"I love to create experiences for people to connect with their authentic Self. I love to be in and create community. I delight in connecting with people and connecting people with each other for their mutual growth and success. I am passionate about sharing my love of the wilderness and of silence in the Mindfulness Retreats I facilitate. More recently it has been my privilege to co-lead journeys to South America to work with Shamans and indigenous medicine people to learn from them and to share those healing practices with the people who join me. I like thinking outside the box and am excited about helping people and organizations create new programs and services."
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Over the decades I have come to learn and honor the wisdom of both Ancient practices like Shamanism, Mindfulness Practice, Reiki as well as cutting edge models (Internal Family Systems, EMDR, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Comprehensive Resource Model) of working with people to become aware of and befriend those. parts that prevent them from being their authentic Self. That is the journey that I offer as we embark into the work of psychotherapy.
I have been a psychotherapist in Private Practice since 1980 and was Staff Counselor at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies for 18 years. In the early 80's I developed programs for rape survivors (created the first Rape Crisis Center in Westchester NY), programs for HIV+ and AIDS victims and their families, a program for teenage mothers to combine parenting skills and GED and a program connecting community center programs with local high school students for community service experiences.
In the last 15 years or so I have also worked with people seeking asylum into the United States. In that capacity I have conducted interviews, written psychological affidavits and occasionally testified in court.
Presently a Director at Aldea Counseling Services, I have sat on the Executive Committee of the Trauma Studies Program of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, facilitated their Process group and supervise candidates. I was President of the Internal Family Systems Association, and sat on the board of the Association for Spirituality & Psychotherapy and the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Abuse.
Since 1980, I have developed an expertise in the treatment of Trauma and have written a book on the topic:
Healing from Post Traumatic Stress: A workbook for Recovery McGrawHill, provides valuable exercises and concrete information for clinicians as well as for sufferers of PTSD and their significant others. For more information, click here.
Meditations & Ceremonies for Healing provides simple meditation techniques and easy to do ceremonies for insight and healing .www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_6?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=lang%2C+monique&sprefix=lang%2C+%2Caps%2C168&crid=16AM0RN8S5952
Originally trained in psychoanalysis and Gestalt, I am certified in Internal Family Systems, and am proficient in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Comprehensive Resource Model and Past Life Regression. I am certified in both Reiki and Shamanic practices and ceremonies. In addition I have been a student of Meditation for over 20 years..
Although I recently moved from New York City to Syracuse (upstate NY), I was born in France, grew up in Central America and have lived in many different states and countries. Moving around was difficult at the time, however it allowed me to experience different cultures, ethnic backgrounds and spiritual orientations. This understanding is helpful in my work with my clients as it enables me to understand and put into context each person’s particular background and way of viewing the world.
Prior to becoming a psychotherapist I was an editor and a security analyst for a financial institution, a translator, an office manager for a community action group and program director in a community center where I developed several programs. These varied experiences have given me a wider lens to understand and connect with my clients.
In addition to providing psychotherapy to individuals and couples, I co- leading trips to South America to connect with and learn from Indigenous healers and wise elders, run a variety of workshops, teach clinicians how to use a multi-modal approach in their practices and help individuals and organizations in program visioning and development.
I have taught in several universities and conducted workshops and trainings at conferences, in agencies and in organizations such as the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, and the New York Open Center as well as privately. see events page for upcoming offerings.
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