INVIGORATE

YOUR HEALING

Invigorate Your Healing: Intensive deep trauma work to become the whole person you already are

What is Invigorate Your Healing?

This program developed by Melanie Vinton uses an intensive therapeutic approach that is specifically designed to help established clients recover from trauma and find a new path toward healing, integration & wholeness. It was developed over the past two years in collaboration with clients receiving  EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and somatically informed practices with Melanie while continuing to work with their primary therapists. This approach of traditional therapy in conjunction with EMDR and somatically informed practices has been effective in allowing the brain to settle into its new neural pathways. Melanie has a deep passion for helping others heal from trauma and has designed this program specifically for these individuals.

How is the program structured?

Two separate cohorts of this program will be offered each year: September through December and February through May. It is a 16-week commitment consisting of two, 4-week rounds of EMDR/Somatically Informed Practice, a 2-week break/integration period following each round  and ending with a relational healing group for the final 4 weeks.

Each of the 2 rounds consists of 4 weeks (option of one or two times per week) of EMDR, somatically informed breathwork and yoga practices. The rounds are followed by a 2-week break to give clients the opportunity to integrate what they’ve learned into their daily lives. After the second round, the final four weeks consist of a relational healing group which is made up of 4-6 clients who have recently completed both rounds with Melanie. The group is designed to facilitate healing through collective relationship building so members can help each other build awareness and take control of their individual healing process.

Sample Program:

Weeks 1-4: 

EMDR/somatically informed practices (Round 1)

8 Sessions (1-2x/wk)

Throughout– Traditional Individual Therapy with Primary Therapist
Weeks 5-6:

Integration Break

(2 weeks)

Weeks 7-10:

EMDR/somatically informed practices (Round 2)

8 Sessions (1-2x/wk)

Weeks 11-12:

Integration Break

(2 weeks)

Weeks  13-16:

Relational Healing Group

(4 weeks)

 

Is this program traditional EMDR?

This program is actually a modified approach of EMDR and somatically informed practices that Melanie has found to be extremely effective. In her 10+ years of doing EMDR therapy, Melanie has found that intuitively integrating the body throughout the healing process has helped clients more effectively heal and recover from trauma. She utilizes practices from Dr. Arielle Schwartz, Janina Fisher, Ph.D., Laurel Parnell, Ph. D. and Laure Schwartz, MA LPC. which make body sensations the focal point of her sessions so Melanie can address what is showing up through a trauma lens. Melanie has found that letting go of language and noticing what’s happening in your body is key.

How do I know if I am a good fit for this program?

If you have unresolved trauma and are ready to commit to the hard work of healing it, this may be the program for you. It is a requirement that you are already working with an established therapist and have established the skills necessary to self-soothe when you are feeling triggered. In January and August of each year, Melanie will meet with potential participants on an individual basis to determine if they are a good fit for the program. She will assess using somatically informed practices and grounding practices. She will also collaborate with the primary therapist to ensure they are a good fit for the program before the first round occurs. Melanie believes a key component is trusting the process and letting your body lead the way.

Can I do this program virtually or do I have to come into the office?

Melanie has found that either virtually or in-person is effective. This will be determined before the first round starts to ensure you feel comfortable with how you wish to complete the program.

Will my insurance cover this program?

Yes! Each individual session with Melanie is billed as a typical therapy session and the relational healing group is billed as group therapy. If you choose to not utilize insurance, we offer a cash or sliding fee rate. Please inquire with Melanie about this option.

Additional Program Details

16 Week Commitment
Fall Cohort: September-December
Spring Cohort: February-May

Round 1: Before First Session 
  • Trauma therapist and client’s primary therapist collaborate to ensure the program is a good fit
  • Client and trauma therapist connect to determine their schedule (days/time/how many sessions per week)
  • Determine in-person or virtual 
First Session 
  • First session evaluation
    • Body awareness
    • Trauma triggers
    • Goals for healing trauma
  • Complete measurement tools for trauma assessment (create a body trauma form/sheet) 
  • Ability to self-soothe and calm the body by utilizing calm/neutral/safe place
  • Encourage journaling, using art, etc for daily processing in between sessions
  • Joining between client and therapist to ensure good fit 

 

2nd – 8th Session 
  • Evaluate body awareness
  • Organically set up reprocessing work dependent on how client shows up 
  • Utilize somatically informed practices throughout the session
  • Close each session with container and/or calming/safe/neutral place to calm the nervous system      
In Between Sessions 1-8
  • Just NOTICE and try not to figure anything out
  • Notice your body and any sensations you are feeling
  • Feel the feelings and listen to what your body wants to do
  • Practice going to your calm place and tapping to help calm your nervous system if activated
  • Journal, do art, movement, record any thoughts, feelings, memories that are coming up for you
  • Jot down any new memories to bring to next session
  • JUST NOTICE!  

Integration Period = 2 weeks

(After round of 8 sessions)

  • Take this time to let your brain settle
  • Journal and use the skills learned
  • You can heal yourself! 
Round 2  (Sessions 1-8)
  • Evaluate what the 2 week break has revealed
  • Repeat and build off of the above 

Integration Period = 2 weeks

(After round of 8 sessions)

  • Take this time to let your brain settle
  • Journal and use the skills learned
  • You can heal yourself! 

Relational Healing Group = 4 weeks

Group meets Tuesdays from 9:30-11am 

  • We heal relationally! 
  • Support and encouragement from other program participants in the group setting
Final Assessment

Therapist and client meet one-on-one to assess progress 

Determine if additional services are needed for continued healing

Melanie is accepting clients for the February 2022 cohort at this time.

