Mind-Body Health Program
A structured, 7-week group program that teaches stress reduction and self-care mind-body skills.
Clients seeking training in mind techniques to manage brain/body stress reactions for disease prevention and health maintenance.
Clients with stress from or stress-influenced physical conditions
Clients in ongoing insight-oriented therapy with other mental health professionals who would benefit from
learning behavioral skills that enhance non-judgmental self-observation, de-centering, and grounding in the present.
Clients with chronic pain who would benefit from learning techniques to facilitate turning down central pain generators that perpetuate chronic pain conditions.
Clients with addictive disorders who would benefit from learning mind techniques to regulate brain/body pulls toward compulsive substance use.
Clients with other conditions such as anxiety and depression (especially with negative ruminative thinking) who would benefit from learning mind techniques designed to help them manage these automatic brain/body thoughts, feelings and physical/somatic sensations.
All sessions are 1.5 hours long and consist of 45 minutes of lecture information and discussion and 45 minutes of skills practice
Session I: Overview of the brain/body stress reaction and information on how life’s experiences can shape the developing brain’s reactions to stress. Skill – Introduction to breath-work.
Session II: Overview of Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) and information about how muscle tension increases the body’s stress response. Skill – Guided experience in PMR.
Session III: Relaxation response and information about the benefits of modulating the adrenaline charged stress system with the capacity to induce a parasympathetic system relaxation response by a concentrative meditation practice. Skill – Guided experience with the Relaxation Response.
Session IV: Overview of self-observation. Introduces the importance of self observation as a means of regulating automatic brain stress reactions. Describes self-observation as a core goal of all psychotherapies, which has been called different names according to the type of therapy. In traditional psychoanalysis, this is called the development of an “Observing Ego”; in mentalization-psychodynamic therapy, it’s been called “Reflecting Capacity,” and in Mindfulness Meditation it has been described as “De-centering and Non-judgmental Observation.” Skills – Introduction to body scan as a means of enhancing mindfulness of the body in the here and now.
Session V: Overview of Mindfulness Meditation. Further work on the capacity for de-centering and non-judgmental observation of thoughts, feelings and body sensations as well as the capacity for shifting attention with purpose toward here and now activities. Skills – the mountain meditation.
Session VI: Food as Medicine. Danielle Paciera, a licensed Nutritionist, teaches the principles of selecting foods to enhance stress modulation and mind-body balance. Skills – raison exercise and mindfulness eating.
Session VII: Review of overall program and encouragement of ongoing individual practice and work with an individual Mind-Body Skills Trainer. Skill – Guided experience in meditation – open selection
The Mind-Body Health Program meets Sunday mornings from 10am – 11:30am, enrolls 6-8 clients and repeats every 7 weeks. Please call 504-355-0509 for appointment.
Group 7-SessionProgram is $525
Mind-Body Skills Individual Program
A 16-20 week program with a licensed counselor reviewing and practicing Mind-Body Skills introduced in the Mind-Body Health Group Program above but done individually with greater depth and attunement to the individual’s life context. Each session lasts 45-50 minutes. Counselors are skilled at focusing on the implementation of Mind-Body Skills within the context of interpersonal counseling sessions that focus on stress and emotional self-regulation, mood disorders, mind-body ailments, addiction, pain disorders and relationship difficulties.
Nutritional Evaluation and Treatment
The NOCMBH nutritionist will perform a evaluation and make recommendations as to how a client’s diet and eating habits influence the stress processing system and mind body health. Evaluation and follow up sessions usually average 10-15 sessions.
NOCMBH highly recommends regular massage as a means of inducing the relaxation response, detoxifying myofascial trigger and tender points and sustaining optimal mind-body health. NOCMBH has partnered with Kinetix Spa/Salon (504-522-3318) located in the same building. A 50 minute massage for NOCMBH clients is $50 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings. When you call please let the Kinetix front desk know that you are a NOCMBH client.