Psychotherapy Healing Services (PHS) provides an eclectic combination of quality, standard psychotherapeutic techniques blended skillfully with state-of-the-art Holistic healing modalities—suitably named Celestial Psychology®. PHS improves quality-of-life (QOL) for the individual, thereby ensuring increased QOL for the collective.Psychotherapy Healing Services, LLC was founded in 1999, from the pioneering vision of Celeste Emelia Mattingly, LCSW, as sole proprietor. Celeste is a dedicated mental health professional who continues to offer affordable, accessible, and effective mental health care to residents of the West Hartford, Avon, Farmington, Bloomfield, and surrounding areas, including all of CT, MA, and RI. She is a highly trained specialist in Clinical Social Work who is authorized and licensed by the state of Connecticut to practice psychotherapy in CT. Celeste provides individual and group psychotherapy to adults with mental health, addiction, and spiritual issues in all phases of life. To increase quality-of-life, she utilizes an eclectic approach combining standard psycho-therapeutic techniques. Standard Psycho-therapeutic services include: individual and group psychotherapy; diagnostic (DSM5) assessments; treatment planning; case management and/or client advocacy; liaisons with community providers; referrals and medication consultations with psychiatrists, APRNs, and PCPs. Celeste believes in a holistic approach to therapy that integrates the body, mind and spirit. With abundant resources, she is able to offer clients a multi-faceted approach to therapy. Her eclectic approach combines multiple techniques to formulate an individualized program of healing for each patient. As a mental health practitioner committed to serving others, Celeste accepts most insurances and offers a sliding scale. She currently accepts:
- Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield,
- United Behavioral Health/Optum,
- Value Options,
- Medicare, and Medicaid/CT Husky
- Connecticut Exchange patients.
- Phone and Skype sessions are available for long-distance, however, are not covered by insurance.
- Celeste offers a Sliding Scale to the uninsured,
- And accepts Master-Card, Visa, and Health Savings Cards.
- Sliding scale range is on the honor system- beginning at $125.00 per 45-minute session and dropping to $75.00. Individuals are encouraged to keep in mind that it is human nature to value what we pay for.
Integrative/ Eclectic TherapyIndividual therapies can offer highly effective treatment for certain specific illnesses. However, there is often a combination of mental illness and other factors, both mind and body centric, that may effect your treatment. It is important to note that Integrative/Eclectic Psychotherapy is used most often when a patient has several illnesses that are of pressing concern. This approach is the basis for all of Celeste's work. She combines various techniques from multiple therapeutic sources. At the root of this combination is the psychodynamic approach of making conscious what is unconscious. Celeste believes that although traditional psychoanalysis is generally considered outdated, it remains the bedrock for all change. It is the root of all psychology, just as chakra one, Muladhara is the root of the Human Chakra System. We can not change what we do not see, and Celeste will teach you to fearlessly reach into the shadows and elevate your consciousness with a variety of consciousness-raising techniques. She combines traditional “talk” therapy with the various therapies discussed below, and in more detail on the Celestial Psychology® page. She recommends nutritional changes, meditation and relaxation techniques, physical exercise, and energy-medicine healings. Celeste is committed to offering you the most effective treatment available with integrative techniques to create a holistic treatment program suited to your individual needs. Say “Yes!” to change, and contact Psychotherapy Healing Services, LLC today and take the first step on the road to healing with Celeste Emelia Mattingly, LCSW.
