I've found that a phone consultation is key to determining if Heartcentered is a mutual fit. My approach is unique and does not align with every person or family. This work can be intense so it is very important to me that there is a feeling of mutual understanding, trust, and openness from the beginning.
The initial intake process with Heartcentered may occur over the course of multiple visits. I like to start with an informal "meet and play" visit with you and your child to determine if services are appropriate and if my approach is in line with what you are seeking. From there, if you choose to move forward with me, a separate parent meeting time will be scheduled to review case history and to identify those areas for which you are seeking support, guidance, understanding, etc. for yourself and/or your child. Finally, an informal assessment session will be scheduled with your child. During this process multiple areas will be discussed in order to determine the best course of action for your child's time at Heartcentered.
At the core of every session is connection and making sure I create a safe space and level of trust with each client, child or adult. I do not want to put the nervous system into a (further) state of protection. My goal is to honor each client and build from his/her strengths. During sessions, I typically incorporate a variety of techniques depending on these strengths and what the brain/body is presenting. This may include one or more of the following: MNRI® reflex integration/re-patterning techniques, principles from the Anat Baniel Method ®, mindfulness techniques, social-emotional communication techniques, and other related techniques to best support each client within his/her current abilities in order to facilitate improved communication with brain/body/self and others.
In addition, I am also trained in the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) developed by Dr. Stephen Porges based on his Polyvagal Theory. Similar to my MNRI® work, the SSP is meant to support bringing a nervous system out of a state of protection by reducing stress and auditory sensitivity as well as enhancing social engagement and resilience. This is a 5-day intervention which consists of 60-minute sessions over 5 consecutive days.
Per the website description: "By calming the physiological and emotional state, the door is opened for improved communication and more successful therapy."
*NOTE: For adults and for children with significant trauma backgrounds, it is recommended that the SSP be used with a trained psychologist or psychiatrist who is also trained in the SSP. I cannot provide SSP services for those with a significant trauma history or background.
NOTE: For those with whom I use MNRI®, I recommend purchasing the Parents’ Guide to MNRI®—a 60-page illustrated resource—which is intended to support on-going (or home) treatment. You can purchase directly from MusgatovaMethod.com at the link below.
Heartcentered is not a participating provider with insurance companies. You will be responsible for payment of services at the time of service. You may be able to access HSA or FSA account funds for treatment sessions.
Need financial support? Here are some options available to families who choose to work with Heartcentered. There is an application process for all of these options. Approval is not guaranteed and is not determined by Heartcentered.
NOTE: During this current pandemic, there is the option for reduced rates and/or "pay what you can" rates which are determined on a case by case basis.
1. Bridge to Healing: Bridge to Healing is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to assisting special needs on all levels. Bridge to Healing helps create scholarship accounts to assist children and adults with special needs receive therapy not covered by insurance. Click here to learn more.
Given the nature of my work, sessions are based on what a particular nervous system can handle. I block out 1 hour of time, but for some nervous systems, 20 or 30 minutes may be the limit. I never want to over-tax the nervous system or brain and my intention is always to respect the individuality of each system.
If you are participating in the SSP intervention, these sessions are 60-minutes which typically occur over the course of 5 consecutive days. However, there are circumstances in which this program needs to be modified to best serve the client. This will be discussed and determined on a case-by-case-basis.
For rates please contact the office directly at: (980) 236-1659
Are you interested in more traditional speech, language and/or feeding services for your infant or child? I am also affiliated with Carolina Kinder Development in Charlotte, NC. Please contact them directly if you are interested in working with me at this location.