Julisa Adams, MA
Holistic, Transpersonal Psychotherapy
EMDR, Brainspotting and Hypnotherapy

Enjoy lasting freedom and happiness built from within!  Integrate your body, mind & spirit!

Methods

Hypnosis

Hypnosis is a method for accessing the unconscious, which is where old learning is held like programing on the hard drive of a computer. It is a gentle, enjoyable process of getting below surface thoughts and discovering deep seated beliefs, patterns and pictures about how life works. Once these images, memories, beliefs and feelings are brought into awareness, they can be updated and unlearned. The Transpersonal element refers to bringing the spritual resources into contact with these old patterns, which is naturally transformative. Hypnosis is gentle, relaxing and enjoyable. When clients feel safe and ready, it is quite easy to slip into a "trance," and then to learn to take yourself there on your own.

Hypnosis creates changes in the outer life which are organic and often effortless. Best of all, since we are working with "programing" on the deepest level, changes are usually permanent!

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing)

This is a very quick and effective treatment for trauma and negative beliefs associated with painful past expereinces. Frozen experiences from the past are brought to awareness in a fashion which allows the brain to digest and release negative patterns. It is similar to a natural type of healing which occurs durring sleep, with the addition of being able to target specific memories and associated beliefs. To date, EMDR has helped an estimated half a million people of all ages relieve many types of psychological distress. In a single session, a particular belief can be cleared and a painful memory will lose its emotional charge. The number of sessions required depends on the amount of trauma to be addressed. EMDR is also very successful in clearing the urges associated with addictions of all types.

Body-Centered Psychotherapy

We will work with present-centered awareness of the body to uncover the patterns of tension and numbing which are responsible for discomfort and feeling stuck. Breathwork is used to soften and release pain, unconscious holding patterns, and to connect more deeply with all the layers of the psyche.

Combining this with hypnosis is a wonderful and effective approach for healing physical symptoms as well as psychological issues. We can discover the roots of illness and bring transformation from a deep level. This allows both traditional and alternative types of healing work to become more effective. Additionally, working with the body in this fashion leads to a stronger sense of aliveness, more natural joy and expressiveness. Life becomes more full and sensual.

Presence oriented/mindfulness-based therapy

Presence oriented, or mindfulness-based therapy is based on the principles of meditation. This work is focused, deep, and very organic and effective. It involves accessing the relevant unconscious material and simply observing the thoughts, feelings, memories, and kinesthetic experience associated with the issue. Through the power of awareness, and non-interference (equanimity), inner transformation and freedom unfolds naturally, but much more quickly than through simple meditation. This very natural process utilizes the transformative power of awareness or consciousness with tools to bring presence to the heart of the issues, blocks, or wounds.

Brainspotting

Brainspotting is a new and powerful, exceptionally focused method of healing developed from EMDR. It works by identifying, processing and releasing deep neurophysiological sources of emotional/body pain, trauma, and a variety of other challenging symptoms. Eye focus is combined with bi-lateral sound, typically music (panning left to right), which creates a meditative and profound healing experience. It allows you to locate, process, and release experiences and symptoms that are typically out of reach of the conscious mind and may be non-verbal. It works with the deep brain and the body through its direct access to the autonomic and limbic systems within the body’s central nervous system. Brainspotting is accordingly a physiological tool, which has profound psychological, emotional, and physical consequences. It releases trauma, emotional and physical pain and unhealthy beliefs at the deepest level.

The maintenance of a specific eye position with the focus of attention on the felt sense of an issue or trauma stimulates a deep integrating and healing process within the brain. This processing, which appears to take place at a reflexive or cellular level within the nervous system, brings about a release of painful emotional and physiological patterns in a rapid and simple fashion. Brainspotting appears to stimulate, focus, and activate the body’s inherent capacity to heal itself from trauma.

There is growing recognition within the healing professions that experiences of physical and/or emotional injury, acute and chronic pain, physical illness, dealing with difficult medical interventions, as well as many other problematic life events, will contribute to the development of a substantial reservoir of life trauma. That trauma is held in the body. Any person can benefit from clearing any portion of their accumulated emotional or physical trauma.

Brainspotting can be an effective and efficient treatment tool for:

Physical and emotional trauma
Eating/weight issues
Stress and trauma-related medical illness
Performance issues, including sexual dysfunction
Fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions
Addictions (especially cravings)
ADD and ADHD
Phobias
Asthma
Preparation and recovery from surgery
Anger and rage problems
Anxiety and panic

Reiki

Reiki is a form of energy work which involves placing my hands near your body. It is a simple technique that allows energy to balance, ground and release. It is gentle and relaxing. I use this approach with people who are comfortable with it.

