Acupuncture is a form of energy medicine. A 3,000 year old healing tradition that has its roots in the shamanic practices of indigenous people, acupuncture supports change at a deep level and can be used to treat the emotions and the body. Any condition you bring to a physician for treatment can be addressed with acupuncture including all types of pain. Common ailments Kathleen treats are back pain (sciatica, neck pain, shoulder pain), syndromal pain patterns (migraines, PMS, IBS, digestive pain), organ dysfunction (asthma, hepatitis), etc. Pain is the mind or body's way of asking for assistance. Welcoming and making inquiry into pain in the presence of a caring practitioner can open the door to change and greater health.
Kathleen is trained in many modalities and her work reflects her experience that the energy of pain and illness can be shifted and changed to reflect patterns of health and wellness. Acupuncture needles make many changes in and of themselves. Added to this, Qi Gong-like approaches including breathing, focusing the mind on physical sensation, imagery, and physical movement all help to reconnect us.
Pain often narrows our focus and shuts down our energy system. Kathleen's approach, developed from her extensive background in the healing arts, connects us with a larger sense of ourselves and provides a safety net for the parts of ourselves that need and want to change. For various reasons, often we need and want change but are unsure or afraid of making these changes. Kathleen can help facilitate these shifts into health and wholeness in a gentle, caring way.
Some of the techniques Kathleen uses include:
- Shamanic Acupuncture
- Five Element Analysis
- Craniosacral Therapy
- Chinese Herbs
- Tui Na-Chinese Massage
- Shiatsu- Japanese Massage
- Gua Sha-friction skin technique
- Cupping-suction to open the tendinomuscular meridians
- Moxibustion-a warming herb to circulate energy
Kathleen works with the body, mind, psyche and spirit to ensure that you meet your goals for ever greater health. Licensed as an acupuncturist, massage therapist, and mental health counselor, Kathleen holds masters degrees in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Mental Health Counseling and has been practicing health care for many years. Kathleen holds certifications from the following national boards: Acupuncture (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) Diplomat), Chinese Herbs (NCCAOM Diplomat), Massage (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCTMB)), Mental Health Counseling (Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) from National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)). Her book, Steps to Wholeness: A Laypersons Guide to Emotions, will be available soon.
Regularity of treatment is important because you are building a skill set of learning to identify and modulate your energetic system. After a few sessions, you will know if this is a viable treatment modality for you because you’ll notice physical, mental and emotional changes and you’ll experience a greater sense of mastery. Kathleen is an out-of-network insurance provider meaning that you pay for the service at the time of the session. You may use a medical savings plan for payment since treatment is considered a medical expense. Kathleen provides you with a receipt you may submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
Acupuncture is not a replacement for Western Medical care. Acupuncture is an efficacious adjunctive treatment so getting a diagnosis and receiving treatment from your medical doctor can be very helpful alongside of acupuncture.
My training includes about 500 hours of continuing education psychotherapy training beyond my Masters level in Mental Health Counseling and about 1000 hours of body based training beyond my Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Some of my favorite approaches include:
- Five Element Acupuncture
- Jungian Psychotherapy
- Authentic Movement
- Quantum Touch (CQTP)
- Somatic Experiencing (SEP)
- Sound Healing
- Attachment Oriented Psychotherapy
- British Object Relations
Please contact me if I can be of assistance.
Kathleen Kenneally, LAc, LMP, LMHC