Pendley & Associates
1277 N 15th St, Laramie, WY 82072

Physical Wellness and Renewal in Laramie, WY

  • Addictions
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
  • Medically Related Counseling
  • Pain Management
  • Sports Technology
  • Trauma Recovery
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Many people suffer from obsessive and compulsive thoughts and behaviors that interfere with their daily life functioning. If these obsessions or compulsions get severe enough some people are unable to maintain healthy personal relationships or are unable to focus on their work or other life responsibilities.

Therapy can help change these patterns. If one is able to determine the cause of the underlying anxiety, then thoughts and behaviors can be intervened upon and changed to make for a more satisfying life.
If you are dealing with interfering thoughts or actions that you don't seem to be able to stop (i.e. eating, smoking, being perfect, yelling at others, over spending, hording objects, constantly worrying), you may benefit from doing deeper work about the underlying issues that drive a person to comforting thoughts or behaviors that at first feel better but then get in the way of a satisfying and fulfilled life.

Discovering underlying life patterns or anxieties that drive your thoughts and behaviors may be the beginning of a road to recovering your powerful and successful self. Please let us know how we can help.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) a therapy technique that can assist a person in taking the power away from a disturbing memory. It is used mainly in treating post traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) but can also play a role in reducing the effects of chronic pain and illnesses, performance enhancement, grief and loss issues, and in the development of positive internal resources (coping skills for daily living).

Medical Counseling and Supportive Services

This practice aims to care for our human side during a time of illness or loss. It is an honor, no matter what the outcome, to be able to stand with people, see them grow and regain a sense of hope. Our goal is to offer all of the support needed to assist you or your family through the experience of living with a cancer or any medical diagnosis. When a family is touched by illness everyone feels its effects in their own way. Support services are designed to meet the needs of caregivers, patients, family members (including children) and friends. Andi Berry, a trained medical and counselor can assist individuals, couples and families and offers special support workshops on many issues including coping with grief and caregiver stress.

Individual Counseling Can Help You:

Cope with the emotional side of cancer, heart disease, respiratory illness, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis and other chronic ... Read more

Couples Counseling Can Help Couples To:

Strengthen a relationship at a stressful time, address the changes in relationships, cope with sexual and reproductive side ... Read more

Family Counseling is a Positive Way to:

Help families face a new diagnosis together, learn how to speak with children about illness in a developmentally appropriate ... Read more

Workshops Offered on an Occasional Basis:

Creative and expressive Workshops for patients, family members and friends.
Caregiver support workshops.
Coping with Grief workshops.
All services may be billed to insurance, Medicaid and Medicare or paid by the individual; these will be billed by Pendley and Associates.

Pain Management

Some persons are able to ease (and sometimes end) chronic pain by practicing self hypnosis and meditative procedures.
One method has been presented by Dr. Norma Shealy, MD, PHD, in his book, The Pain Game.
The participant reads mentally a series of phrases that are designed to relax the body and to focus the mind.
When the body is deeply relaxed, the mind can be trained to help the body alter sensations and develop new perceptions of the Body/Mind connection…

Sport Psychology

Most athletes claim that they do better when they feel “centered”, “balanced” or “in the zone”, etc.

The task is to maintain the Body/Mind connection without fearing the outcome.

Self hypnosis procedures can be helpful to the athlete so that she or he can mentally rehearse the moves and results while the body is relaxed.

Then the benefits of the mental rehearsal can be applied in the “alert trance state” where the athlete is alert, moving, and guided by the inner training and practice.

R. Leo Sprinkle (retired), PhD is a Senior Olympic Athlete himself, as well as a licensed psychologist. He has studied the performance of athletes for decades as well as having studied and researched successful outcome procedures that work for athletes.

Traumatic Incident Reduction

TIR is a rapid (compared to traditional therapy) method of effectively reducing traumatic stress from emotionally and/or physically painful events in the past. It involves re-experiencing past traumas in a completely safe environment, free of distractions, judgments or interpretations.

When something happens that is physically or emotionally painful, one has the option of either confronting it fully and feeling the pain or trying in some way to block it. If fully “embraced” the experience becomes a past experience with no left-over “unfinished business.” In the second case, the action of blocking the experience represses the feelings and produces a reservoir of “unfinished feelings, thoughts and/or decisions”. Such repression can continue to exert negative effects on a person's life because it carries an “emotional charge”.

This “blocking” activity is a self-protective impulse. It works to a certain degree, but flash backs or occasional awarenesses of the repressed incident tend to dull a persons ability to stay in the present and be alert and engaged with life in the “now”.

TIR provides a safe space where a person can fully examine what has been blocked and release the emotional charge. People become “un-stuck” from the incident of the past.

People who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder, sexual abuse, rape survivors, and natural disaster survivors have been found to benefit from “TIR” work.

Even in a “normal” life people can be triggered into momentary reliving of past traumas of varying degrees of severity: a car accident, the loss of a loved one, a medical procedure, the loss of a job or receiving a frightening diagnosis. Using this method of stress/trauma release can be used by everyone dealing with stressful events in their otherwise normal life. TIR strategies are often included in a Life Stress Reduction Program which involves strategies for managing stress and some helpful brief TIR work.