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Inspire ~ Empower

So you can become rooted/grounded and inspired to live your life motivated and balanced everyday. Everyday.

As I continue to marry my passions of psychology and physical health care. I have been developing an exercise based therapy protocol since I began my mental health career 17 years ago.

I also love to write and develop programs that help people be as healthy as possible using physical health to heal mental health and vice versa via movement and nutrition. Check out my blog at StacyRd.com

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Education & Experience

  • PhD – Clinical & Somatic Psychology
  • Hakomi Comprehensive Graduate
  • EMDR trained
  • Certified Personal Trainer & Group Exercise Instructor

Commonly Used Therapy Modalities Include:

  • Hakomi Method
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Body Centered Psychotherapy
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapies
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Narrative Therapy

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Why I Do What I Do

Living Life Inspired. Everyday. I work to help people find balance in their daily living that allows them to become the best versions of themselves.

By healing past hurts we can embrace the core of who we are and who we want to be. Using a variety of modalities I work to inspire you to embark on your personal journey. This work allows you to take control of your life empowering you to be fearless as you embrace your path.

No matter what you are dealing with, there is a way out or around it.

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Finding My Inspiration

Using somatic, cognitive, and behavioral psychology interventions blended with exercise science techniques I create programs to help you reach your goals.

Together we create the concrete goals for your life desires, clear past traumas, address dysfunctional behavior patterns, explore symptoms, and create change. As you gain insight into your current situation you become better at creating appropriate goals to move your life forward with positive change.

The body holds so much of our history and our wisdom. To live life to fullest we must be embodied. Our bodies are the vehicles all experience is interpreted through. Together we explore your grounding in experience. I teach you skills and techniques to life fully in your body and mind without the need for numbing, rejecting, or ignoring your physical body. For many of us, embracing our physical selves is hard. We’ve learned to ignore, negate, and hate our bodies. Many of us have been physical hurt and abused making the body the enemy. Together we explore the relationship between your body and mind to bring them back to congruence.

Areas of experience

Working with trauma, depression, anxiety, disordered eating, personality disorders, addiction, along with non-medical treatments for pain management and chronic disease management.

My interventions are rooted in: Diagnostic criteria, Innovative current evidence based treatment modalities, Balanced in daily living practices, Inspired to make changes.

I am paneled by most insurance companies.

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Next Steps…

Contact me today, to see how you can take the 1st steps toward, health, wellness, healing old wounds, and becoming the best you can be.


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About Me

My Philosophy

Inspired and Motivated – I view my role as a guide. You have the map for your path, my job is the help you read it. Often it’s hard to see the forest when you are in the thick of the trees. As humans we are pack creatures and our brains are wired for connection. As a result having someone you trust to help you think through ideas, concepts, and possible life directions you make the best decisions for your life goals. I believe my job is to inspire you. When you are inspired you are motivated to change your life. This allows you to balance your life and live inspired everyday. Not the life you were handed … the one you want.

Balanced and Brave – To find everyday inspiration we must be balanced. You’ve got to have a balance of work and play, alone time and social connection, activity and rest. Together we examine your life balance and make adjustments to

My Story

I was 5 when I asked my mom “why do people do what they do”? She laughed and said she didn’t know. I decided I’d find out. By 8th grade I decided to be a psychiatrist, but by high school graduation I decided that I wanted to be proactive in health care, not reactive with medicines. So I became an exercise scientist and began study the body at work and rest. I continued to be called back to psychology and eventually found somatic psychology.

This journey was not only about my curiosity, it was also about my personal experience. In adolescence I got sick. I was finally diagnosed with IBS at 24, and I used my own illnesses to find links between the body and mind, exercise and psychology, diet and mental health. I continue to monitor and utilize both to treat my physical elements.

In addition, to the physical problems I have experienced, I have a family history of bipolar and ADHD. In my experience, watching my large family navigate these diagnoses and my own experience with traits of both and experiencing bouts of depression I knew there was more to treating my unique set of symptoms. I saw a variety of doctors in both disciplines and my experiences showed that my physical health care provider often didn’t know what my mental health care provider was doing and vice versa. This was frustrating and often overwhelming.

