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1. Body Psychotherapy & Mind/Body Counseling
Why mind/body 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 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.
Who can benefit? Currently I am accepting referrals for individual adults. I specialize in supporting people who are seeking help with:
adjustment to life changes
seeking a more vital relationship with one's life or calling
trauma & PTSD
anxiety & stress
affirmative care for issues of sexuality & gender/LGBT
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 mind/body counseling you will begin to uncover how your past experiences inform the way you embody yourself today. You will begin to have more freedom, more strength, more awareness and more spontaneity in how you literally and figuratively move through your life. 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 and yourself in new ways. Stephen Johnson calls it "The hard work miracle."
When? Appointments are scheduled between 11:30am and 6:30pm 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? The fee is $130 for a 50-55 minute session, or $65 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 you don't take my 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
There are two forms I ask all new clients to complete. One form is needed at the beginning of our first session, as noted below. The other form is needed for our second session. Please click on the form names below to download.
New Client Form 1: Cover sheet, agreement, office orientation. Please print and complete this form, and bring to our first session.
New Client Form 2: Questionnaire. Please print and complete this form, and bring to our second session.
HIPAA/Privacy Practices Form: This is available for your reference only. You do not need to print and sign.
3. Jeremy Fulwiler, LMSW, ACSW, CTS, E-RYT
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
Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW), National Association of Social Workers (Member since 2007)
Certified Trauma Specialist (CTS), National Institute of Trauma and Loss in Children
Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT), Yoga Alliance, with 20 years of yoga experience
Certified Core Energetics Practitioner (CCEP), Institute of Core Energetics, NYC
Certified Personal Trainer, American Council on Exercise (NCCA Accredited)
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 15 years Reiki experience
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."