Reaching out to a coach or counselor for mental health help is a brave step! If you have been stuck and not able to heal I have hope for you and hope is a powerful thing. Don't give up on yourself and your brain, body, and soul's ability to heal no matter how complex the journey may be.
During your first session your intake and goals will be reviewed. A plan of care will be implemented with your goals at the center of every step. Obstacles are then identified and each plan acknowledges limits and history.
Brainspotting expedites healing for individuals that recognize their trauma but are powerless to stop their triggers. I use this process with couples who are unable to connect after traumatic events or having gone through disclosure and wanting to reintegrate connection.
I have had an amazing experience from the beginning. Julie is an Angel on earth. She gave me all the tools I needed to get better. The group has also been life changing. Brainspotting is unreal. Can’t say enough about it!
I was referred to Julie St. Onge by a local therapist who mentioned that she was “her first pick” for who best to help me. I was in deep despair, pain, confusion...personal chaos going on in my life... I hit the jack pot with Julie!
" I feel more in control of my emotions and I am much better at reinforcing boundaries. I get to actually be present with my family. I give myself a lot more grace, and I feel like my "brain fog' from depression has nearly cleared up. Everybody should come see Julie. "
Brainspotting reveals a client’s unprocessed traumas through fixed eye positions. Specific eye positions each link to their own “brainspot,” an area of the mind that retains thoughts and emotions. Clients fixate on troubling brainspots to uncover hidden mental challenges. Brainspotting a relatively new way to treat many traumas and mental challenges. In addictions, brainspotting is used to expose hidden wounds that trigger the habit. For this article, we’ll highlight the role of brainspotting in addiction recovery.
Brainspotting might be a good fit to work in tandem with your other therapies. In some programs, you might find yourself in BSP as you engage in CBT or DBT. Brainspotting can help recovering individuals if they:
The majority of clients that try brainspotting find it extremely effective in relieving trauma and stress symptoms. Most describe it as life changing, fast acting, innovative when other therapies have failed, healing, peace producing, and a highly intuitive healing process.
Clients who have tried EMDR often find this modality more effective and a gentler process.
This can be coupled with other therapies for those looking to add to their current plan.
Origin means the point or place where something begins, arises, or is derived.
Your family and upbringing assisted in forming your sense of identity and how you honor your value system.
When a trauma induced history is not resolved with healing and understanding it can erode a person's moral compass and peace causing them to disintegrate.
When a confusing family story or event from childhood is not processed it contributes to susceptibly to addiction, maladaptive coping skills, relational dysfunction, increased risk of isolation, self hate, depression, and anxiety.
We offer four, six and eight hour Family of Origin Intensives. We use a Trauma Egg Model along with Brainspotting to assist in helping you make sense of your past and heal from it. Intensives are online and can be done individually or as a couple.
Here is a link to understand the trauma egg process. It is recommended to use this tool while working with a professional.
Brainspotting, EMDR, SE, and hypnosis cause similar brain states in clients. However, each method specializes differently for each client’s unique needs. Brainspotting (BSP) allows clients to guide themselves through their own subconscious or deeper brain layers. They choose what issue they’d like to start with. Then, they explore in and around it with only light guidance by their therapist. This method uses fixated, steady eye positions. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing
(EMDR) also tackles client’s deep traumas. The therapist over stimulates the client’s senses to reduce the emotional weight of the chosen issue. EMDR usually uses rapid, repetitive eye motions. Hypnosis again takes on the powerful issues stored in a client’s mind. However, the therapist has a more active role by creating the hypnotic state for the client. They tell the client what to focus on, acting as the main direction for sessions.
Somatic experiencing (SE) uses small doses of trauma-related triggers to guide the client’s journey. The therapist guides the client by alternating between comforting and triggering experiences. This process trains a healthier mind-body response. EMDR, SE, and hypnosis each tend to be more structured types of mind-body therapy. These are great for clients who feel comfort from using very specific steps. BSP programs are ideal in addiction treatment when a client needs more freedom to confront their traumas. You may find that with more control over your own therapy, you’ll have a more meaningful and rewarding experience.
We offer a host of support to hurting and struggling to rebuild their lives after devastating
With life crisis comes hurt, anger, confusion, frustration, feeling isolation, feeling of rejection, , and a sense of aimlessness. Let us help you find your way back.
Learning how to care for yourself and all your parts will be key. Trauma level reduction is the first step. Once your level is stable we assist in helping you listen to the truth that is deep inside whispering and calling for attention.
Sessions are 55 minutes over zoom. That time is used towards establishing a comprehensive plan based on your goals.
We provide root cause analysis with each session, looking for the core issues and possible contributing factors. Identifying these is key to developing a thorough treatment plan.
Brainspotting, cognitive reframing, trauma processing, boundary building, and trigger awareness are some of the tools and support services we offer. We assists in working through difficult relationships and creating safety with abusive ones.
Our greatest hope is to see our clients thriving and believe that
they are enough!
"Loving ourselves through the process of owning our story is the bravest thing we will ever do.” Brene Brown
One of the hardest things a person can face is separation and possibly divorce.
The fallout can be massive. Family, friends, and community may judge, require more information for approval, or withdraw love and affection. Finances become stressful for most and financial abuse is often associated with these situations.
Though many people stay for the children they are often the ones to be the hardest on their parents due to pain and confusion.
If you can identify with lost community and are facing rebuilding on your own please reach out.
We can assist you in navigating the messy middle and developing a plan to survive the madness.
Clients usually meet with their coaches weekly or biweekly depending on their goals. The client sets the schedule. We offer a range of flexibility.
Each individual coaching session lasts 55- 60 minutes.
Cost varies from $100- $150 depending on which coach you see and the services you are seeking. We each use automated payment systems through Ivy, PayPal, Vcita, Stripe, or Venmo. Sessions we be billed the day of the session.
BSN Rivier University
ACC World Coach Institute
Julie received her Bachelors in Nursing from Rivier University graduating Summa. Her experienced entails working in the following nursing fields over the course of 20 years:
Labor & Delivery, Post Partum, Surgical & Circulating, Walk in Clinic, Surgical Day Center, and School Nursing. Julie attended the World Coach Institute where she obtained her Life Coach Certificate. She is BrainSpot Trained and has completed all phases for certification. Julie is currently working with a few Brainspot trainers to advance the proposed model of brainspotting for hurting couples.
Individual Care Includes:
Helping clients form a plan based on their goals, specific personality preferences, and wounding. First sessions include measuring trauma levels, assessing needs and safety, identifying areas needing assistance, and hearing the clients story and goals, trigger mapping, assist in forming and implementing boundaries, decreasing trauma levels, establishing emotional and physical safety, learning new communication skills, monitoring ongoing health affected by trauma, and couples work.
Couples Work Includes:
1. Assisting in establishing a safe space
2. Identifying wounding and work needed
3. Communication Skill Building
4. Identifying Trigger Cycles
5. Using Gottman Tools to assess
6. Couples Brainspotting
7. Identifying Damage, Repair Needs, & Critical Fractures
8. Plans Forward For Both Partners
10. Separation Agreement Facilitator
11. Teaching Empathy & Building Emotional Connection
“ I came to a place in life where I was not willing to accept good enough or not that bad… Don't give up on yourself and your soul's ability to heal no matter how complex the journey may be.”