A core component of all the services I offer is an emphasis on facilitating the intrinsic relationship you have to the biological mechanisms that influence your emotions, thoughts and actions. This is different from traditional talk therapy which often takes months and sometimes years for an adaptation in these dimensions. And, often the adaptations are temporary because only the surface of the phenomena has been uncovered, leaving the root to continue to affect your emotions, thoughts and actions in new- novel ways.
Together we will explore the underlying mechanisms that are impacting your overall health and well-being. From this place of secure appreciation of the self, down to the cellular level, you will become more adept in your relationships with others, the health choices you make, and experience a deep connection to the undeniable significance of who you are.
Holistic Couples Counseling is different than individual psychotherapy in that during our time together we will explore the rich histories of both individuals and the combined history of the partnership. Couples are often unaware how much of their past is replayed in the present relationship based on neural pathways that were developed by passive observations from our early relationships and repeatedly rehearsed, constructing our present day expectations for communication and worthiness of love and intimacy.
At Holistic Psychotherapy of Marin we will address the whole human being both individually and as a system. The couple becomes a living organism unto itself and when a component or many parts of the system are in imbalance the entire system overcompensates. This can quickly spiral out of control and leave the whole system fatigued and reliant on external, unsustainable remedies that further derail opportunities for connection. This can lead to mistrust, resentment, blaming, shaming and an overall sense of being unsafe.
It is our goal to restore the vitality and emotional resonance of the partnership. We will work together to deepen the emotional connection, restore intimacy and learn to value each other’s unique experience.
Common Relationship Struggles Include:
I am the Clinical Research Director for the Method and offer both individual coaching and groups through the emotional brain training website ( ebtconnect.net ). I also teach several courses in the Professional Certification Program designed for professionals who are ready for a paradigm shift in their practice.
"In the EBT paradigm, joy is not happiness, but the state of the brain in which we have neural integration; that is, brain fitness, where stress is low, and we feel a slight surge of pleasure in our bodies. That is the optimal state for health, and the passion and desire to live an exceptional life. You learn about how your brain works, so you know what the tools are doing and can picture them operating in your brain to stop the cascade of stress hormones and to activate surges of feel-good neurochemicals. You learn how to become comfortable processing your emotions and training your brain to become hooked on natural pleasures and joy.
Before we understood more about the nature of the emotional brain, most people thought that stress was bad, and wanted to avoid it at all costs. Now we know differently. In EBT, you will learn how to move through stress back to joy, but also, to use stressful moments as “moments of opportunity” to change your brain. When we are stressed, we shut down feelings or ramp up (hostility, depression, panic, anxiety, shame). In those moments, if we use the EBT tools, we can quickly move to joy, and at the same time rewire the circuit that caused that stress." ~Laurel Mellin -Founder of EBT
If you are interested in this intensive approach to developing the tools for self-regulation and rewiring your brain to a set point in joy then please visit Dr.ArinnTestaEBTProvider. The stepwise EBT practice includes weekly professional facilitation, workbooks, videos, audios and membership to the EBT mobile applications.
Workshops & Presentations
Please take a look at the News and Events tab to see a snapshot of workshops and presentations. Some of the topics covered are Sensory Pleasures, The Biology of Stress & Health, Eudonic Yoga, Working Memory & Stress, Psychopharmacology & Your Health, The Biology of the Stress Response System, Anger & the Promotion of Spiritual Aliveness, EBT & Attunement, Resilience & Action in a Crisis, and many more.
I'm available for consultation on many different topics significant to neuropsychology, health psychology, forensic psychology, psychopharmacology, addiction, research, parenting and childbirth. Please click here to contact me for more information.
-Jungian Analytical Psychology
-Gottman Couples Therapy
-Movement & Dance