Kayle Elliott – Mental Health Counselor
M.A- Clinical Mental Health Counseling from University of Colorado Denver
Reiki Level I
Hello! My name is Kayle Elliott. I received my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Colorado Denver and am a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate (LPCC).
I am passionate about working with individuals who feel stunted by the lingering impact of trauma, PTSD, substance abuse, and early childhood relational wounding. My experience includes working with children, adolescents, adults, and groups in both outpatient and inpatient settings.
In my work with clients, I utilize a mindfulness lens and combine evidence-based practices like Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with somatic-based modalities. I am a strong believer in your innate capacity to heal and find a more embodied way of living. In our work together, we might also use practices like breath-work, yoga, or Floatation Therapy to help you reconnect to your internal wisdom.
All of us have acquired habits of mind, body, and thought as a means of seeking safety and connection throughout times of stress, chaos, or trauma in our lives. My intention is to help you shift any unwanted habits or patterns as we mutually explore alternative ways for you to manage your mind, regulate your nervous system, and attend to your body with self-love and acceptance.
Therapy isn’t about ‘fixing’ oneself; rather, it is a journey from insight to integration, a reclamation of everything you have lost along the way, a practice of gentleness, and a return to wholeness. It would be a privilege for me to witness and be inspired by your journey. All you need to begin is curiosity toward your experience and the willingness to show up for yourself. On my part, I promise to meet you where you are, show up authentically, and to exude a grounded and non-judgmental presence during our time together.
Inclusivity is key to my practice. Please contact me with any questions or you may set up an appointment by visiting my contact page. I look forward to hearing from you.
What is Floatation Therapy?
More needs to happen beyond healing one’s psychology. Thinking cannot heal trauma. As in nature, everything works in an intricately balanced partnership. In addition to talk therapy, I believe it is important to incorporate somatic (body based) practices in the therapeutic process. One of these somatic practices is Floatation Therapy. Floatation Therapy is essentially a way of achieving deep relaxation by spending an hour or more lying quietly in darkness, floating effortlessly in a warm solution of Epsom salt that is more dense than the Dead Sea. Before plunging into a full fledged exploration of trauma itself, floating in a sensory-deprivation tank (with the guidance of a trained professional) can help you build up internal resources and develop increased interoceptive awareness that will allow you to safely access any sensations or emotions that were overwhelming at the time of your distress or trauma.
In 2018, I helped pilot the very first National Institute of Health study on the mental and physical benefits of Float Therapy. The data we found suggests that floating may help bolster self-regulation and the reduction of anxiety and distress. Through sustained attentional focus on present moment body sensations, the float environment is conducive for learning the core skills of mindfulness that are necessary for processing trauma. Floating was the catalyst for my own personal healing and is a tool that allowed me to begin exploring uncharted territory and listening to my body talk in a safe and serene environment. Floating allowed me to access positive inner feelings of safety, strength, vulnerability, and comfort; which eventually provided me with the courage I needed to begin a journey toward unimaginable growth and transformation.
For more information about the medical use of clinical floatation therapy including research, science, neuroscience, brain, evidence, treatment, publications, presentations and news addressing clinical conditions (e.g. anxiety, depression, PTSD, pain, fibromyalgia, hypertension, high blood pressure, headaches, stress, sleep, insomnia), please visit www.clinicalfloatation.com. Groundbreaking research on the effects on the brain while floating is still currently being done at Tulsa’s Laureate Institute for Brain Research.
“You end up loving your edges because they point your way to freedom” – Michael Singer