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Inspire and Empower Change with Adriana Balentine

August 27, 2019

Jess and Danny interview Adriana Balentine about her private practice, EMDR and addiction treatment.

Danny:
Hello and welcome everybody to the Sandstone Care Inspire, and Empower Change live broadcast. Today we are joined by Adriana Ballantine and Jess and I would like to welcome you today, Adriana.

Adriana:
Thanks so much. Thanks for having me.

Danny:
So we’re excited for you to be here today. We’re excited for you to be a part of the Sandstone Care, Inspire And Empower Change broadcast. There’s some exciting stuff coming up that we want to really talk about, but Jess, why don’t you ask her a little bit about, or why don’t you read off her bio and so everybody can get familiar about Adriana and how she fits in the field.

Jess:
Awesome. Adriana, thank you so, so much for being here and joining us this morning. So Adriana is a licensed clinical social worker, a level-two certified addiction counselor and trained in EMDR. Adriana has over a decade of experience and has worked in crisis settings such as hospitals, outpatient community, mental health, substance abuse treatment centers, as well as residential treatment centers. Adriana, you have a vast experience in mental health and you’re also the owner and founder of Strength In Motion Counseling Center in Boulder, Colorado. So why don’t you tell us a little bit about your practice?

Adriana:
Sure, glad to. Thanks again Jess and just an honor to be here and chat with you both. So Strength In Motion, what we call ourselves, is a holistic wellness center with a clinical focus. And what that means is that we have a clinical team who specializes in a number of different modalities, working with different symptomologies and working with different folks, different ages, et cetera. So I’ll dive into that in a moment. The other piece that we really combine is this movement piece. So the motion piece that’s really relevant and important to us. And the motion piece is really kind of somatically-oriented in this way where we believe that moving, whether it’s moving energies, moving physically in our body, whatever it may be, that that’s part of the healing journey. And so we have a little intimate movement space and in that space, we offer a number of different things.

Adriana:
And everything we do here is really about regulating the nervous system. So nothing is kind of fitness-oriented if you will, but it’s more about yes, moving our body, challenging ourselves, challenging our minds, but it’s also really accessible to everybody. No experience ever needed walking into our studio, and we have a number of different things. We have some more kind of dance movement therapy oriented practices. We have some yoga practices that are really, again about regulating and dropping in and grounding. We have a couple of days of Feldenkrais, which is really about rewiring patterns in the brain and providing the body with options, all sorts of different offerings in regards to movement. And one of the things as part of our center when people are engaged in whatever you know they’ve come here for is that we’re really hoping that they’re also engaged in movement because we really believe in that piece. As well as taking folks out for hikes and walk and talk and some of our clinicians will even take folks to the climbing gym. We’re really creative in the way that we work with folks.

Adriana:
We also have acupuncture at our center and we also do energy work. So we have a slew of different holistic offerings. And if it’s something that we don’t have here, we have a number of different community partners that are really minded that we work well with that we work in collaboration and they’re kind of constantly in a team with. So I can dive a little into the clinical work if that’s helpful?

Jess:
Yeah, we’d love to hear about, because you also host DBT groups as well, right?

Adriana:
We do.

Jess:
Love to hear about that.

Adriana:
Yeah, so we offer clinical work for individuals, for couples, for families and for groups. So we’re kind of a one-stop shop for the most part, clinically. We’ve one person who will work with littles in a family setting, but other than that, we pretty much start at tweens on up. And so most all of us will see tweens, teens, young adults, and adults. And the way that we work with folks is really, we all kind of have our little niche and specialty, but I would say that the piece that overlaps us is really mindful-based approaches to treatment. So whatever that looks like. Some folks who are working with wilderness therapy, again some somatically-oriented, dance movement therapy. We’re working with trauma a lot of the time and kind of different co-occurring whether it be substance-related, trauma-related, whatever the mental health presentation is. Oftentimes we’re working with kind of a multiple system approach, sort of, a couple of us do EMDR.

