to view our dysfunctional behavior as a response to reality over which we had no control. The intimate setting of client with therapist is most effective for this special kind of self exploration.

The role that our addictive behavior has played in each of our lives is as different as we are.  Emerging as a response to a particular pain that each of us experienced our use of food, other substances or behaviors have had a very specific function in our lives. Our dysfunctional habits often saved us from a far greater pain and/ or emotional imbalance. On a basic level, they allowed us to survive.  
In order to let go of the behavior that is so wreaking havoc in our lives, we need first to appreciate this dual sidedness. Our inner work challenges us to learn gentleness and compassion for ourselves.  We need to treat both the process and ourselves with ‘chesed’, loving kindness. We must truly appreciate the difficulties that we have had to face in the course of our journey.

Life Dance Workshops


Life Dance workshops offer a rich variety of therapeutic modalities.
Music sets the background for Life Dance workshops. Various kinds of movement are used to help identify feelings and promote self expression. Guided imagery and drawing are integrated as well. Between the various activities, participants have quiet time in which to share their experiences with others and/ or chart them in their personal journals.  

A unique dimension of Life Dance workshops is that, although they take place in a group setting, each participant is actually working by him/herself in a private way. Opportunities to share with other participants are only invitations to do so. One can elect to stay quiet and alone, expressing him/herself in writing or drawing.

The Life Dance workshops which are focused on disordered eating include an experience with food. These sessions help redefine and recreate our relationship to food.  In a very quiet atmosphere, structured exercises allow participants to listen and distinguish between different hungers. Choices about food are then made accordingly. Eating in a safe and protected environment fosters greater confidence in being able to make good choices. In addition, eating in a group setting breaks the isolation that so characterizes disordered eating. Finally, these mindful encounters with food and with ourselves offer the opportunity to befriend our bodies, our natural appetites and our relationship to FOOD.

Support Groups



Ever since 1935, when Bill B. and Bill W. began the 12 Step Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous, the usefulness of group support has been appreciated in facilitating recovery from addiction. In the spirit of the 12 Step Program, we can’t do it alone. Group encouragement, acceptance and affection are invaluable.  

Ongoing open support groups offer the opportunity to "check in" when the need for enrichment and encouragement arises. With no obligation to commit to more than a single session, individuals are invited to satisfy their hunger for the support offered by a group experience. Life Dance Support Groups offer a unique kind of encouragement and hope. The group leader guides the discussion to reflect the spirit and philosophy of the Life Dance method.