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Alexis McKenna

USA 
Credential:PhD
Training Level:F
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Phone:  541-897-0710
Address:  P.O. Box 117
Location:  Talent Oregon 97540
Biography:
I am licensed as an LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist) in both Oregon and California. I also work as a coach -- usually on the telephone -- but I am set up with a video conferencing system that is HIPPA compliant. This means I can do what is offer called telehealth sessions for clients in both Oregon and California. I work with two forms of music and imagery: Focused Music Imagery (FMI) and Guided Imagery and Music (GIM).. FMI can be done in a clinical hour; sessions run 60 minutes. GIM can only be done in my private practice; sessions run 2 hours. In each type of session, clients use art materials to memorialize their experiences. Sessions end with a discussion of the total experience and how it relates to the focus the client brought to that particular session. I also teach at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI); it is affiliated with Southern Oregon University. At the moment, I am teaching two classes: (1) Music and Imagery: Pathways to the Self; and (2) Opening the 8 Gates of Wisdom. In the first class, I teach students some basic meditation and focusing techniques. To those skills, I add in instruction in guided imagery as a talk-over; each talk-over contains a window of silence in which the participant can explore the music and the inner imagery more deeply. Each imagery experience is followed with an opportunity to work with art materials that memorialize the experience . Sharing and discussion closes each class session. The second class, Opening the 8 Gates of Wisdom is based on Angeles Arrien's book: The Second Half of Life: Opening the 8 Gates of Wisdom. Arrien states that there are 8 gates or passages that each of us must pass through as we become elders. This is an advanced 9-week class. Participants in this class must have taken the Music and Imagery class; and/or be experienced with guided imagery from other trainings. Each class uses a guided imagery talk-over with window of silence that allows participants to deepen their personal experience of the particular gate that is the focus for that week. Each guided imagery talk over is followed by an opportunity for participants to memorialize their experience with art materials and sharing. The 9th class is for review.. Here participants review their journeys and images as a way to discover what aspects of the total experience were most personally meaningful to them. I also offer a free 2-hour in service training for those of my fellow LMFTs, LCSWs, and LPCs, who want to learn more about music and imagery and how it can be used adjunctively with verbal therapy.

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