You are

not a drop

in the ocean.

You are

the entire ocean, in a drop.

Rumi

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Clients

I work with clients to help them overcome the obstacles in their lives.  Sometimes it doesn't take much, and sometimes, it takes a bit of time to unlock what is stuck, keeping them from processing as well as they might otherwise, and from feeling as full of life as they have a right to. 

When people get head injured

they often don't remember,

or think it doesn't matter.

Our brain's attempt to protect themselves from further damage by cordoning off parts of itself.  When the whole brain isn't accessible to make all its connections, how we feel and what we used to be able to do, become compromised.  When that happens,

  • we don't think as clearly;

  • we don't remember as well;

  • we don't have the energy or organization we used to have and so desperately want;

  • we become fearful, or anxious, or depressed (or perhaps all of those);

  • and worst of all, we don't feel safe or good about ourselves.​

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and life feels like an endless stream of challenges... 

Given each person's uniqueness, it would follow that each of our obstacles are also unique. Even when people are given the same diagnosis, it doesn't mean the characteristics that cause the symptoms manifest in the same way, or even that the same area(s) in the brain (or otherwise physiologically) need to be woken or healed.

All too often we think of our challenges as representative of who we are.  But nothing could be further from the truth.  We are not our challenges.  We're not even our thoughts.  We each have an essence that has nothing to do with the outside world or how we do things. 

 

Life is stressful for everyone.   Some people flow with their stresses. Some bury them.  Some dismiss them.  Some are constantly overwhelmed by them, and everything that's out of step with their desires or focus feels like a crisis. 

 

Traumas can get stuck in our physiology and drive our abilities, our thoughts, our decisions, our responses, our health, our interests and lack of them.  In essence, our very lives.   When our functioning is compromised and our ability to bounce back is missing, it's hard to think straight and know how to get help.

Unlike other biofeedback systems, Chrysalis is a passive process. The feedback is so subtle, that a lot of people don't realize anything has occurred.  Often people experience a sense of relief.  Some of the providers refer to it as the "Relaxation Response".  Those who're already self aware, may find  "things" feel easier afterwards in the hours and days that follow.  

    

Those who are not yet self aware, tend to develop it.  In the meantime, others in their lives may notice shifts in them first.  Perhaps their spirit is lighter.  Perhaps they're more patient and gentler and easier to get along with.  Perhaps more helpful. Perhaps they feel better physically or more energetic.. Teachers may find these students more attentive and productive. 

The gift of my Chrysalis system is helping people experience inner quieter.   Inner quiet helps us to see more, think more clearly, hear what our inner voice wants to tell us.  We become more productive and joyful simply because we're alive.  The stresses of our lives no longer grip us.  And others find us  easier to get along with.

Internally we feel more connected to our essence, and free to live our life authentically.   

While that's a pretty wonderful place to be, it's important to recognize that change can be stressful.  Even the changes we wish for.  It can take time to integrate new ways of being, of feeling, of experiencing life - it's important to be self-supportive.  

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A few years ago I had the privilege of working side-by-side with Dr. Ochs.  I watched how he met his patients where they are, listened to what their needs were, and tuning the feedback  at the pacing level of his clients choosing.  Change is a funny thing.  Some people hold tightly to what's  not working for them, even though they're unhappy about those things. 

People go farthest when they embrace the opportunity to let go and feel open to new ways of being in their life.  Believe it or not, it can take time to integrate feeling less anxious, and to feel at ease with the new found quiet and deeper awareness.  There's nothing more wonderful than feeling more "right" inside; it makes the hard times not really matter so much.

A Bit of Background about Dr. Ochs

For over 40 years, Dr. Len Ochs was a Clinical Psychologist, simultaneously licensed in 5 states.  His field of study was broader than most with a double track through both his Master’s and Doctoral programs of:  Cognitive Behavioral, Psycho Dynamic and Social Psychology. 

 

His  field of studies additionally included physiological psychology, neurobiology, neurophysiology, information theory, and speech & hearing.  Throughout his professional career, his studies have continued; they  encompass bio and neurofeedback, the human vasculature system, nutrition, and their physiological impacts on the brain.   

 

Dr. Ochs is particularly skilled at

transcending the labels slapped upon people;

he recognizes the essence of what’s beneath them and

is masterful at tuning into each person's uniqueness.

Regarding Feedback Systems

The Chrysalis was created by Dr. Ochs - it's his 4th generation feedback system.  His unique paradigm was first developed in the 1980s, and named the Flexyx; it later became the LENS (Low Energy Neurofeedback System). 

 

Each of his feedback systems are rooted in the same proprietary paradigm of softening the grip of what keeps an individual stuck.  This enables people to move through their challenges more quickly than either standard neurofeedback, EMDR or talk therapy alone can provide.   Chrysalis in particular, is more gentle, yet more broadly and deeply effective.  

 

Dr. Ochs was a recognized pioneer in the field of biofeedback for 15 years before neurofeedback emerged in the 1980s,  He stepped into neurofeedback as it was considered the next grand step for helping clients with cognitive and emotional challenges.   

 

Prior to developing his unique system, he spent years working with and getting to know operant conditioning (the process used by standard neurofeedback).   In recognizing a person's "functional" challenges may not be directly related to the area in the brain "defined" as that functional area (i.e., may not be the source of the dysfunctions they're having), his inventive wheels began to turn.  

Generally when there's a traffic jam on the freeway, it isn't likely to be the fault of the driver directly in front of us; it's more likely due to an accident (or an officer giving out a ticket) somewhere ahead that's disrupted and blocking the free flow of traffic.

 

In this same context, Dr. Ochs developed a feedback system paradigm which enables blood to flow as its designed to.  (Proper blood flow supports the whole of our physiology (including the brain).)  Sometimes for blood to flow as designed, something that's "stuck" has to release.  We have many internal feedback loops inside us. Sometimes they get in a log jam preventing what's supposed to be happening from being able to.

 

Clinically Dr. Ochs recognizes the intelligence of our physiology to heal itself when it's given the opportunity.  Sometimes it's necessary to  eliminate toxins. Sometimes the digestive system needs healing.  Sometimes we're deficient in nutrients because we don't eat nutrient dense foods.  Sometimes we feel too chaotic inside to take the steps we need to improve our lives.

Chrysalis has been helping people do just that.

Experiencing internal quiet enables our systems to heal.

It gives us more ease and impedes to move toward

making our life better.

It's kind of like being able to breathe again.

The biggest

adventure

you can take

is to live

the life of

your dreams.

 

Oprah Winfrey

While this website contains information not generally known, all of it has been acquired over my lifetime.  I am required however, to state none of this information is for treatment or diagnosis of any medical or psychiatric purpose.  It is provided for entertainment only.

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Special thanks to Sabrina Braun 

for her Chrysalis and butterfly photos, 

& to Patrick Amiot and Brigitte Laurent  for their wonderful whimsical

sculptures in Sebastopol.

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