Adriana:
There’re really a slew of ways in which we can meet the client where they’re at, which is wonderful because when we’re listening and just getting a sense of folk’s stories as they’re coming in the door, we can really think in terms of who is best able to serve and support this person and what modality might really speak to this person and the best way. And then we do, like you mentioned, offer two DBT groups right now, both for teens and for young adults. And so those are just thriving groups and something that I really continue to believe in and just groups that have shown tremendous success. I co-facilitate that with Dr. Lacy Taylor and she and I had been running those groups for a couple of years.

Adriana:
Just a really fantastic supportive group and information on our website about the next opening. Typically, those groups, the way that they run they’re closed until they’re open. So what that means is that we will go through a module and then if there’s space, typically somebody graduating when somebody new is coming in. So there’s something really sweet about a little bit of a mentorship when folks are coming in and this relationship with somebody who has been in the group and really shifted and changed a lot of their behaviors and just way of being in the world. And then somebody coming in kind of brand new, really curious about what’s available to them and just this really beautiful dynamic of people kind of growing in different phases of development. So again, coming back up in the 14th and then also we will take a summer break. We typically do that. Summer schedules are just crazy and we don’t like for people to miss a lot of content so we have a group for the next two months. We’ll take a little pause and then we’ll get going again in the fall.

Danny:
Love it. I’m going to show off your DBT groups right now while we’re chatting. So we are sure we are on your webpage right now. So you have a one coming up on May 14th for DBT for young adults and then another coming up again on May 14th but it’s also for DBT skills groups for teens.

Adriana:
You got it.

Danny:
Those are two great ones and you are going to post the links to these to get to these in the bottom right?

Adriana:
I will indeed.

Danny:
I love that so much.

Jess:
Adrian, are you also doing parent groups as well? At one time we know that you guys had a parent group going.

Adriana:
Absolutely. So right now again we’re just taking a little pause, but what we do, which has just been wonderful, is offered what we call the Authentic Parenting Monthly Workshop and what those are, are there’re different tasters of being able to sit with some of our different therapists in whatever their modality is. So we’ve done different things around authentic parenting and from a somatic approach, and how do parents really dive in and support their own systems and balance in their lives. We’ve done mindful-based approaches. We’ve done kind of a slew of different topics and an opportunity for parents because we know life is really busy to come together to connect, to learn, to heal, but do not feel they have to be committed to this know, several months’ commitment that they can drop in or they can come once a month and we’ll have that back online as soon as we have our next upcoming schedule. But we typically schedule about four or five months at a time. So we’ll have all those topics coming up and that’s

Jess:
And that’s in your newsletter monthly?

Adriana:
Correct.

Jess:
So if folks want to learn more and stay on top of all the things that are going on at Strength in Motion and how can they sign up for your newsletter?

Adriana:
The best way to do so is to jump on our website, simcounseling.com, which again I’ll add in the comment section so folks can see that. And at the very bottom of our website, it says, “Want to learn more?” Or something along those lines. And so right there people can put in their email address and that they can be added and stay informed. And our newsletter is just full. So it would be great. We have different clinical trainings each month, which we partner with Whole Connection. Those are in there as well. There is just always something new happening. This month we have a movement sampler where people can come in. It’s a free day. It’s the 28th, it’s a Sunday, the 20th of April and it’s 11 to one. And basically, it’s 15 minutes of each of our classes, and I’ll give a little introduction to who we are. We’ll have snacks and goodies and fun little gifts from our community partners and all sorts of things like that on our E-news, so definitely worth signing up.

Danny:
Very cool. Awesome. Well, thanks for sharing a lot about Strength in Motion counseling. That’s really cool. I feel you’ve really answered this question, but I’m going to ask you to dive a little deeper, but how do you feel that you uniquely serve your clients? I mean, I’ve heard you have a lot of different modalities, a lot of different specialties inside your practice, which is amazing, but what are some other ways you think you really uniquely serve your clientele?

