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1. Body Psychotherapy & Bodymind Counseling
Why bodymind counseling?
At the risk of stating the obvious: as humans, we have bodies! Or put another way, we are “bodied.” It is up to each of us, though, how fully we choose to “embody” ourselves. It is the basis of my work that this body we’ve each been given is our map back home – back home to this very moment, back home to our deep and true longings for love and authenticity, back home to not only our mental health and satisfaction, but to pleasure in being alive – even when being alive is tough. Decades of body psychotherapy research as well as contemporary clinical research across disciplines further support this powerful connection between mind & body.
What's a group session like?
People are often surprised by group work. Most people who end up in one of my groups don't start off looking for a group (and may even feel quite anxious at the thought), but end up finding a great deal of support, insight, aliveness and adventure through the experience. In contrast to drop-in classes, these groups are "closed" which means it's the same 8-12 people each time, allowing for a deep trust to develop over time. Groups meet every-other-week for two hours in the evening. Once per year we gather for a day-long Saturday workshop. New members are introduced to the group occasionally, but usually not more than once per year.
Group sessions tend to begin with a warm-up to bring everyone's energy into the room, then various forms of checking in with each other and the whole group, and then supporting oneself and each other towards receiving more of what one's need is from the group experience. This may mean that I guide a process in which people are led to feel into themselves and the wisdom and support of the group. Usually, we have time for one or two of these processes per evening session. Over time, everyone works in this way, getting the full support of the group. Regardless, people tend to find that they benefit significantly from being present for each other's processes, and often taking part in them. We end with a closing circle, and then come back two weeks later to continue the work.
Group work is a greater risk than individual sessions for most people. But the reward of this risk often matches or exceeds the challenge. There is nothing else like it. Flyer with more info here.
What's a relationship (i.e. couple, family, friend, professional, or non-traditional relationship) or individual session like?
Our sessions are informed both by your overall goals as well as what you are feeling like at the time of our appointment. We tend to talk a bit to check in, then integrate some type of body-awareness or movement approach specific to your current needs or circumstances (including yoga therapy, core energetics, mindfulness, visualization, aromatherapy and/or energy work), and then debrief or integrate the experience. In both individual and relationship sessions, I am committed to supporting you to "drop beneath" the more familiar narratives or beliefs you have about yourself and each other, and into the place where there is deeper feeling, the ability to more fully hear and feel oneself as well as others.
Who can benefit? Currently I am accepting adult referrals for groups, as well as relationship counseling (relationships including romantic, family, friend, professional, and non-traditional). I specialize in supporting people who are seeking help with many different goals, including:
showing up in the world and relationships more authentically
adjustment to life changes
clarifying wants, needs, boundaries and learning to receive these from others as well
seeking a more vital connection with one's life, goals, purpose, or calling
moving beyond stuck patterns and cycles in one's life or in relationships
affirmative care for issues of sexuality & gender/LGBTQ+ (Including Kink/BDSM)
I have noticed that most of the people who find their way into my office are very well served by this work. Those who most benefit tend to be people who either are particularly interested in holistic healthcare or those who gave traditional or talk-based therapy a shot but would now like a different approach. Whether you believe you are young or old, able-bodied or not, love to move or shudder at the thought, it doesn’t matter – your body can lead you home.
What changes may happen in my life?
Through bodymind counseling you will begin to uncover how your past experiences inform the way you embody yourself today. You and your relationships will begin to have more freedom, more strength, more awareness and more spontaneity. You will feel the ground support your movement on Earth. This process is sometimes fun and sometimes frustrating. It sometimes feels easy and sometimes feels hard. It's pretty much like life, but in a safe place to experience your life, your self, and others in new ways. Stephen Johnson calls it "The hard work miracle."
When? Groups take place every-other-week on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, meeting about two times per month. Other appointments are scheduled between 11am and 6pm Monday through Wednesday, and between 9am and 3pm Thursday
Where? Wellness Beyond Words (Southfield, MI) or via Skype. Click here for the map and directions, as well as info on parking, etc.
How much? Group: $120/month (two 2-hour sessions). Relationship/Family: $160 for a 50 minute session. Individual: $140 for a 50 minute session, or $70 for a 25-minute session.
Is there paperwork I need to complete? Thanks for asking - Yes! The new client forms are found a bit further down this page.
What about health insurance? I accept most Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan PPO plans. If you will be using health insurance to help cover your session fee, be certain to call them prior to our first session to ensure the following:
I am on your exact network
How much (if any) you owe towards your annual deductible
Your copay and/or coinsurance for outpatient mental health office visits
The number of outpatient mental health visits you have covered annually
What if I don't take your insurance? Most insurance plans with out-of-network coverage will also cover our sessions. Call the number on your card and provide my name and licensing credential (LMSW-Clinical: Licensed Clinical Master Social Worker in the State of Michigan). They will tell you if our sessions will be covered. If so, you will pay me the session amounts at the time of each session and I'll provide you a monthly bill to submit to your insurance. They will reimburse you directly.
Questions & Scheduling? You'll find several contact options here.
2. New Client Forms
Please click on the form name to download the form. You are welcome to print, complete and bring with you to your first session, or to fill-in the pdf using your computer and email back to me prior to our first session. Complete only ONE form below (you don't need to do the Group and Individual form, for example).