Group PsychotherapyGroups usually consist of six to ten members who have been carefully selected by Celeste, who facilitates the sessions. Celeste is committed to confidentiality—as are all therapists—and group members must sign a contract to maintain the privacy of who is seen and what is shared in the group sessions. Celeste holds two types of groups. The first is naturally-empowering, and is psycho-educational and experiential. It typically runs twelve weeks, with weekly sessions lasting 2.5 to 3 hours per week. Psycho-educational groups are based on the principles of Celestial Psychology. You will be required to purchase a workbook, a guidebook, and to keep up with homework and practice assignments during the week. There is some motivational exploration to determine and overcome participant’s resistance, but basically this type of group is educational, while still allowing you to take an active role in your own therapeutic process. The second type of group offered at Psychotherapy Healings Services, LLC is psychodynamic and ongoing group psychotherapy. Celeste bases this work on the Integrative/Eclectic approach mentioned above. Groups meet once per week and last 1.5 hours. Trust, natural empathy and altruism build as you and each member risks sharing their experience, strength, and hope, thus helping to facilitate the healing process. Whether suffering from acute or chronic depression and/or anxiety; addiction to substances or specific unwanted behaviors; spiritual crisis or spiritual emergence—or all of these issues—you may qualify to be a candidate for group psychotherapy and may benefit from the Group Psychotherapy offered at Psychotherapy Healing Services, LLC, by Celeste Emelia Mattingly, LCSW. Clients are encouraged to participate in both types of groups, as completing the 12-week psycho-educational group enhances the ongoing psychodynamic experience. In both groups you may be encouraged to discuss whatever subjects you find pressing. In any specific group, however, Celeste may steer you toward expressing your emotions concerning your experiences. In both cases, you will not be forced or pressured to share more than you feel capable of revealing to the group. Celeste will ask you to keep in mind—when a risk of vulnerability and self-disclosure is taken, the healing power of Group Psychotherapy blossoms, and the empowering nature of Group Psychotherapy will allow you to take a more active role in your healing. You will learn to empathize, support and exchange feedback with one another in a respectful and sensitive manner. Over the course of the therapy, you will develop new responses and adequate coping mechanisms to navigate all of life's challenges. Celeste Emelia Mattingly, LCSW is committed to confidentiality and you will be asked to sign a contract and to maintain the confidentiality of all that is shared during group sessions. If you are interested in learning more about Psychotherapy Healing Services, LLC’s psycho-educational or ongoing psycho-dynamic therapy groups, contact Celeste to schedule a consultation and receive the treatment best suited to you- in order to begin your journey toward self-empowerment.
Cognitive Behavioral and Restructuring TherapyExplore the thoughts and actions that are keeping you trapped in self-defeating patterns. Celeste Emelia Mattingly, LCSW takes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to a deeper level with Cognitive Restructuring. Generally, these paradigm shifting techniques are not readily identified as belonging to these particular theoretical frameworks, during talk-therapy sessions, but are seamlessly integrated into the sessions that Celeste offers. This is an action-oriented treatment, and you may be given assignments to complete between sessions. Over the course of the therapy, you will learn to recognize and replace self-defeating thoughts and actions with more realistic and positive ones. CBT is frequently used to treat anxiety disorders, certain mood disorders, and insomnia; while Cognitive Restructuring is particularly helpful for post-traumatic stress disorder. These therapies readily associate with the fifth chakra, named Visuddha, which is associated with self-expression and assertiveness. Self-expression and assertiveness are integral to optimal mental health Celeste Emelia Mattingly, LCSW has been providing these eclectically integrated therapies for residents of the West Hartford, Avon, Farmington, Bloomfield and surrounding areas for over a decade. If this therapy has been suggested to you by a family doctor, or if you personally feel that either yourself or a loved one would benefit from Celeste’s eclectic approach contact her today to schedule a consultation.
Behavior Modification TherapyChanging our behaviors seems like it might best be achieved with life coaching, however, Behavior Modification Therapy gets results that life-coaching may miss, because it is integrated with psychotherapy. Behavior Modification Therapy is a structured form of therapy that works to create objective and measurable changes in our daily lives. It is beneficial for overcoming negative patterns that become ingrained over years of struggling with mental health and addiction issues. Typically this therapy works by employing a system of reward for positive action. However, according to leading authorities changing one’s behavior for the better is accomplished best with consciousness-raising, because elevated consciousness becomes the reward. When consciousness-raising is the practiced modality it is also the desired outcome of Behavior Modification Therapy. The participant’s healing work is mastering the art of “choice” and the practice of making informed decisions that can only occur as the individual learns to “make conscious what is unconscious.” This internal process is explored and learned in talk-therapy sessions, however, execution, must take place outside of the therapy sessions. The goal of this therapy is to clear your environmental roadblocks that are preventing you from achieving success and nurturing your heart’s deepest desires. The old refrain of, “someday, I will” is replaced by “today, I am.” In addition to helping you create a more satisfying life this therapy is remarkably effective for removing road-blocks that life-coaching strategies miss. In an Integrated/Eclectic approach this therapy may not be readily identified as belonging to this particular theoretical framework, however, Behavior Modification is seamlessly integrated into the talk therapy sessions that Celeste offers. Call today to schedule your first appointment on your road to changing your behavior with consciousness-raising.