Invigorate Your Healing: Intensive deep trauma work to become the whole person you already are

What is Invigorate Your Healing?

This program developed by Melanie Vinton uses an intensive therapeutic approach that is specifically designed to help established clients recover from trauma and find a new path toward healing, integration & wholeness. It was developed over the past two years in collaboration with clients receiving  EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and somatically informed practices with Melanie while continuing to work with their primary therapists. This approach of traditional therapy in conjunction with EMDR and somatically informed practices has been effective in allowing the brain to settle into its new neural pathways. Melanie has a deep passion for helping others heal from trauma and has designed this program specifically for these individuals.

How is the program structured?

Two separate cohorts of this program will be offered each year: September through December and February through May. It is a 16-week commitment consisting of two, 4-week rounds of EMDR/Somatically Informed Practice, a 2-week break/integration period following each round  and ending with a relational healing group for the final 4 weeks.

Each of the 2 rounds consists of 4 weeks (option of one or two times per week) of EMDR, somatically informed breathwork and yoga practices. The rounds are followed by a 2-week break to give clients the opportunity to integrate what they’ve learned into their daily lives. After the second round, the final four weeks consist of a relational healing group which is made up of 4-6 clients who have recently completed both rounds with Melanie. The group is designed to facilitate healing through collective relationship building so members can help each other build awareness and take control of their individual healing process.

Sample Program:

Weeks 1-4: 

EMDR/somatically informed practices (Round 1)

8 Sessions (1-2x/wk)

Throughout – Traditional Individual Therapy with Primary Therapist
Weeks 5-6:

Integration Break

(2 weeks)

Weeks 7-10:

EMDR/somatically informed practices (Round 2)

8 Sessions (1-2x/wk)

Weeks 11-12:

Integration Break

(2 weeks)

Weeks  13-16:

Relational Healing Group

(4 weeks)

 

Is this program traditional EMDR?

This program is actually a modified approach of EMDR and somatically informed practices that Melanie has found to be extremely effective. In her 10+ years of doing EMDR therapy, Melanie has found that intuitively integrating the body throughout the healing process has helped clients more effectively heal and recover from trauma. She utilizes practices from Dr. Arielle Schwartz, Janina Fisher, Ph.D., Laurel Parnell, Ph. D. and Laure Schwartz, MA LPC. which make body sensations the focal point of her sessions so Melanie can address what is showing up through a trauma lens. Melanie has found that letting go of language and noticing what’s happening in your body is key.

How do I know if I'm a good fit for this program?

If you have unresolved trauma and are ready to commit to the hard work of healing it, this may be the program for you. It is a requirement that you are already working with an established therapist and have established the skills necessary to self-soothe when you are feeling triggered. In January and August of each year, Melanie will meet with potential participants on an individual basis to determine if they are a good fit for the program. She will assess using somatically informed practices and grounding practices. She will also collaborate with the primary therapist to ensure they are a good fit for the program before the first round occurs. Melanie believes a key component is trusting the process and letting your body lead the way.

Can I do this program virtually or do I have to come into the office?

Melanie has found that either virtually or in-person is effective. This will be determined before the first round starts to ensure you feel comfortable with how you wish to complete the program.

Will my insurance cover this program?

Yes! Each individual session with Melanie is billed as a typical therapy session and the relational healing group is billed as group therapy. If you choose to not utilize insurance, we offer a cash or sliding fee rate. Please inquire with Melanie about this option.

Additional Program Details

16 Week Commitment
Fall Cohort: September-December
Spring Cohort: February-May

Round 1: Before First Session 
  • Trauma therapist and client’s primary therapist collaborate to ensure the program is a good fit
  • Client and trauma therapist connect to determine their schedule (days/time/how many sessions per week)
  • Determine in-person or virtual 
First Session 
  • First session evaluation
    • Body awareness
    • Trauma triggers
    • Goals for healing trauma
  • Complete measurement tools for trauma assessment (create a body trauma form/sheet) 
  • Ability to self-soothe and calm the body by utilizing calm/neutral/safe place
  • Encourage journaling, using art, etc for daily processing in between sessions
  • Joining between client and therapist to ensure good fit 

 

2nd – 8th Session 
  • Evaluate body awareness
  • Organically set up reprocessing work dependent on how client shows up 
  • Utilize somatically informed practices throughout the session
  • Close each session with container and/or calming/safe/neutral place to calm the nervous system      
In Between Sessions 1-8
  • Just NOTICE and try not to figure anything out
  • Notice your body and any sensations you are feeling
  • Feel the feelings and listen to what your body wants to do
  • Practice going to your calm place and tapping to help calm your nervous system if activated
  • Journal, do art, movement, record any thoughts, feelings, memories that are coming up for you
  • Jot down any new memories to bring to next session
  • JUST NOTICE!  

Integration Period = 2 weeks

(After round of 8 sessions)

  • Take this time to let your brain settle
  • Journal and use the skills learned
  • You can heal yourself! 
Round 2  (Sessions 1-8)
  • Evaluate what the 2 week break has revealed
  • Repeat and build off of the above 

Integration Period = 2 weeks

(After round of 8 sessions)

  • Take this time to let your brain settle
  • Journal and use the skills learned
  • You can heal yourself! 

Relational Healing Group = 4 weeks

Group meets Tuesdays from 9:30-11am 

  • We heal relationally! 
  • Support and encouragement from other program participants in the group setting
Final Assessment

Therapist and client meet one-on-one to assess progress 

Determine if additional services are needed for continued healing

Melanie is accepting clients for the February 2022 cohort at this time.

My goal is to help as many people as possible heal from their trauma– this program will enable me to do just that.” —Melanie Vinton

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