New Group Member Form: Includes cover sheet, group agreement, and questionnaire
New Individual/Relationship Form: Please note, I am NOT taking referrals for individual clients (outside of group members) at this time. For those entering relationship therapy, I ask for each individual involved in the relationship to complete their own form.
HIPAA/Privacy Practices Form: This is available for your reference only. You do not need to print and sign.
3. Jeremy Fulwiler, LMSW, CCEP, CTS
Founder, Wellness Beyond Words
In addition to my passion for this work and having been deeply supported through receiving this same work personally, I bring the following skills and credentials to my work. This background further supports me to uniquely work with people through integrating traditional and complementary approaches to wellness:
Fully Licensed Master of Clinical Social Work (LMSW-Clinical), State of Michigan
Certified Core Energetics Practitioner (CCEP), Institute of Core Energetics, NYC
Certified Trauma Specialist (CTS), National Institute of Trauma and Loss in Children
Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT), Yoga Alliance (inactive), with 25 years of yoga experience
Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), American Council on Exercise (Inactive; NCCA Accredited)
Certified Dance Meditation Teacher
Master of Science (MS) in Social Work, Columbia University, NYC
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English (Creative Writing), Minor in Dance, Concentrations in Music and Theater, Otterbein University, OH
Reiki Master Teacher, over 20 years Reiki experience
National Association of Social Workers (Member since 2007)
Active musician, dancer and creative writer for over 25 years
Certified aromatherapist through Natural Options Aromatherapy
After completing my Masters of Science in Social Work from Columbia University in New York City, I entered the field of social work to address wellness on a community level. I have worked in fields related to substance use, child welfare, trauma, and issues and concerns relating to sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. I have directed programs at Green Chimneys Children’s Services in NYC and have worked as a clinical social worker at The Children’s Center in Detroit. I have also worked as an independently contracted therapist at Healing Hearts Counseling in Rochester Hills, MI.
Prior to graduate school, I completed a Bachelor of Arts in English (Creative Writing), with a minor in Dance and concentrations in Music and Theater. I then worked as a singer/songwriter and music and movement specialist and educator in the greater NYC region. These past experiences inform my clinical skills today with rich expressive approaches, aligning people with the “medicine” of their own creativity as they face their self-determined goals for wellness.
I have received a great deal of training outside of the academic setting. This includes a two-year training program for licensed professionals at the Institute of Core Energetics, based in NYC. In June 2017, I will be graduating from their four-year program as a "CCEP": Certified Core Energetics Practitioner. Core Energetics is an approach to wellness integrating body and spirit with the more familiar terrain of the mind. Core Energetics addresses the ways people protect themselves, with special consideration to finding more vibrant and spontaneous ways of living safe, full and meaningful lives. After initiating my practice of yoga in 1995, I also completed an intensive yoga teacher training program through Sun-Moon Yoga and Multi-Dimensional Yoga Therapy in Ann Arbor. I have taught hundreds of group classes and individual sessions since that time, having earned the credential of “Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher” (E-RYT) through Yoga Alliance. Also, from 1999 to 2005, I studied the simple healing art of Reiki under two masters, and began to practice as a Reiki Master/Teacher in 2006. I now lead “Reiki Through Yoga” healing arts workshops for others. Most recently, I completed a full certification program in personal training, to further develop my understanding and experience in working safely, smartly and directly with people, not only on fitness, but on the way people live their lives through their bodies.
Additionally, my administrative and clinical social work experience uncovered the depth of impact that trauma can have on the lives of many people. Seeing how trauma symptoms were manifesting themselves in ways that looked like other mental health concerns (such as generalized anxiety, oppositional behavior, depression, or ADHD), I became trained and certified by The National Institute of Trauma and Loss in Children (TLC) as a Certified Trauma Specialist. I use multi-sensory approaches including art, relaxation, and gentle movement, to support a healing process addressing symptoms of mood and behavior at their very root.
I have done additional advanced study in cognitive-behavioral therapy (as a stand-alone practice, as well as a modality to address trauma, depression and anxiety), play therapy (both directive and non-directive), motivational interviewing, the stages of change, behavior management, and supporting parents to become trauma-informed caregivers for children and teens who have been affected by trauma.
My passion for gardening, herbs, and a “DIY lifestyle” has led me to developing healthy products that keep myself and others close to the Earth, such as balms, rinses, and teas. This later led me to completing an aromatherapy certification training program from Natural Options Aromatherapy in northern Ohio. The integration of these simple and safe practices that virtually anyone can learn and master is yet another way that people are able to soothe and heal themselves through our work together.
Most recently, I have completed work on a book of poetry, Prodigal Selves, that I am publishing through Wellness Beyond Words' publication arm, Evans Creek Press. More information on the book can be found at my personal website: www.jeremyfulwiler.com and at Evans Creek Press's website.
As a lifetime musician, my current area of focused study is the use of sound in healing. I look forward to sharing and offering more wellness opportunities through sounding and music in the seasons to come. Currently, I am collaborating with sound healer Don Allen and holistic psychotherapist Tatianah Thunberg on improvisational group vocal meditations that we call "Harmonic Voice Meditation."