EFT

EFT stands for "Emotional Freedom Technique," which is also commonly called "tapping" or "Meridian Tapping." By tapping on some specific points on the face and upper body, one can let go of negative emotions and limiting beliefs, sometimes in minutes. EFT seems too good to be true, because such dramatic shifts can happen so quickly and often permanently while tapping and repeating simple phrases. Undoubtedly vaccines, antibiotics and cell phones and many other amazing innovations seemed too good to be true at first, as well as hard to explain.

Tapping the points on the body induces a mini-REM state in the brain. This reorganizes how we store and process information. It can be shown with an EEG machine that brainwave patterns absolutely respond to the tapping. While the rapid therapeutic shifts observed have led clinicians to ascribe its effects to shifts in “energy,” the following authors point out that there are biomedical and psychological processes that could explain the immediate relief of strong emotional memories.

Some authorities attribute its efficacy to the location of the tapping points, which are on the endpoints of the “energy meridians” identified in Traditional Chinese Medicine (Gallo, 1999). Other observations about EFT include:
Increased regulation of sympathetic-parasympathetic interaction, and of the HPA hypothalamus pituitary-adrenal axis(Lane, 2006).
Decreased hyperarousal of the limbic system and other brain structures involved in the fight or flight response generated by exposure to trauma (Feinstein, 2008a).
Changes in the amygdala and anterior cingulate areas of the brain (Felmingham, et. al. 2006).
Down-regulation and increased reuptake rates of cortisol and other stress hormones (Church, 2008d).

The basic premise of EFT is, ”the cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s energy system.” When we stimulate specific meridian points, while being focused on the problem we experience, we clear out the imbalance in the energy system. By doing so, the negative emotion disappears as well. Each of the body’s major energy pathways (meridians) is believed to be associated with specific emotions and themes. A stimulus that brings a meridian out of harmony or balance also activates the emotion associated with that meridian. The tapping treatment pairs the stimulus with an energy intervention that rebalances the meridian, bringing it back into coherence and harmony with the body’s overall energy system.

The way I use EFT in sessions is by combining it with all the other modalities I use into a unique and fluid process of engaging your whole system and releasing negative programming in your subconscious mind. I typically start with talking and integrate breathwork, hypnosis, and brainspotting. The EFT is used to release core blocks and outdated programming in your subconscious mind. This means that you are receiving the benefit of all of these types of therapy at once, integrated into a powerful, gentle, dynamic and transformative whole.

Candace Pert, PhD, Author of Molecules of Emotion: "EFT is at the forefront of the new healing movement."
Curtis Steele, MD, Canada: "EFT has been, for me, the single most effective technique I've used in my 45 years of practice as a psychiatrist. I've had success with panic, social anxiety and many other disorders.“
"EFT is a simple, powerful process that can profoundly influence gene activity, health and behavior." Bruce Lipton, PhD.
"Without a doubt, meridian tapping techniques are the single most consistent and effective intervention in improving one's health that I have ever encountered in over three decades of studying health." Dr. Joseph Mercola, founder of the most visited natural health site in the internet.

Functional Medicine

Functional medicine is a form of Western alternative medicine unrelated to the Western biomedical approaches, with a focus on identifying and addressing the root causes of disease, and which views the body/mind as one integrated system, not a collection of independent systems. Healing involves looking at diet, nutrition, and the effects of environmental toxins to predispose people to illness versus health. While I am not a medical doctor or a naturopath I do have a lot of knowledge about the connection between physical and mental health. This includes understanding digestive issues such as food sensitivities, intestinal permeability, candida and their connection to issues such as addiction, trauma, depression and anxiety. I help clients with alternatives to prescription medications such as amino acid therapy and nutritional supplements. My work is focused on getting to the root causes of issues rather than just treating symptoms. I help clients look in the right places to understand and resolve the physical underpinnings of psychological issues. I'm experienced with autoimmune disorders, adrenal fatigue, food issues, insomnia, ADD, fibromyalgia, thyroid imbalances, chronic fatigue and pain as well as other issues that involve the body and mind working together.

"One thing that distinguishes Julisa from so many other therapists is that she is constantly learning new theories and techniques and keeping up on current research. What inpresses me the most is how quickly and deeply she incorporates new ideas into her work, so that she is always growing as a therapist." Sally, Boulder

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Julisa Adams, M.A.    5985 Brandywine Ct, Boulder, CO 80301    (303) 818-6432