Paigeswanson.com is a philosophy, art and spirituality blog focused on fostering critical self-awareness and mindfulness for its audience members. I share discourse on civil issues, psychological techniques for treatment, philosophy and art.
I am a psychotherapist-in-training, who writes about topics in psychopathology, theory, and technique for treatment options in mental health. I use a variety of different methods to help individuals cope with long-term mental illness, trauma & anxiety. Personally, I approach healing as a creative art form and a scientific practice. I use both scientifically proven methods and creative arts to help individuals process, regulate and stabilize emotional dysregulations. I am hoping to specialize in phobias, anxiety-related disorders, trauma, depression, women’s issues, and executive coaching.
My research aspirations are targeted at developing new treatment options that incorporate neuro-affective research, movement, healing arts and trauma.
Northwestern University M.A. – Center of Applied Psychological and Family Studies
Texas State University – B.S. – Journalism and Mass Communications
Southern Methodist University – Research Assistant in the Anxiety & Depression Lab
University of Denver – AUTOMATICITY, AFFECT, CONTROL & THOUGHT LAB
Gained experience in Corporate America helping start-ups and Fortune 500 companies.
Companies: AT&T, Service Master, and MotiveAI political media start-up.
Business Coach for BetterUp – clients American Heart Association, Esalen Institute and AirBnB
Clinical Practicum South Platte Psychotherapy
Medical Detox and Rehabilitation Unit Mental Health Partners
Dance Movement Therapy
It doesn’t matter how you move – the point is that you’re moving and creating new experiences for your emotional brain to process trauma and anxiety. In order for individuals to fully process their experiences in a healthy manner, we must learn to integrate both implicit memories (sensory experiences, i.e., sounds, touch, taste, smell) and explicit memory (visual images and stored long-term memories of the trauma). In order to do this, neuroplasticity is a large factor in creating new memory networks. Dancing is a creative art form that allows us to experience trauma in a healthy way while restabilizing a core sense of self and reframing our experiences – shifting implicit (stuck trauma memories) into explicit (processed, tolerant memories).
It Doesn’t Matter How You Move
For more questions on dance movement therapy, I will be able to administer treatment in two years time.