- Youth Services Agency Doylestown, PA
- Horsham Professional Series 2004-2005
Client Feedback 2009 CMT
I was experiencing a difficult time. Stress was an overriding factor, but I was raging at my daughters. I threw four fits in two weeks. Awful, heart-wrenching, fist pounding on tables, yelling fits. I was totally out of control in front of my 10 and 12-year-olds. I promised them that I would find help if I had another one, and I did. I had another fit a few days later, and I found Nancy.
I was raised by a wonderful, but raging, mother. She raised five children. We all graduated from college, we all have good families, we all care about the world, and we are all very close. I want to do the same for my girls, minus the heart attacks, eating disorder, numerous stress-related health issues, and the shame she still has for her raging episodes. .I began to understand why I was throwing fits. Nancy helped me find my right brain and recognize my own brain patterns, so I am learning how to control my rages.
Nancy and I have worked together to use my love of poetry to tell my story. I would find excerpts that reminded me of my own life and use them to help me write poem after poem. Then, Nancy would have me underline a place in my own poem and illustrate it using my right brain. In the end, I had 15 painted visions of what I found out about myself . We pieced them together in a visual quilt, and I am currently in the process of connecting my worst self-images (which are on the left side), to my core person (which are in the middle column), to my most life-is-worth-living memories (which are on the right). Through writing, visualizing and creating movements to these “Therapy” poems, I have found ways to redirect the urge to rage. For example, when I hear my daughters bickering, I reach up high in the air, and breathe with my toes pointed outward. I use this motion often, instead of screaming at them to “Stop yelling!” It has worked to make their relationship better.Nancy knows how to take the magic in my brain, and gives exercises that are personal, meaningful, and artistic to release and connect my left and right cortical functions. I am now able to dialogue and manage my body and emotions with my frontal lobe, instead of going into a reptilian rage.
Youth Services Agency, Professional Training in Cross Modal therapy and Techniques; Doylestown, PA.
Nancy's creative arts training programs allow at -risk youth to experience and investigate a wealth of emotions without feeling threatened like they do in verbal therapy. We all know that at-risk youth have a hard time identifying and talking about their emotions. Nancy's trainings allow these kids to investigate who they are and what they feel in a non-verbal fashion. Her trainings ask kids to experience their emotions rather than talk about them. I believe that her techniques teach youth and clinicians new ways to communicate their life experience. Robert Smith Director
This work was was inspiring. It gave me a new perspective on both my co-workers and myself. It also gave me the opportunity to experience activities that made me think outside the box. I was raised to be stoic by parents who were both in law-enforcement. It felt good to let go and be unconventional for a moment intime. My only suggestion is to reach as many people as you can. Keep the chain of insight growing among professionals. Licensed Clinical Social Worker
This workshop was enlightening. I defniitely learned a new way to interpret emoitions and movemet. Music and the visual arts are a powerful combination that allows everyone to express themselves at deeper levels. Caseworker
My favorite exercise was working with the selected 'favorite' song that each of us shared. It revealed a different part of our lives- visually and through movement- that we do not normally share, which providees us with a different perspective on how to reach clients. Board Certified Music Therapist
It would have been great to have more time to process and work with these exercises in perception. The insightfulness came from a gained knowledge throughout the work of how I see and sometimes misjudge people by my need to label things and behaviors. Rather I should observe and try to seek the underlying truth that is being expressed. That is the real plight and responsibility of the therapist and caseworker. Social worker Supervisor
I was so unsure oif what to expect from this 'cross modal' approach to training. It was a wonderful learning experience. Because oif music, I was ablke to unlock and share special feelings and thoughts. I would love to this over and over because there is so much to learn. I don't think Nancy should change anything. Licensed Clinical Social worker
- Earthbourne Institute for Science Spirituality and Culture 2006-2008
- CMT and the Sanctuary Model S.E.L.F
The Sanctuary Network Conference 2010
November 3-4 Crown Plaza Yonkers, NY
This seminar explains the theory and application of cross modal therapies (CMT) for improving the efficacy of treatment for developmental trauma. This treatment protocol is designed to intercnonnect the language of three ey non-verbal brain modalities -visual, musical and gestural- with the narratuve art of personal story telling. Its purpose is to integrate the creative arts process with the S.E. L.F.