Adriana:
Yeah. What we aim to do is be this one-stop shop for families to really feel nurtured and supported in whatever capacity they want to engage. So what I love about that is let’s say a family doesn’t necessarily want to, or they’re not in a stage where they want to do family therapy, but maybe kiddo comes and engages in therapy and one of the parents is able to come and do some really regulatory practice, whether it’s coming in for a movement class or they’re coming in to get acupuncture, whatever it is, and then they both leave feeling regulated and able to connect. So what feels really cool is just the fact that people are able to find a space here. One, to belong and two, to feel safe. And so once they’re engaging at all practice here, then they can slowly kind of start to integrate into other things.

Adriana:
Maybe they’d be intimidated to pop into a yoga studio out in the community, but if they’re already connected here and just really feeling that sense of safety, then they’re a little bit more likely to say, “Okay, maybe I’ll join community here.” And community is a huge piece of what we’re looking to create.

Danny:
Very cool. Very cool. So you’ve got a training coming up, right? Jess, why don’t you talk about that?

Jess:
So, tomorrow we’ve got self-nurturance and self-care for healthcare professionals. Networking and registrations from 8:30 to 9:00 AM at Sandstone Care. And then we’ll have a presentation from nine to 11. Two CEUs, our continuing education credits will be offered but we’re so, so excited about that. It’s going to be a full house. If you haven’t already registered then we will be in the comments below for you to registered for this event.

Danny:
I’m showing it off right now as you’re talking to Jess online.

Jess:
Awesome. Thank you. Yeah. So yeah, tell us, give the audience a little bit of a sneak peek on what that’s going to be like.

Adriana:
Yeah, I’d love to. So what we’re going to talk about, we’re going to kind of dive into this conversation around self-nurturance and self-care because I know that it’s a conversation that many of us continue to have over time. It’s not necessarily new news, right? That this is an important component in the work that we do, not just as clinicians, but whoever we are in the world, right? This idea of taking care and navigating and managing stress is really important. And what I really want to talk about, and we’ll do this in a really … My trainings are really kind of, no matter how many people are there, they feel intimate and kind of in a workshop-type setting. And we’ll get to dive into conversations together. And what I really like to bring to light to people is that self-care isn’t just a practice to sustain, right?

Adriana:
We’re not just at the end of the day taking a few deep breaths or going to our yoga class, although both are beautiful practices, but it’s actually something kind of one layer below that which is, is self-care actually connected to our passion and purpose? What is it that we’re doing so that we’re feeling joy in our lives, so that we’re feeling connected? So we feel like we’re of service in the way that we want to be. And so we’ll have an opportunity to dive into conversations to evaluate what we are and are doing currently and to really have some experiential opportunities to just play with becoming curious with our own systems and our own ways of really nurturing ourselves the best that we know how. I say it’s an evolving practice because we are constantly evolving and changing and it’s relevant and it’s important to do so. So the things that we did to take care of ourselves five or 10 years ago may no longer fit. And so we’ll have conversations around what does and offer some suggestions and ideas and just kind of collectively dive in.

Jess:
Well, we are so excited. Just totally thrilled to have you tomorrow at our location, Sandstone Care.

Adriana:
Thank you.

Jess:
We’re at 2100 South Cherry Street at around [inaudible 00:13:46] and Evans. So we’ll see tomorrow morning, hopefully, everyone at around 8:30 in the morning. Just super, super excited for this and thank you again for joining us today.

Adriana:
Oh, thank you.

Jess:
And [inaudible 00:13:58] sharing with us about your practice and just thrilled to have you.

Adriana:
Well, thank you again, really looking forward to tomorrow and great to be with you both.

Danny:
All right, well thanks everybody again, the link to the training tomorrow we’ll be in the comments, so expect that. Also, to find more about Adriana, I’m putting the website up now, simcounseling.com. Go out, sign up for the workshops. The workshops will also be loaded in the comments in the bottom, so look forward to seeing everybody tomorrow. If you have any questions, you can reach out to Jess and she can answer those for you, so have a good rest of your day. Thanks again, Adriana.

Adriana:
Thank you.

Danny:
All right. Bye now.

Adriana:
Pleasure.

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