Heart & Mind is a group mental health therapy practice in Richmond, VA, founded to bring true long-lasting healing to the core foundational needs of children, adults, parents and families impacted by adoption, early trauma, neglect and attachment challenges. Heart & Mind empowers connections through mental health counseling, brain training, neuro-informed services and education. Our staff has extensive training and experience in adoption counseling, developmental trauma, play therapy, and EMDR.
Refreshments will be available for purchase.
Come hear about the journey to find our adopted daughter’s birth family in the mountains of Nicaragua. The emotions and struggles we all experienced – and why it was such an important trip – for her – for us – and for my career as a therapist (which started during the adoption!)
The goals will be to provide scholarships for services helpful to healing the foundation.
We have fire drills to prepare for fires, we have active shooter drills, we attend sports practices and music lessons. If we understand that a skill takes time and practice, or that to respond well in an emergency we need to practice for it – why don’t we do the same for handling big feelings?
Help us name our new foundation.
Heart and Mind Therapy Services is looking to start a non-profit arm of our group – to provide services to those that can’t afford it or don’t have insurance coverage – or need services that aren’t covered by insurance – provide training to therapists in modalities that work best for developmental trauma/adoption/neurodevelopmental issues.
I hope you saw Oprah’s 60 minutes report with Dr Bruce Perry – We need more awareness by government, social services, schools and insurance companies. Parents need to know – especially foster and adoptive parents raising children with developmental trauma.
“Indeed, if the Decade of the Brain redefined mental disorders as brain disorders, recent research suggests that mental disorders are really developmental brain disorders, caused by disruptions in the circuitry map of the developing brain.” Dr. Tom Insel, MD
Looking for more peaceful days and nights?
Amy Reamer, LMFT, RPT of Heart and Mind Therapy Services will be presenting a Peaceful Parenting Workshop on Saturday, February 24, 2018, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM at Tame Your Tiger Brain Training.
It’s a vicious cycle. Something triggers a big emotion – we say or do something we regret – we feel bad about what we said or did and ALSO now feel ashamed we lost control of our emotions. This makes us want to avoid big feelings so we don’t get to that point again. We try to hold the lid on the pot but it just boils over again – we say we are sorry and then kick ourselves again. It’s a vicious cycle. Dr. Brené Brown, shame researcher says “Shame is such a powerful emotion that it can literally overcome us.”
Mind Body Art Group for Teens will start again in January – dates and times TBD soon.
Emotional awareness & exploration is not always easy but through the power of art and mind-body practices participants will better understand, release, and regulate anxieties, fears, sadness, as well as joys & successes. Art therapy, yoga and other sensory experiences will be used to develop healthy coping skills, release anxiety, heal from past and present traumas, and connect with others in a meaningful and healthy way. Teens ages 13-18 are welcome to join.