If there is one thing we are proud of here at Lumos Transforms, it is our amazing, diverse staff. Our clinical staff brings a variety of certifications, trainings, and experience into their practices. Each facilitator has a unique set of skills and gifts that extend beyond The Resilience Toolkit.
We’d like to give you a more in-depth look at what some of our clinical staff is up to by featuring a series of Q&A blog posts showcasing some of their recent endeavors.
First up is Soleah Nicolis.
Q: Hi Soleah! Can you tell me a little bit about what you’ve been up to recently?
A: Sure! I’m currently receiving training in The Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM). This is a modality of healing developed by licensed psychologist, consultant, and international educator Lisa Schwarz. It was created for people dealing with severe dissociative disorders (Complex PTSD, DID, DDNOS), attachment disorders and gestational trauma, but can be helpful for a variety of psychiatric concerns.
Q: What inspired you to pursue training in CRM?
A: I was working with a client, using the therapeutic tremor to explore complex trauma when they began exhibiting dissociative symptoms. Several of the therapists I collaborate with are trained in CRM, so I was aware of it, but after this experience, I knew I wanted to include it in my repertoire of skills so that I could best serve my clients no matter what comes up in a session.
Q: So what exactly is CRM?
A: The goal of CRM is to bring mind, body, and spirit back into one. It involves multi-layered levels of resourcing that creates safety within the client’s mind and body. Using different breath patterns, connection to the natural world, toning, sacred geometry, and special eye positioning, I’m able to guide clients through a process that reconnects them to the truth of their lives and who we truly are. Often times, the true self gets lost, especially if one has experienced highly traumatic events over the course of their lives.
The Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM) is a neurobiologically based trauma treatment model which facilitates targeting of traumatic experiences by bridging the most primitive aspects of the person and their brain, to their purest, healthiest part of the self. This bridge catalyzes the mind and body to access all forms of emotional trauma and stress by utilizing layers of internal resources such as attachment neurobiology, breathwork skills, somatic resources, our connection to the natural world, toning and sacred geometry, and one’s relationship with self, our intuition, and higher consciousness.
A: The Resilience Toolkit is a good place to begin for most people. Once we start getting the nervous system regulated, and clients can connect to a feeling of safety, they may want to explore a deeper level of healing. CRM definitely offers that, especially for anyone with CPTSD. Private sessions can be very dynamic. Sometimes when people are able to access relaxation for the first time in years, new things come up to be healed. CRM allows me to be responsive and weave a wide selection of tools into client sessions.
Q: What do you like best about CRM?
A: I like that this is a body based modality that unifies and integrates mind, body, spirit. In so doing it brings us back to love – love of self, which is the most important love relationship we can ever have. It also deepens our love of family, community, and ultimately the world at large. As our capacity for love grows, so does our capacity for forgiveness of self and others.
Q: What’s next for you?
A: I’m planning to do the Advanced CRM Core Self training. This training focuses on helping people identify and remember who they really are.
Q: Have you used CRM with your clients yet?
A: Yes! I recently was working with someone dealing with a terrible amount of grief. By weaving in CRM, my client went from feeling like she would never make it through to feeling a bit of calmness and peace.