Trauma and Stress Release
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An Integrative Approach to Counseling
Hello … my name is Todd Peyton [about]. I am a licensed professional counselor trained in Jungian dreamwork and psychotherapy. I also teach Vipassana meditation, Pranayama breathing, and TRE (Trauma Release). Each one of these is sufficient on their own, but taken together, provides a comprehensive approach to psychological healing.
If you are interested in Mindfulness and embodiment practices, we can work together to develop a program that meets your needs and comfort. I do not require that you meditate, but I do recommend these practices as they are effective in managing anxiety, releasing stress, and cultivating insight.
I work with dreams from a Jungian perspective. I do not consider myself, however, to be a Jungian. I believe dreams are expressions of an objective psyche; and like the vast majority of physiological systems within our bodies, are autonomous and endowed with deep intelligence and wisdom.
I consider dreams to have the critical function of processing and releasing emotional experiences, but they also project into the future by revealing and guiding psychological and spiritual stages of development. Dreams occupy the space between Mind and Body; Spirit and Matter.
Jung sees the psyche as working towards the goal of manifesting the Divine within human consciousness. This happens on both a collective and individual level. The process of attaining this goal is filled with periods of challenge and uncertainty, but this is the soil from which authentic awareness arises.
The direction of dreamwork is highly dependent on the individual. In general, there are three stages to the process. The first stage involves the telling of the dream. Giving voice and sharing the dream with an attentive listener automatically opens a space for the dream to live and breathe.
The second stage amplifies the various images of the dream through drawing upon personal, cultural, mythical, and religious associations. As each image is worked upon, this will influence the tone and meaning of the other images until a holistic picture begins to emerge.
The final stage is to distill the complexity of the dream into a simple and elegant meaning that can be applied to the issues in one’s ordinary, practical life. Future dreams will then respond, as if in a conversation, providing more context and direction to shape the process.
Somatic Experience Meditation and Breathwork
Vipassana Meditation, literally translated as ‘Insight-Wisdom’, is the main meditation style within Theravada Buddhism and is over 2,500 years old. Its longevity is testament to its effectiveness. Not only has it been used by spiritual aspirants seeking Enlightenment, it is also prescribed for ordinary people to cultivate inner peace and well being.
This meditation style focuses concentration upon the breath. The Mind follows the breath upwards and down, in and out, watching and feeling its pace and movement inside the body. The meditation then directs attention towards following a pattern of specific points along the body. It is well understood that the Mind will resist concentration in very predictable ways.
Yet the resistance is also the soil, the ground material, from which the flowering of higher consciousness will eventually emerge. Just as our eyes gradually adjust to a darkened room, by gently and compassionately guiding our minds away from distraction, we are able to see the habits and tendencies we have been habitually holding. Meditation teaches how to relax and let go consciously..
Pranayama Breathing is a component of Kundalini Yoga, a subset of Yoga derived from the Patanjali Sutras of Hindu Vedic philosophy. Prana is the name given to the vital, active energy within the universe animating and enlivening inert, physical material. Yama is the art of cultivating and moving Prana within the Body and Mind.
Pranayama consists of a repertoire of of breathing exercises coordinated with movement, mental focus, and sound. There are considered to be various energy centers within the body, or chakras, along the length of the spine which correspond with specific qualities of thoughts, perceptions, and emotions in which the breathing exercises unify.
Breathing also strengthens and energizes the diaphragmic core. It is in the diaphragm, or ‘gut’, where anxiety and tension are mainly held. Once the core is strengthened it creates a center of gravity within the body that can anchor and process greater degrees of energetic experiences. Pranayama Breathing is excellent for building emotional and spiritual resiliency.
Somatic Experience (TRE; Trauma Release)
Somatic Experience is simply having awareness of how emotions feel inside the body. This is very different from telling stories of where the emotions are coming from or what to do about them; but, rather, to treat them as physical sensations. As you practice observing how emotions feel, you create more space between yourself and the emotion.
You become more capable of seeing how and when certain emotions manifest within the body and how they recede. There are techniques and strategies that can be used to shape and regulate emotions so you can develop situationally appropriate responses to feelings instead of blind reactions. You can use emotions constructively to move life forwards.
TRE is a set of physical exercises that supports somatic awareness by stimulating the Vagus nerve system responsible for discharging anxiety and fear responses within the body. Clearing the excess energy of the nervous system, in conjunction with grounding techniques, will transform the relationship to your emotions to give you more connection and control.
Online International Therapy
Online therapy, according to studies, is as effective as in-person therapy. My own clients report meeting virtually to be as fulfilling, effective, and supportive as meeting face to face. Dual encrypted communication apps ensure confidentiality.
In some cases, people prefer Telehealth because of its convenience, heightened confidentiality (especially in small communities), and the physical distance can be felt as more ‘freeing’ to explore sensitive topics.
Because I have been living and working internationally since 2009, I am very familiar with the issues of this community. I am also comfortable and experienced counseling clients from different nationalities world wide.
Like many therapists, I began my journey into psychology from a personal crisis. I was a very intensive dreamer and dove headfirst into the world of Jungian psychology. I earned a MA from Pacifica Graduate Institute while undergoing analysis with the author / lecturer, Dr. Robert Johnson. I had subsequent analyses with others, most notably Father Greg Santos, Trappist monk and scholar in Aquinas theology, as well as supervision with the author Dr. Eduardo Duran.
As is typical in Jungian psychology, the path of future development lies in our greatest weakness. For me, this happened to be issues of ‘embodiment’. I was inexorably drawn towards Eastern philosophy, and transitioned to Thailand in 2009 where I formally began studying Vipassana. Grounded in Catholic theology, I then periodically ordained as a monk over seven years at Kyaitesaung monastery in Myanmar which initiated me into deeper levels of inner perception.
Simultaneously I began practicing Hatha Yoga and Kundalini Yoga as a physical way of grounding and integrating the lows and highs of emotional and energetic experiences. Professionally, I have worked in school settings, drug and alcohol recovery centers, employee assistance programs, front line crisis situations, US military bases overseas, and private practice. The teachings and methods for psychological healing are very much alive, it only requires participation and effort.