The mission of MindFit Counseling is to provide collaborative care through advanced and progressive modalities that treat the whole person. The team of highly trained, licensed therapists work with all ages to address issues and develop strategies to get back on the path of a happy and successful life. Services offered include individual and marriage counseling, play and art therapy, brainspotting, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and psychiatry/medication management.
Owner Jessica Cannon has built the practice around innovative modalities that are based on research. They go beyond usual cognitive behavioral therapy, since some individuals need a different avenue than talking through problems to reach resolution. The objective is to get individuals back to living a fulfilling life.
Most of the counselors at MindFit are trained in EMDR, brainspotting, or both therapies. EMDR uses vision to help people renegotiate trauma, and is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms of emotional distress caused by a disturbing experience. Brainspotting processes traumas by having an individual visually focus on a spot, which stimulates the uncovering of thoughts and paves the way to healing.
Cannon, who is a veteran, is a proponent of brainspotting. In her practice she sees teenagers, but especially enjoys working with veterans. She feels they want to work with someone who can relate to their experiences.
“Brainspotting is the idea that where you look affects how you feel,” Cannon says. “We don’t realize that the ocular nerve is searching our brain for information. In therapy we use that to find stored trauma. When people experience trauma, they don’t have the option to fight or flight. Instead, they freeze and go through life in a frozen state. They may have been taught to ignore feelings or push them away. Brainspotting helps free them from the frozen state and deal with trauma.”
Cannon also has a passion for training and educating new therapists. MindFit hosts many master’s-level interns, and Cannon trains them in brainspotting. She feels that an excellent therapist is attuned to their clients. Being cognizant of when a patient’s breathing picks up or slows down, and other physical cues, is a skill that can be taught.
Although MindFit does not accept insurance for marriage or couples counseling, it does work with major insurance companies for all other types of therapy. To request an appointment, a form can be accessed on the practice’s website. The website has valuable information such as frequently asked questions, resources that include recommended books with links to Amazon.com, physical and mental health website links, plus a blog with beneficial and informative articles. It also explains the different types of therapy offered.
“I wish more people knew the existence of the modalities we use,” Cannon says. “Everyone is different in what works for them and there are other options than talk therapy. Our goal is to help you find healing in the most effective way possible.”
MindFit Counseling is located at 1031 Kendall Court in Westfield. The Carmel office is located at 755 West Carmel Drive, Suite 206.