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Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse and Help-Seeking

Background: At least 1 in 6 men in the United States experience sexual abuse prior to the age of 18, and the painful impact of that abuse can be devastating and long-lasting. Yet many men remain silent for decades before talking about the abuse, and even fewer seek professional help. This research project will help us understand why male survivors tend to stay away from therapy and counseling, and will help the psychology community design more appropriate and effective ways to reach out and help.

Who: Seeking men between the ages of 25-75 , who experienced sexual abuse in childhood, who feel that the abuse has had some negative impact on their lives, and who have never sought therapy or counseling specifically focusing on the abuse, to take part in interviews about the experience of seeking help. You will not be asked to talk about the details of the abuse and your identity will be held in the strictest confidence.

Contact: If you are interested, please contact Chris Tickner at 818-568-6982 or cticksoma@gmail.com to set up an initial 20 minute screening phone call, or click here for more information. Also please feel free to share this link with friends and family, on Facebook, etc.

Resources: If you are looking for resources and referrals, particularly in the Los Angeles area, please go here.

Pasadena Holistic and Alternative Healing

Sample Alternative Healing Methods Available in Pasadena

 
go to Tree of Life Healing’s website for more info
 

When: Sunday, November 10, 2013, 9am- 3pm. Registration starts at 9:00. Fee is $25.00. Fifteen-minute healing sessions start at 9:30.

  • Where: Tree of Life Healing, 427 S. Marengo Ave. Bungalow #5, Pasadena CA 91101. Visit our contact page for a map. Street parking available. Small lot behind bungalow.

What: Five local practitioners will offer a sampling of their work in private 15-minute mini-sessions for all ages! Sample just one, or try all five! Come for the registration/orientation at 9am and plan your day. You can schedule all your sessions back to back, or with time in-between for relaxing, journaling, enjoying the featured local art, or grabbing a bite to eat across the street at Whole Foods. (9am registration is not mandatory, just know that sessions are offered on a first come first serve basis).

How to Attend: Register at 9am and plan your customized day of healing (no pre-registration required) or drop in by 2pm (sessions end at 3pm). $25 at the door entitles you to up to five mini-sessions.

Tree of Life Healing

Pasadena Psychotherapist

“Isn’t it just a chemical imbalance, shouldn’t I take medication to fix it?”  Constantly hearing the thousands of commercials selling drugs for all kinds of problems, you can fully understand where we get this notion! Better living through chemistry, right?  You feel down, take a pill. You have a headache, take a pill. Your child is annoying, give em’ a pill. And in many cases, drugs have made our lives easier and have eased the suffering of millions. But are mental health issues really just a result of a brain chemistry?

What is the cause of mental illness? Is it a chemical imbalance? Perhaps a genetic predisposition, or maybe the result of life experience? While we need more research, a picture is beginning to emerge that the answer is Yes! All three! In order to develop a mental illness you probably will have some sort of genetic predisposition, have had a negative life experience (i.e. trauma, difficult childhood) that turned on those genes, and then a resulting chemical imbalance in the brain that we can actually measure. But is it in fact the chemical imbalance that is the problem and the best target for intervention?

Lets look to mother nature for some clarity here. Take any plant. If the leaves are turning brown and falling off, we know the plant is sick. We can see it, measure it (just like a lack of serotonin in the brain). Is then the best course of action to stick on some new leaves, or to inject some chlorophyll into the stem? That might work for a bit. The leaves might look healthier, and as long as we keep injecting chlorophyll, all will be well. But what is at the “root” (pardon the pun) of the problem. A lack of chlorophyll? Or is it perhaps something to do with this particular plant being planted in the wrong place? Perhaps a lack of nutrients in the soil, not enough water or sunlight! Holistic Psychotherapy

Depression and its accompanying shift in neurochemistry is a result of a lack of nutrients in our lives. Something is wrong, and our body tells us this via depression. We can take a med and feel better, but the nutrient is still missing. We will still feel depressed if we stop taking it. Depression, anxiety, addictions, phobias, and obsessions are our body/mind/spirit’s way of getting our attention that something needs to change. We need to be fed!

By just treating the symptoms, we miss the real origin of the problem. At Tree of Life Healing, we treat the whole person, body, mind and spirit. While relieving symptoms is paramount, we also work to heal the real cause of your problem. Drop by on November 10 for our Healing Arts Salon and sample up to five 15-minute healing sessions with some of Pasadena’s most talented healing practitioners including Somatic Psychology, Reiki, Massage, EFT, and Sound Healing.

Pasadena PsychotherapistChris Tickner, MFT (at Tree of Life Healing) is a Pasadena psychotherapistchild therapist, and clinical supervisor practicing holistic psychotherapy, combining mindfulness psychotherapy, somatic psychotherapyneuroscience, and good old fashion humor and compassion to form a powerful treatment that is transformative and holistic. At Tree of Life Healing, Pasadena’s Holistic and Alternative Healing Resource, we provide an array of treatment approaches including Somatic Psychology, Jungian Psychotherapy, group therapy, Hakomi Psychotherapy, Reiki Energy Therapy, Shamanic Healing, Intuitive Counseling, and more.

 

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