Integrative Wellness Therapy
Lorelei Woerner- Eisner, OTR/L, C-IAYT, RYT500, a registered and licensed Occupational Therapist, Certified Yoga Therapist and a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher has over 20 years of practice in working with infants to seniors from a whole-person perspective. Lorelei is a recognized international lecturer and author. She has spoken across the country on a wide variety of topics related to therapy from a holistic perspective. Throughout her career, she has been driven by a passion to research, discover and create the most highly effective therapy techniques and tools to support lasting change with her broad range of clients’ needs. She has worked in pediatrics/sensory integration, rehabilitation, psychiatrics, acute care, home health, and skilled nursing settings. Lorelei is certified in: the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test, Yoga Therapy, Yoga Ed sm (a school-based yoga program), Hippotherapy, and Myofascial Release. She and her specially trained therapy dog Toma, work in a variety of settings including her private practice, Integrative Wellness Therapy. Born and raised in the Los Angeles area, Lorelei received a B.A. in Occupational Therapy from USC in 1993, a B.A. in Communications from Pepperdine University in 1986 and her 2-year Yoga Therapy certificate from Loyola Marymount University in 2007.
Financial: Lorelei Woerner-Eisner is the owner of Integrative Wellness Therapy. She has an employment relationship with Therapy in Action and the University of California Los Angeles. She is a compensated lecturer for the Bureau of Education and Research. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Lorelei Woerner-Eisner is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
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- Explore challenges in executive function through integrative techniques and a whole person perspective.
- Explain the significance of brain development and the autonomic nervous system on executive functioning.
- Apply effective yoga poses that create alertness and those that calm and facilitate focus.
- Explore the mindfulness – meditation continuum and how to use these techniques to enhance executive functioning.
- Identify breath-related strategies that support self-regulation.
- Describe the gut-brain connection and how it can affect executive functioning.
- Explain the emotion-motivation-attention-memory connection and how to facilitate toward learning and recall.
- List strategies to develop healthy habits and self-discipline.
- Explore strategies to get around the “shut-down” effect that stress and anxiety play on EF.
- Describe 2 new techniques that diminish impulsive behaviors and facilitate delayed gratification.
- Describe a new perspective of therapeutic use of self and the environment to help promote healthy social connections.
- Identify strategies to help your client learn to take more ownership of their own well-being.
Principles of Executive Function
- Attention and sustained focus
- Engagement and initiation
- Optimization and monitoring
- Efficiency and sequencing
- Memory storage and retrieval
- Inquiry and analyzing
- Solution and organization
- Holarchical Model of EF
Levels of the Whole Person
- Physical – movement, posture and anatomy
- Breath and physiological systems
- Intellect – cognition, self-expression and sensory
- Personality – preferences, values and behaviors
- Emotional tone and the subjective
- Brain development & autonomic nervous system (ANS)
- Pruning and the use it or lose it principle
- Vagus nerve’s relation to physical and emotional effects
Effects of Stress on EF
- The effect on neural networks
- Cortisol and fight/flight effect on the brain
- The differences between fear and anxiety
- Getting to the basis of anger and frustration
The Gut Brain
- Enteric nervous system: the “second brain”
- Neurotransmitters in the gut that affect mood
- The ADHD-gut connection
- Enhance mood and memory through nutrition
- 3 developmental levels of regulation
- Swings effect on the Reticular Activating System
- Adjustments in sensory input to create balance
- Calm the sympathetic nervous system thru sensory input
Strategies to Develop Healthy Habits
- Using your mind to change your brain
- The power of thought and visualization
- Routines and steps to build habits
- Method of enhancing neurogenesis and neuroplasticity
Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation Principles
- Mind-body-breath connection
- Yoga poses for self-regulation
- Interoception to build deeper self-awareness
- The power of the pause
Breath and Regulation Techniques
- Using breath to affect arousal levels
- Increasing and decreasing heart rate and blood pressure
- Supports movement and posture
- Techniques for focus, delayed gratification and processing in the pause
Sensory Processing Strategies
- Using the sensory systems to promote self-regulation and calm the sympathetic nervous system
- A look at rhythmicity and touch as factors in enhancing EF
- Learning requirements for memory
- Emotion-motivation connection
- Intrinsic motivation to enhance processing
- The driving force of optimism and hope
- How multi-tasking is counter-productive
- Strategies that support focus and recall
Putting the pause on Impulsivity
- Marshmallows: the importance of learning to wait
- Anti-rush therapy to promote waiting
- Do-overs to teach healthy alternatives
Self-Generation and Self-Determination
- Promote delayed gratification, self-monitoring, task initiation, emotional control
- Supporting persistence to stick with dull and challenging activities
- Allowing time for processing, planning and self-correction
Strategies for Healthy Social Connections:
- Using the whole self as a therapeutic tool: emotion, modeling and positioning
- The power of relationship in therapeutic effectiveness
- Cuing and facilitation to promote participation, engagement and increased independence
- Teaching tolerance and other awareness
Treatment Strategies for Challenging Emotions
- Decreasing stress to facilitate EF
- Understanding fear, as the basis for many challenging emotions
- Using the teachable-moment “failures”
Counselors, Teachers/Educators, Marriage & Family Therapists, Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants, Psychologists, Social Workers, Speech-Language Pathologists, and other Mental Health Professionals.
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