Saybrook University student Monisha Rios tells us about her experiences as a U.S. veteran, concerns with the mental health industry, and how Saybrook has helped her.
Tell us about what life was life before Saybrook:
The foundation for my work was laid by my personal experiences in seeking services from the VA. It all began in 1998. I was freshly discharged from the Army and fully equipped with advice from one of my drill sergeants. She told me to go straight to the VA for counseling as soon as I got out, since going to mental health on active duty was certain death for your career. I did as instructed but was turned away because, according to the staff member I spoke with, despite my having been sexually harassed and assaulted multiple times, I had not been penetrably raped, so therefore I did not “deserve” to ask for help. To make matters worse, they told me I was not eligible for any care because I was discharged before 24 months, even though my service was honorable. The Army told me I was a veteran deserving of care, why was the VA disagreeing? The only way I could get care at that point was if I had been medically discharged or attained a disability rating. Since I had been conveniently denied a medical board evaluation prior to discharge there was only one choice. On I went through the ridiculous claims process.
Recent Graduate from Saybrook University Presents Strategies for Cultivating a Clinical Practice in Mind-Body Medicine08/28/2015
James M. Cahill, MS, BCB, is a recent graduate of the Saybrook University College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences. Here James Cahill presents strategies for cultivating and promoting a clinical practice in mind-body healthcare services.
Working from the Heart
I have noticed, here at Saybrook, that there is a wide continuum of experience among us with regard to marketing. We seem to have much greater, and more natural, strengths in our beloved field of Mind-Body Medicine (MBM). Most of us are authentically motivated by its wise paradigms, practices, and worldview, while we may be hesitant—or even disdainful—of the business-end of clinical practice.
Saybrook University Integrative Medicine Student Arielle Dance Wins "Herbert Spiegel Scientific Poster Award" for Poster on Hypnotically-Assisted Childbirth and Labor.08/24/2015
Arielle Denise Dance is a doctoral student in the College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences at Saybrook University. Arielle has a master's degree in women’s health.
Diagnosed with endometriosis at 15 years old, Arielle has spent the majority of her academic career being an advocate in the women’s health community focusing on topics of chronic pain, disability, and marginalized communities. Arielle currently works for the American Cancer Society, but is extremely passionate about her work within the field of Integrative Medicine especially geared towards women’s health research. Upcoming research includes assisting women with endometriosis using specific relaxation techniques including meditation, deep breathing, and guided imagery.
Dr. Annapoorni Ramasubramanian, Ayurvedic Physician, Provides Nutritional Perspectives for Students in Saybrook’s College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences08/21/2015
Dr. Anapoorni Ramasubramanian studied Ayurvedic medicine at the K.G.M.P. Ayurved Mahavidyalaya in Mumbai, India, achieving a Bachelors and Doctorate degree in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery. She also has six years of teaching experience with the California College of Ayurveda and is a positive and inspirational Ayurveda practitioner. She strives to help others find balance and inner peace for lifelong physical, mental and spiritual health.
Presently, Dr. Ramasubramanian is working with Saybrook University as an Ayurveda teacher in the College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences. Her students know her as “Dr. Anu.” Her newest Ayurveda course will focus on Ayurvedic nutritional principles, and will be available beginning in Fall 2016 for students in the mind-body medicine degree programs as well as for students in Saybrook’s new master’s degree in integrative and functional nutrition.
Kirwan Rockefeller, Ph.D., WIA/TAA Academic Advisor at the University of California, Irvine Extension, is the author of “Visualize Confidence: How to Use Guided Imagery to Overcome Self-Doubt,” and is the co-editor of “Psychology, Spirituality and Healthcare,” Volume 2 of the 3-volume series, “Whole Person Healthcare.” This is the fifth installment in Dr. Rockefeller’s series of blogs on utilizing the imagination for personal transformation.
Have you ever lain awake at 2 AM in the morning with your mind spinning out of control? You might be imagining all the things that can, and no doubt you think, will go wrong. If so, then you know the mental rumination about all the terrible things you’re worrying about appear much larger, deeply menacing and frightfully disturbing in the dark, wee hours. The ghosts, gremlins, energy vampires and wicked witches seize your mind, body and spirit until you’re paralyzed with fear and inertia. Stuck doesn’t feel very good as you literally worry yourselves sick.
Faculty Profile: Hridaya Sivalingam, PhD -- Creating a Humanistic Education for Humanistic Counselors08/13/2015
Her eyes become half-moons when she smiles. Her whole face lights up, as if to convey her happiness and impart it upon all those around her. She is the newest addition to the Saybrook University faculty and she broadens the dimensions of the new MA in Counseling program, which expands the current MFT program to greater heights. Her name is Hridaya Sivalingam, PhD, and her passion is in creating a mindful, humanistic approach for developing humanistic counselors.
Jennifer Preston, PhD, NCC, LPC, is one of Saybrook University’s new faculty for the MA in Counseling program (formerly known as MFT). She joins the community from Minnesota State University, Mankato where she served as a professor for masters and doctorate level students for the last nine years.
Kirwan Rockefeller, Ph.D., WIA/TAA Academic Advisor at the University of California, Irvine Extension, is the author of “Visualize Confidence: How to Use Guided Imagery to Overcome Self-Doubt,” and is the co-editor of “Psychology, Spirituality and Healthcare,” Volume 2 of the 3-volume series, “Whole Person Healthcare.” This is the fourth installment in Dr. Rockefeller’s series of blogs on utilizing the imagination for personal transformation.
Your mental imagery will help you stay on course and prepare you for arriving at your destination. Whether it’s an image in your mind, or a Vision Board (more about this later), if you don’t know where you want to go, you’ll probably end up someplace else. And that someplace else will most likely be a destination that someone picked out and it may have nothing to do with you. Time and time again people come to me and say they feel like they missed the boat. My response is, “Well, you didn’t’ miss the boat, you were just on the wrong dock.”
Kirwan Rockefeller on Imagery: Don't Dismiss the First Thoughts that Come to Your Mind as Silly or Impossible.07/30/2015
Kirwan Rockefeller, Ph.D., WIA/TAA Academic Advisor at the University of California, Irvine Extension, is the author of “Visualize Confidence: How to Use Guided Imagery to Overcome Self-Doubt,” and is the co-editor of “Psychology, Spirituality and Healthcare,” Volume 2 of the 3-volume series, “Whole Person Healthcare.” Dr. Rockefeller will be providing a series of blogs on utilizing the imagination for personal transformation.
As Oprah says, "Even the wildest dreams have to start someplace. Allow yourself the time and space to let your mind wander and your imagination fly. You must be a believer before you can be an achiever."
Saybrook Instructor Elena Gillespie, PhD, Publishes The Anatomy of Death, a Book on Transpersonal Experiences of Death and Dying07/27/2015
Dr. Elena Gillespie, researcher and faculty member with Saybrook University, has trained with a psychic-shaman in Michigan for many years, and is a certified Medium in the Spiritualist Church, in addition to being a Reiki master since 1988. She had a private practice in Michigan, focusing primarily on working with patients with cancer, and in palliative care, when some of those patients were close to transition into death. Dr. Gillespie’s dissertation was a phenomenological-hermeneutic analysis of her transpersonal experiences with these subjects. Her book is based on her dissertation called The Anatomy of Death: Notes From a Healer’s Casebook.
Veronica Lac is a United Kingdom-licensed psychotherapist who specializes in Gestalt psychotherapy, but her journey with Saybrook University has been much more than Ph.D. coursework in psychology. It has been the merging of passions that most people would not first combine in thought: existential-humanistic psychotherapy and horses.