Over the years, I have watched how my concrete choices – what to eat, how to move, what to consume (e.g. media, music, video, news, people around me, environmental stressors like cleaning supplies and personal hygiene items) impact my mental and physical health. From this I have created interventions to induce change within the whole system – from the physical more concrete levels to the mental and spiritual levels of being. To do this I found somatic psychology and began to study how our thoughts and emotions shape our endocrine system responses. From there I took my exercise science background to overlay movements to treat the physical responses of our mind.

Somatic psychology focuses on using the body as a medium for therapeutic change. Soma means “living body” and in this psychological approach the body helps guide our work. I am trained in the Hakomi Method (see the video below) and also use physical movement, touch, spaces, and exercise as a tool to help us access sub conscious states. I blend physical exercise, nutrition, and psychology to create programs that focus on the whole person and help you become the most healthy version of yourself.

Practice Specialties

Stacy is a licensed clinical and somatic psychologist. She specializes in understanding how the body and mind interact using a variety of techniques to treat mental health issues. She has experience working with trauma, depression, anxiety, bipolar, disordered eating, personality disorders, addiction, weight loss/gain, obesity/bariatric surgery counseling, along with non-medical treatments for pain management and chronic disease management.  Throughout her practice Stacy has helped clients develop goals and determine next steps to optimal health and wellness while managing life change. She has worked as an outpatient psychologist, on the 24 hr crisis team, and as an integrated behavioral health professional working alongside primary care physicians. Stacy has experience working with all ages groups from children through adults including couples and families.

As a student of somatic psychology and the effects of trauma, she explores how we develop relationship with ourselves, others, spaces, and create a sense of balance in our lives using movement and mindfulness following a disruptive event.

Stacy is a graduate of the Hakomi Comprehensive Program, trained in EMDR, skilled in Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral,  and Dialectic Behavioral Therapy methods among others. She blends these to create individualized programs that include exercise, diet, and positive copings skills to address a variety of mental health concerns.

Research

Her current clinical practice looks at the impacts of physical exercise on trauma symptoms. Her research interests include how the endocrine system, specifically the HPA-axis is impacted by both trauma and physical exercise and how physical activity may work to address both psychosocial and physical co-occurring symptoms in those suffering from trauma related symptoms. Many who suffer from psychological stressors also suffer from co-occurring health disorders like obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes management. Research has repeatedly shown those with mental health illnesses die on average 25 years earlier than their mentally healthy counterparts and co-occurring disorders play a role.

Education

She holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology/Somatic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of Wisconsin – Superior, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. She is a professional member of the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP) and can be found in their clinician directory, as well as, The American Psychological Association. Stacy is an AFAA (Aerobics & Fitness Association of America) Certified Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor. Through AFAA’s PFT Certification she taught and certified new Personal Trainers for 9 years and continues to look for ways to help personal trainers meet the diverse needs of their clients by addressing mental health issues that arise on the fitness center floor.

Interests & Experience

She is also the founder of SuperiorWorkout.com, a website designed to keep you moving toward your fitness goals. Formerly, a fitness center owner (Superior Balance, Inc) and weekly Health and Fitness Columnist in The Daily Telegram of Superior, WI, Stacy is the founder and former board chair  (2006) of Superior-Douglas County Fit Cities Initiative bringing activity to the community in a grass roots campaign to get people moving. She has taught psychology as an adjunct professor at Fort Lewis College, health related classes in a variety of settings, worked in the fitness industry for more than 20 years in a variety of capacities, and she has been a speaker at various forums, workshops, and conferences on a variety of wellness topics. Contact Stacy to invite her to speak at your event.

More at SuperiorWorkout.com & SuperiorBalance.com  where she works with clients interested in finding their best mental and physical balance or at StacyRd.com blogs about psychology, trauma, and physical exercise.

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Next Steps…

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Please know I cannot do therapy over email as it is not HIPPA compliant and that I am not available by phone outside of my office hours. If you are having an emergency please call the local crisis line (Durango: 970-247-5245) or 911.

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