Month: October 2022

October 7, 2022
Trauma, Mental Health, Integrative Medicine, EEG Brain Mapping, Neurofeedback, Ketamine, Fort Collins, Wellness Retreats

Trauma is often an underlying cause of physical and mental health issues and may contribute to any one of the leading causes of death in the United States – especially suicide (Centers for Disease Control). It can affect each individual differently, and depending on how it is addressed and treated it can last for a short period or a lifetime.


Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape, or natural disaster. Immediately after the event, shock and denial are typical. Longer-term reactions include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships, and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea.

While these feelings are normal, some people have difficulty moving on with their lives. Psychologists can help them find constructive ways of managing their emotions.” (American Psychological Association)


Literally, the amount of emotional trauma you carry throughout your life stores itself in physical parts of your body manifesting in illness. The goal is to process your trauma in healthy ways that contribute to your overall wellness.


Wholeness Center provides you with the best mental health care possible to re-establish health and wholeness – especially after you or your child has experienced trauma. We have a number of modalities that can serve you as you process your experience. Here are some examples of the types of mental health offerings Wholeness provides:


Integrative Medicine – We combine the wisdom of naturopathic and conventional medicine to bring you an integrative approach to your mental health needs as you recover from trauma. Your initial visits with our team of doctors will help you understand how to make adjustments in your lifestyle – movement, nutrition, sleep, and stress management – for optimal recovery. You will also understand more fully if medication or other treatments might be helpful.

PROVIDERS: Dr. Mary Rondeau ND, Dr. Matthew Brennecke ND


EEG Brain Mapping – A Quantitative Electroencephalography or QEEG is a noninvasive painless way to measure the brain’s functional activity in the form of brainwave patterns. This can give you and your provider a better idea of how your brain works and more information on your personalized treatment plan.

PROVIDERS: Dr. Steven Rondeau ND, BCN-EEG


Neurofeedback – Neurofeedback, also called EEG biofeedback, neurotherapy, or neurobiofeedback is a form of biofeedback that utilizes sophisticated computer equipment to measure brainwave activity while teaching the person to control his or her own brain activity. This non-invasive and completely painless therapy has been shown to be effective for post-traumatic stress disorder over a series of sessions which are supervised here in our office by a BCIA-EEG certified doctor.

PROVIDERS: Dr. Steven Rondeau ND, BCN-EEG


Integrative Psychiatry – We evaluate the whole person/child: body-mind-spirit. We incorporate safe, effective treatments that most psychiatrists have not been trained in: nutrition, herbs, mind-body approaches, meditation, supplements, spirituality etc. As pioneers in this field, our psychiatrists use medications in a more cautious manner, trying to maximize benefit and safety. We are firm believers in family-centered care and a collaborative model that puts you at the center of all treatment decisions.

PROVIDERS: Kylie House MD, Scott Shannon MD, Dr. Joe Martindale, Shannon Darling PMHNP, Gail Dawson, Liz Connor


Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy – Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy may provide benefits for people suffering from trauma and PTSD. Ketamine facilitates a non-ordinary state of consciousness where subconscious material may surface to be processed. New perspectives on challenging or traumatic past experiences may be gained which can be worked with during integration therapy sessions. While some studies support the use of ketamine to reduce symptom severity of PTSD, more research is needed in this area. We recommend that clients seeking healing for trauma have done previous work in therapy to address their concerns and have learned some skills for regulating their nervous system. Integration is of utmost importance to process what comes up during KAP sessions and get the most benefits from this promising treatment approach.

PROVIDERS: Dr. Suzanne Blaising, Stephen Thomas MSW, ACC Jason Sienknecht LPC, CAC II, Steven Forstner, Alex Warren, Sean Lawlor LPCC  


Couples/ Dyadic Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy – Dyadic ketamine-assisted therapy is a new approach to healing and deepening relationship between two people. Whether it is a romantic partner, a parent, or a best friend, in this treatment two people embark on a journey together integrating ketamine and therapy to transform old patterns, reduce defensiveness, increase openness, improve communication, and cultivate deeper connection and understanding.

PROVIDERS: Dr. Suzanne Blaising, Stephen Thomas MSW, ACC Jason Sienknecht LPC, CAC II, Alex Warren


Nutrition – A healthy relationship with food is a crucial step to ensuring lifelong health. Food nourishes our bodies, mind, and soul and it is important to understand the relationship between how we feel and what we eat. Nutrition covers far more than what we put in our mouths. This encompasses everything from the essential vitamins and minerals to understanding that how we eat and when we eat affect our overall health status.

PROVIDERS: Dr. Mary Rondeau ND, Dr. Matthew Brennecke ND


Wellness Retreats – Removing yourself physically from a triggering environment can be a way to help yourself move through and beyond your trauma experience. Wholeness offers regular guided retreats with mental health add-ons to help restore your mind, body, and spirit.



Guided Imagery and Music – GIM is among an ever-growing number of more recently developed experiential methods of healing to help one integrate and transform. It is characterized by the use of specially sequenced classical music within a one-to-one session conducted by a facilitator who is formally trained in The Bonny Method of GIM.



Trauma is complex and usually requires the assistance of an experienced therapist to guide you through the process of recovery. Our entire team at Wholeness is dedicated to this goal with you, the individual, in mind.


Wholeness Center a variety of mental health tools to assist you. If you live in the Northern Colorado/ Ft. Collins area and would like to learn more about the innovative programs the Wholeness Center has to offer, please call 970-221-1106 or email

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