Elyce Gordon Counseling, LLC (917) 922-5050
How did I get here? That’s a question I get asked fairly often so I wanted to give you a little background on my own healing journey and what has brought me here, to this moment.
I was always curious in learning about "who I am." In my 20's I decided it was time to awaken and take the journey. I had spent over 25 years working on improving myself using meditation and mindfulness as a daily practice. I continued to be committed and still use these practices to deepen into my authentic self. As I moved closer to my truest of "Self" I wanted to learn more.
That is when I was introduced to the Internal Family Systems Model. Talk about fascinating? This evidenced based model has the belief that the mind is made up of parts and that each part has its own feelings and personality. How interesting? That peeked my curiosity even more since I am open to being a little weird, odd or out there sometimes. What I found was that you have some parts that help you function well while other parts try to control you because they carry wounds from the past that haven't been healed.
When I heard that, it made sense to check it out, since some research suggests that 99% of America comes from a dysfunctional family and I was from one of them! I felt motivated and a thought of inspiration came to me. This voice inside was quiet and said "I need to do this work and help others." That was my intuition talking! I knew because my heart warmed, my eyes lit up, and I was smiling ear to ear! I could help others? I felt it wasn't enough to just understand these parts alone. That is when I decided to go back to grad school for a clinical mental health counseling degree and get a deeper understanding of the mind from a neuroscience perspective.
As I was learning, I was introduced to many science-based approaches with different perspectives. That was riveting to me so I started researching scholarly articles on some of these theories and how they proved to help people. This was also humorous. I never thought in a million years that I would be interested in research.
I was so NOT a school person at all. In fact, I was this cool down to earth hip chic from NYC with a rock n roll flare, creative and highly intuitive being that wanted to be a mom. The last thing you would catch me doing was research. Something changed in me, my kids were getting older and it was time to create more meaning outside my family world. I became passionate and goal driven and I wanted to continue to learn more about the mind. It fascinated me way more than anything else because it had substance, something I felt the need for more of.
After researching, I began learning other ways to heal the mind, by taking lots of different trainings including holistic ones. I came across Polyvagal theory and bodyfullness trainings that for me, encapsulated what we think with what we feel and experienced in the past and where we hold memories in our body. That is when it all connected for me. It was this AHA moment, that moment of clarity. I was able to tie it all together, body, mind, and heart. It was then that I realized that this is what I want to do. This is what I am passionate about and this is my purpose.
I am here to serve you and help guide you to guide your ownself to living from your authentic self and through your own journey you too will connect your body mind and heart and heal.
There is no coincidence that YOU are here, this mixture of ALL that I’ve learned in my educational career, both academically and in the professional body, mind, and heart training realms, will also help you. Are you ready for your journey?
· National Board Certified Counselor
· Internal Family Systems Model, Level 2 trained- Parts Work
· Gottman Method Level 2 trained- Couples Counseling
· Certified Meditation and Life Coach
· Certified Holistic Heath Practitioner
· Dialectical Behavior Therapy Certification
ADDITIONAL STUDIES & RESEARCH
REGISTERED MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR INTERN
Psychoeducation is the key in helping you understand and make sense of what happened in the past/present and how to process old beliefs and feelings through proven research studies
Understanding the Autonomic Nervous System- helping the logical and emotional mind know the difference between cues of safety and cues of danger and how to create more social connection
Awareness training helps you move towards creating positive change
Following feelings to treat deep rooted issues such as shame and feelings of not being good enough or low self esteem
Creates peace and harmony using a body mind spirit integrative approach to Self lead your parts back into balance.
Breaking thought patterns and learning how to manage unwanted thoughts with easy replacement techniques
Reseach shows that meditation helps to calm the body and improve decision making
Bodyyfulness helps you to fully integrate and process difficult emotions and memories
Managing emotions effectively
Learning and practicing to be in the now helps you to embrace life transitions with whatever is coming to the surface through love,empathy, and compassion
Research suggests that practicing gratitude increases dopamine levels
"What fires together wires together"
Rather than you sifting through all the research and countless books, not to mention attending weekend workshops and trainings (like I did!), I can give you what I’ve found to be THE MOST essential pieces for personal development and well-being so you can learn to become your own guide and healer at the root level and live from Your Authentic Self.
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