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About Us

 

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Welcome to our Practice:

Synapse Counseling is a small center with hand-picked, competent, and caring clinicians dedicated to provide state-of-the art services to teens, adolescents, young adults, adults, couples and families.

Synapse was a result of a long journey for me. As a teenager, I struggled with a severe eating disorder that occupied 8 years of my life. My greatest love and passion was to become a prima ballerina, and while I did dance professionally my eating disorder took away what I loved most, ballet.  I was already tending severe stress fractures to both of my tibias, but I continued to dance as this is what was expected and I was fearful of losing my place in the company and my scholarship, so I kept pushing. 

While rehearsing a piece I was asked to lift another dancer that was about 20 lbs heavier. At that time in my life, engulfed by my eating disorder, and my desire to please others, I failed to speak up and say what my intuition was telling me would not be a good idea. So I just did what I was asked, and in that fleeting moment, my entire life as I knew it vanished. I broke my back and I collapsed.  Everything I ever wanted and everything that I had worked for, all of the countless hours, weeks, months, and years of sweat, blood and tears, all down the drain. I realized that either I had to get busy dying or busy living, and find another reason to live. So I bowed to recover completely, regain my health, and figure out how to help others struggling so they can re-connect to their authentic selves, re-ignite their passions and go on to live joyful and purposeful lives.

Though I never believed I would be capable of establishing an Eating Disorder Treatment and Wellness Center, life has slowly provided the opportunities to make this a reality. Little by little, each of the staff members at Synapse have been drawn by our mission and purpose and we have created this incredible team, who is passionate and committed about not just helping individuals heal, but also about empowering you to own your story, embrace your uniqueness, connect to your true selves, find your voice and become empowered and purposeful agent in your life! We are committed to creating a transformative experience and not merely treatment.

We believe that wellness is not just the absence of disease but rather the integration of body, mind and spirit in a a peaceful and synergistic union. We are committed to providing the best care for our clients from an integrative and holistic perspective, which means that we make every effort to collaborate with other professionals so that you can have a TEAM caring for your health and wellness.

Our clinicians employ a holistic mix of treatments and interventions, tailored and suited to each client and their particular need. We provide comprehensive treatment for eating disorders, emotional eating, Body image, ADHD, anxiety, and life transitions among other things. We are also committed to providing an individualized and caring approach where you can feel understood and “held” to take the risks you need to take.

However, achieving health and wellness is not all that we are after: we believe that when we are healthy and happy, we can ultimately achieve peak performance and excellence in whatever our line of work may be.

We specialize in working with elite and collegiate athletes, as well as performing artists, and high performing professionals in all areas. If you are seeking to not just to heal yourself, but also to grow and ultimately to thrive as a human being then this is the place for you.

Why Synapse Counseling?
A synapse is a structure that permits a neuron (or nerve cell) to pass an electrical or chemical signal to another cell.

They are essential to neuronal function, as synapses are the means by which specialized signals (neurotransmitters) are passed from one cell to another. It is widely accepted that synapses play a role in memory and learning.

When neurotransmitters activate the connection between two neurons via the synaptic cleft, this connection is strengthend when both neurons are active at the same time. The strength of two connected neural pathways is thought to result in the storage of information and enhancement of memory and new learning.

This process of synaptic strengthening is known as long-term potentiation, and neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is the idea that our brain can change and re-organize itself.

By learning new coping strategies, applying new learning, and continually practicing new patterns of behavior, we are able to re-shape our brains, through the long-term potentiation of our synapses.

Our name is derived from this process, because we believe that long-term change is possible, through continued effort, practice and reinforcement of the thoughts, feelings and behaviors that you want to recreate in your life.

Our Commitment to You is Reflected in our Commitment to Learning

When you join our practice you will get a sense that you have entered a ‘family’ that will collaborate with you and other professionals and will take care of you in truly achieving wellness, meaning, purpose and excellence. In order to do this, we must continually learn and be refreshed about how to best serve you.

Here is a sampling of the latest trainings our staff has attendend:

  • Freedom from Diets and Emotional Eating
  • Integrative Mental Health Approaches
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Conquering Anxiety and Related disorders
  • Parenting for the New Millenium
  • What Neuroscience can Teach us about Feelings and Behaviors
  • Developing Therapeutic Wisdom
  • DSM V- New perspectives
  • Integrative Approaches to Treating ADHD
  • Working Effectively with LGBT Individuals and Couples
  • Integrative Treatment of Rheumatology
  • New Approaches for treating Eating Disorders
  • Achieving Excellence on the Court and the Classroom
  • Integrating Mindfulness and Meditation in the Therapy Room
  • Yoga Approaches for Therapy
  • Effective Approaches to Working with Couples
  • Dealing with Difficult and Complex Clients
  • ACT for Eating Disorder Patients
  • Medical Complications of Eating Disorders
  • Spirituality in the Consulting and Therapy Room
  • Ethical Issues in the Practice of Sport Psychology Approaches