Introducing Body Based Therapy with Gretchen
Gretchen has both online (remote) availability as well as office availability in Colorado Springs on Mondays at 10 Boulder Crescent Suite 203-B. To speak directly with Gretchen call 720-263-2841. To learn more about Gretchen and her services visit her website.
Education and Credentials
Body based therapy works directly with the body and builds the relationship with the mind brain and body.
Many psychotherapists focus on the mind and Gretchen's expertise is in understanding the relationship with the mind brain and body such that she works directly with the body. The changes are lasting and you don't have to go through and relive past painful experiences by talking about them over and over again.
During the first session you're welcome to let Gretchen know your goals. She may ask a few questions as well as explain any treatment protocols as needed.
A typical session is an hour and includes, checking in, mindful body movements (sensorimotor therapy), and a variety of other protocols as indicated by individual need. Some of this work may include breath work, biofeedback, left to right brain balancing activities, proprioception work, vibration/sound work, and practicing resting. Note that the practicing resting can be in silent or guided and the length of time for resting is of your choosing. These approaches are all hands off and Gretchen will be doing the exercises with you.
We encourage you to schedule your first session and check it out for yourself. Here is Gretchen's scheduling calendar: https://calendly.com/gretchen-upsidelife.
The results other people have had are truly life changing. The best way to understand it is to experience it.
Gretchen has an extensive background in body work, teaching, and inspiring health and well-being. Her interest was sparked at age 5 when she began her gymnastic journey which lasted 23 years and included many state championship titles, junior Olympic competitions, as well as a full D.1 athletic scholarship to The University of Denver. Gretchen earned her B.A. in Psychology with en emphasis in Cognitive Neuroscience and was an Academic All-American, followed by earning her M.S. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology from Texas Woman's University, where she was the graduate assistant gymnastics coach for the storied 9 time national championship team. Under Gretchen's tutelage the team won a national title and she coached the co-champions on the floor exercise.
She continued her journey by becoming the youngest NCAA head gymnastics coach at the time, and from there started the newest gymnastics program in NCAA history - being named the first head coach in school history. Along the way, she received funding for a research grant, saved a college gymnastics program, was flown out to Las Vegas to audition for Le Reve, hiked Mt. Fuji in Japan, was a stunt double and stunt extra for a TV series on ABC, filmed a commercial for the Olympics, and lived in many places including Wisconsin, Utah, Colorado, Bermuda, Texas, Louisiana, Missouri, and back to Colorado. Her travels continued as she spent time in Rishikesh, India studying yoga in the "birthplace of yoga" and most recently traveling to Amsterdam, Netherlands to attend a training.
Her journey continues today as she introduces, teaches, and guides others in body based therapy throughout the country. With a holistic approach, Gretchen uses body based therapy to successfully guide others in improving their quality of life, well-being, and happiness. She is one of 67 people in the world to be a certified facilitator of Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga.