The brain and body connection has been recognized in the medical and psychological fields for years. Each year more empirical evidence is discovered to support the relationship between physical and psychological symptoms and diagnoses. Within this developing research, psychological interventions have shown to be beneficial in improving medical and physical outcomes. Psychological interventions can compliment and improve physical treatment options.
In recognition of the brain and body connection, Jennifer Worth, LCSW, LSCSW moved her clinical private practice into the Foundational Concepts Specialty Physical Therapy Clinic in Kansas City, Missouri in August 2016. In September 2018, Worth It expanded into the Foundational Concepts Specialty Physical Therapy Clinic in Overland Park, KS. By working closely with the Foundational Concepts Specialty Physical Therapists, Jennifer and her team learned how to collaborate with other medical providers in order to provide a comprehensive treatment approach.
Observing continued growth and the need for closer collaboration between therapists, Worth It opened up its own clinic location in the West Plaza in May 2022. In addition to offering greater collaboration and communication, this move created a new opportunity to work with other, like-minded practitioners in Kansas City who are committed to working with the brain and body approach.
In addition to individual services, Worth It is proud to offer therapeutic groups including psychoeducational groups based on Brené Brown's research on Shame and Gut Directed Hypnosis for Gastrointestinal Disorders. Check the "Groups" tab for more info on all of our great offerings!
Modalities used with clients include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) techniques, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) and Client Centered Therapy. While using these treatment protocols, education and guidance about mindfulness, grounding, internal psychological resources, and breathing exercises are provided by therapists. In addition, psychoeducation about the nervous system and the brain and body connection from a psychological perspective is provided. Symptoms addressed in mental health therapy include, but are not limited to, anxiety, abuse, relationship difficulties, family discord, trauma, depression, chronic pain, guilt, shame, sadness, stress, grief, and loss. These symptoms can sometimes trigger the body to move into a Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) response. The Arousal Model represents what occurs when we experience a perceived threat (i.e. Physical, Emotional, Mental). The SNS is responsible for the “fight or flight” response which can tighten our bodies and make us feel on guard. The goal is to be in the Window of Tolerance so as to operate in an emotionally regulated calm, cool, collected, and connected state. Therapists guide clients through many exercises of mindfulness, grounding, breathing, and positive awareness so that clients can learn to operate more frequently within the Window of Tolerance.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidence-based psychotherapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In addition, successful outcomes are well-documented in the literature for EMDR treatment of other psychiatric disorders, mental health problems, and somatic symptoms. Shame and social disconnection can be additional symptoms that may cause a decrease in functioning.
The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is a practical application of Polyvagal Theory developed by world- renowned researcher, Dr. Stephen Porges. Polyvagal Theory focuses on what is happening in the body and the nervous system, and explains how our sense of safety, danger or life-threat can impact our behavior. Polyvagal Theory gives us a scientific framework that can be applied through physiological, or “bottom-up” therapies, to help change and improve how we feel, think and connect with others.