Body Oriented PsychotherapyBody Oriented Psychotherapy, which is also referred to as Somatic Therapy, regards mental illness as an imbalance that manifests itself on the physical, as well as emotional, level. It is believed that because it takes a physical form, mental illness can also be assisted to be remedied through the body. Celeste has been combining Body Oriented Psychotherapy into her eclectic approach for over a decade. She uses a combined approach of verbal communication and structured physical activities to inspire your emotional healing. When you experience depression or anxiety, these emotions can manifest in the form of body tension, teeth grinding, irregular breathing and unhealthy posture. Celeste teaches breathing, posture, mindfulness, basics of tapping (Emotional Freedom Technique), chakra-balancing—and other physical exercises—such as the basics of T’ai chi and Pan Gu Shengong, to help you become aware and capable of healing your emotional state. Body Oriented Psychotherapy is effective precisely because it uses multiple entry points into understanding the human psyche and moving toward total integration, and this is especially true for the Human Energy System (HES) and the chakras. Celeste holds classes to teach chakra-balancing and has created an entire workbook for Celestial Psychology® in order for you to fully integrate body, mind and spirit. Call for updated class schedules and get started with integrated body and talk-therapy.
Interpersonal TherapyInterpersonal Therapy focuses on the current relationships you have with family members, colleagues, and other persons in your life. There are both short and long term forms of this therapy. In the short-term, sessions are on a weekly basis for several months, the longer-maintenance form of this therapy, involves monthly sessions over a period of two to three years. This therapy has been made famous by the book, I’m OK, You’re OK, by Thomas A. Harris, in the late 1960’s. This therapy works wonders by uncovering the interpersonal sources of your emotional discontent which often initiate or exacerbate depressive episodes. Once your area of stress has been discovered, you will move toward identifying and expressing the underlying emotions surrounding the stressors. Balancing your fourth chakra, known as Anahata—the heart center—is an integrated method and also a goal of this work. You will learn communication skills and develop assertiveness - one of the most important aspects of talk therapy. In an Integrated/Eclectic approach Interpersonal Therapy may not be readily identified as a particular theoretical framework, being utilized however, Interpersonal Therapy seamlessly integrates into the talk therapy sessions that Celeste offers at Psychotherapy Healing Services, LLC. Call today to schedule your first appointment to learn to say, “I’m OK, you’re OK” and to get on your road to improving your relationships with others and yourself.
Humanistic & Transpersonal TherapiesTwo of the most strikingly effective and contemporary therapies integrated into Celeste Emelia Mattingly, LCSW’s work are the Humanistic & Transpersonal Therapies. It is important to note that although these therapies are similar practices, they are not identical. They are both powerful therapies, and are often used in conjunction with other therapies for maximum benefit. These therapies incorporate a spiritual perspective and transcendent nature that is associated with the sixth chakra, named Ajna. Regarding the Humanistic Psychologies: The following is an excerpt from Celestial Psychology®: A Workbook for Chakras, Psychological Theory and Conscious Evolution, by Celeste Emelia Mattingly, LCSW.
“Abraham H. Maslow (1908–1970) was the founder of Humanistic Psychology, and is best known for creating the Hierarchy of Needs theory, famously depicted in the shape of a pyramid. In Maslow’s opinion, once we are self-actualized and at the top of the pyramid, we are capable of having peak experiences. A review of peak experiences detailed in his book, Religions, Values, and Peak-Experiences (1964), reveals an extraordinary connection to spirituality and consciousness-raising. He defined 25 qualities of peak experiences that were typically thought to be only religious, but he saw they cured ‘chronic anxiety neurosis ... and strong obsessive thoughts of suicide.’ The first characteristic happens when one experiences the following: ‘the whole universe is perceived as an integrated and unified whole.’ In the third characteristic he writes, ‘The peak-experience seems to lift us to greater than normal heights so that we can see and perceive in a higher than usual way.’ Peak experiences are highly valuable—intrinsic to mental and emotional health, giving life meaning, and contributing to high-level wellness.”Transpersonal Psychology has characteristically been associated with the study of the peak experience and recognizes the difference between a spiritual crisis and psychiatric diagnoses in the psychosis categories. Celeste Emelia Mattingly, LCSW is trained in making this differentiation and has helped many avoid unnecessary hospitalizations for what has turned out to be a spiritual emergency, rather than a psychotic episode. She is also adept at fostering spiritual emergence with her own brand of psychotherapy, Celestial Psychology®. Celeste Emelia Mattingly, LCSW will seamlessly incorporate the Humanistic & Transpersonal Therapies into your healing process. If you have been referred to Celeste by another health professional, or if you feel that either yourself or a loved one may benefit from one of the many therapeutic practices she offers please contact her today for a confidential assessment to determine the most effective course of action.