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Michael Mayer, Ph.D.
What is Bodymind Health Coaching?
Due to the requests of people outside of the San Francisco Bay area, Bodymind Health Coaching has now expanded nationally and internationally by phone, email, ichat, or in-person. Drawing from bodymind healing traditions from the East and West I coach you to become your own healer.
Each of our bodily symptoms is a call to learn to read its language. The awareness of our primordial self is tested with each ache. Is our body saying that we have a serious problem that is there to teach us to let go of our self-healing arrogance and rely on the advice of a medical professional who can help us to deal with an early warning sign of cancer or liver disease. Or, on the other hand, are we giving away our power to the medical propaganda machine that benefits from convincing us that every ache is a call to go to the temple of Western medicine for relief?
"Qigong and Behavioral Medicine:
"An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain,"
Qi Journal of Western Health and Fitness Winter 1996
Certainly in the former case above we should go to a Western doctor. I am here to help you to the extent possible when, on the other hand, learning self-healing methods are useful and appropriate. I am also part of a multidisciplinary team of health care practitioners which includes Western doctors, acupuncturists, bodyworkers, chiropracters who I call on to give me and you well-rounded advice when needed.
Specialties and Areas of Focus for Bodymind Health Coaching:
- Anxiety Disorders/ Panic Attacks
- Back and Neck Problems
- Chronic Diseases
- Chronic Pain
- Musculo-skeletal Problems, Joint problems, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Preventative Bodymind Medicine
- Coaching and Case Consultation for Healers-Bodyworkers, Mental Health Professionals, etc.
* See Dr Mayer's book, Bodymind Healing Psychotherapy, for Chapters on each of the above conditions, available for download. This book for health professionals been released as a trade paperback called Energy Psychology: Self -Healing Methods for Bodymind Health (North Atlantic/Random House, 2010)
Methods of Bodymind Health Coaching:
The range of methods that I will use in Bodymind Health Coaching are based upon my assessment of your needs, and are mutually agreed upon. I draw from over 25 years of training and practice of various healing arts including hypnosis, Qigong and Acupressure.
- Self-healing Movements & Postures from Bodymind Healing Qigong
- Self-touch Methods from Acupressure
- Hypnotherapeutic and Guided Visualization Methods
Please see the store section of this website where you can purchase emailed chapters from Dr. Mayer's new book on anxiety, hypertension, depression, insomnia, chronic pain, etc.--only $5.95 each.
Your responsibility: Self-healing requires your active involvment and practice of the methods you learn in our coaching sessions. Your job is to tell me if anything in these methods feels uncomfortable to you. This open honest communication is important to reduce injury and respect your body's limits. The basic idea in Taoist healing is not to create excess stress or pain. If any practice I advise you to do goes beyond your limits back off a little and remember to breathe and relax.
What can you expect? Healing versus curing: With more severe conditions it is important to be aware of the difference between cure, the absence of symptoms, and healing, cultivating an attitude of working on and with your physical/psychological issue as a teacher. We will emphasize this healing awareness which emphasizes an attitude of "illness as a teacher" and your path as one of learning to be a "wounded healer." In the process you may learn to open your heart to your dis-ease.
After a session or during a session there may be times that you do not "feel better." It is important for you to listen to your body and ask yourself, or me, the meaning of this. Sometimes a session brings up material for you that needs to be processed on the level of mind or body. During this process, you may not "feel good" as you are transmuting an old pattern. Learn to read your body as to the meanings that are held there or ask me to help facilitate your process about this. At times you may need another health practitioner such as a chiropractor, Western Doctor, acupuncturist etc. Please feel free to get the assistance you need, and discuss this with me.
My Philosophy: Psychological issues and bodily disease are divina afflictios giving us opportunities for psycho-spiritual growth and finding the source of healing.
Disclamer: It should be clearly understood that I am not a medical doctor, nor am I practicing medicine. Bodymind Healing Qigong or other complimentary health treatments should not be viewed as a substitute for medical attention when needed. The treatment you will be exposed to in sessions is meant to compliment other forms of medical care and not be a substitute for it.
Clarity about potential dual relationship: I have been a practicing psychologist for many years. However, my Bodymind Health Coaching is separate from my psychotherapy practice. Though I may use some of my knowledge and background from being a psychologist, the self- healing work that we will do should be viewed a separate from psychotherapy. For example, while we are doing energy healing work, insurance cannot be billed under psychotherapy. If a desire or need to engage in psychotherapy arises, I will refer you to another therapist. If, in a rare circumstance, you desire to change the nature of our relationship to psychotherapy, I will recommend that you discuss this choice with another psychotherapist. If you then choose to do psychotherapy with me, we will negotiate a separate agreement to avoid any pitfalls, dual relationships or conflicts of interest. In this later case, we will not return to doing energy healing work.
One of the potential dangers of complimentary forms of treatment is that a consumer may forego diagnosis or treatment by a medical doctor. You are agreeing to be responsible for your own health care and make choices about the type of health care you need.
Fees: Payment is made before our sessions at Pay Pal at the rate of $175 per 50 minute hour or $90 for a 25 minute session. Or please ask about other payment options
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. requesting two possible preferred times. You will be contacted confirming one of those times or with a suggested alternative.
Half Hour Training Session: 25 minute session with Dr. Mayer.
: $ 90.00
One Hour: One 50 minute hour
Dr. Mayer's background: Michael Mayer, Ph.D., the originator of Bodymind Health Coaching, presents his integrative approach to bodymind healing at hospitals, universities, national/international conferences and workshops. The First World Symposium on Self-Healing gave him an award for outstanding research and contribution to the advancement of mind-body medicine. He was perhaps the first person in the country to train doctoral level psychology students in the integration of Qigong and Psychotherapy. Dr. Mayer co-founded and serves as part of a multidisciplinary medical team called The Health Medicine Center, which practices integrative healthcare. He has authored twenty publications ion bodymind healing, including various peer reviewed articles hypertension. Dr. Mayer's Bodymind Healing Qigong DVD synthesizes ten Qigong systems for a lifetime preventative medicine practice. He is a Fellow of the American Association for integrative Medicine
Below is our Coaching Agreement form:
for Bodymind Health Coachingtm
Michael Mayer, Ph.D.
I look forward to working with you. Please read the following information about my practice and feel free to ask me about any questions you may have.
The Coaching process
Instead of giving advice or making decisions for clients, coaches ask questions, provide information and give feedback to help clients make their own choices, develop skills and make progress toward their goals. Coaching isn't therapy, and while we it helps most people, it isn't always completely effective. Your input and follow through are essential to the efficacy of the process.
Appointments and Fees:
Individual sessions are $175 per fifty minute hour or $90 per 1/2 hour. If you need to cancel an appointment please call 48 hours in advance to avoid being charged for the appointment. Telephone coaching sessions can also be scheduled. Contact between sessions may be done through email at no charge, for a brief check in regarding completing agreed upon goals. Longer time spent responding to emails are prorated at the above rate and agreed upon in advance.
The information that you furnish me will remain confidential, unless you give me specific permission to release the information or if I am required by law to release it. Cases of suspected abuse or neglect of children or elderly must be reported to the local police or welfare department. In an emergency, information may be released to an appropriate party in accordance with acceptable professional practices.
Areas of Focus
I enjoy helping people to: actualize life goals, clarify vision, transform beliefs that block life's progress, practice self-healing methods, actualize your potential as an author expressing your vision in writing, and find creative solutions to life's obstacles.
Michael Mayer, Ph.D., Bodymind Healing Coach, 2029 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
Michael Mayer, Ph.D. Bodymind Healath Coach