Richard is a counselor and wellness practitioner. Richard began to practice meditation in 1976 while he was working and going to school full time. This evolved (1985) as additional forms of meditation and healing art practices were explored and studied. Richard studied the Healing Tao forms of meditation (1986-92), Tai Chi, healing sounds, chi kung and chi nei tsang (1993) with Master Mantak Chia. From October 1994 to December 1997, Richard studied massage and polarity therapy at Nansy Risley's school in Portland, ME and Ipswich, MA. From 1999 to 2002 Richard studied biodynamic craniosacral therapy with Roger Gilchrist. In 2003 Richard assisted Roger in his Washington, DC foundation course and in 2004 Richard entered Union University to complete a Masters degree in psychology (April 2007) specializing in mental health and substance use counseling. Richard's thesis was on the benefits of meditation and how meditation may prevent burnout.
Therapeutic Bodywork Approach
Biodynamic Craniosacral is an effective non invasive approach to treating physical and emotional pain of the body, mind and spirit. In biodynamic craniosacral therapy the body is lightly touched gently perhaps at the feet or head or perhaps the spine. Within a few minutes of settling, the body process becomes quiet and a connection to the outer world begins a whole body dynamic that treats what is most appropriate for this moment. The fluid body begins to become more active in the session and stress and strain melts leading to improved general health and function of the whole mind-body life-force. This approach is different from the Upledger cranial-sacral model. In the biodynamic method the practitioner waits for an uprising of movement to gently flow through the body. The therapist listens to the back ground of stillness and waits for the uprising fluid body wave that helps us let-go of our heavy load. We do not follow a protocol or cook-book technique. We listen for the body to approach us and we work together with the innate healing forces of primary resperation. This is the Sills-Sutherland approach as taught by Franklin Sills.
Richard also practices "Polarity Therapy" which is perhaps the most comprehensive energy medicine model for treating the mind, body and spirit. Polarity therapy helps bring the body into balance and alignment through gentle, firm or deep contact. The physical body and etheric body can be brought into alignment with the elements of ether, air, fire, water and earth. The polarity therapist may suggest homework of yoga, use of essential oils, diet & nutrition and life process counseling. Polarity offers health knowledge that effectively reduces pain, improves function and gently treats the body relieving tension and fatigue improving the felt sense of the body. Polarity Therapy relaxes the mind and helps us claritfy how to move forward in our lives.
The session: Clothing remains on the body. You are face up or on your side supported by a pillow under the knees or neck, a blanket may cover you and most importantly we work from a level of comfort.
Biodynamic Craniosacral and Polarity Therapy reduce stress in the body allowing the immune system to function better. In polarity and craniosacral the central nervous flight or flight life responses can be eased. Truama of all forms can be transformed and transmuted. Once enough resources are established you may feel safe, relaxed, let-go, come into balance which allows the healing process to unfold. When the flight, fight and freeze pattern resolves, your immune system is more able to help you recovery from other illness. The function of the digestive organs, lymph, connective tissues or viscera may all reorient to a pattern of health. Sessions at Awakenings can help you feel refreshed, lighter and at peace.
1991 Franklin Pierce BS
1985-94 International Healing Tao: Studied Tai Chi Chuan Short Form, Healing Sounds Meditation, Fusion Meditation and Chi Nei Tsang.
1994-97 Polarity Realization Institute, Portland Maine and Ipswich, MA, 880- Hour Program in Polarity Wellness, Yoga, Diet and Nutrition, Massage and Personal Process.
Polarity Therapy Professional, member International Polarity Education Alliance, Polarity Practitioner since 1995.
1999-02 Wellness Institute, Washington, DC, and NYC 750-Hour Holistic Program in Cranial Therapy and the Energetic Body
2002 Canadian Holistic Therapist Training School for Aromatherapy, Herbs, Nutrition & Massage
2002 International Aromatherapy and Tutors Association
2003-04 - Teaching Assistant, Washington, DC, Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Therapy
2004-07 Vermont College Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
2010 Mt Madonna Cranial Therapy Conf.
2011 Advanced Training in Cranial Therapy by Franklin Sills
2014 Mt Madonna Science and Spirituality Conference on Craniosacral and Polarity
2017 Advanced Training in Fascia
Richard's Clinical Experience
Richard entered the field of human services in 1985. when he began as a mental health counselor at Danvers State Hospital. He continued his employment at Seaborne Hospital and after seven years began working at the Anne Marie Connelly Crisis Center, Social Detox, Turning Point Half Way House, and Out Patient Counselor at Southeastern Services. Richard has also worked at HCRS in Springfield and Hartland, VT and WCBH as a mental health and substance use clinician in Lebanon and Claremont, NH. Richard began working at Headrest to be part of a substance use team and left in the spring of 2016 to enter private practice as an independent provider.
Richard has over 30 years of experience in treating substance use and mental health problems. Richard's practice consists of helping people feel better about their life, more positive and hopeful about their future. The underlying principal: People with better resources are able to reduce their use of substances, reduce the symptoms of depression, anxiety, mood disorders and address substance use challenges. His private practice is focused on a holistic approach to help people feel better about their lives and hopeful of a new tomorrow. Richard's goal is to help his clients find an inner connection that helps them heal their lives and helps them remain clean and sober feeling more at ease within their body. Since 1986 Richard has been a counselor specializing in addictions and co-occurring mental health disorders and practitioner of the healing arts. Richard began to practice meditation in 1976 and began to practice tai chi, healing sounds, and chi kung in 1985. The Taoist practice has strengthened his practice as a healer and guides him to help others heal their physical, mental and emotional bodies. The support and encouragement to strengthen your energy and physical body has become part of his practice and professional service offered while his clients continue their healing journey.
Richard sees clients Monday through Thursday. Richard formerly practiced polarity and craniosacral in White River Junction from 1998 to 2008. Richard completed a masters degree in counseling in 2007. In 2008 Richard returned to work in the field of addictions in order to fulfill licensing requirements and has continued his private practice in craniosacral and polarity therapy at the Burton House where he currently practices biodynamic craniosacral and polarity therapeutic bodywork Monday through Wednesday, and counseling on Thursday.
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association of
International Polarity Education Alliance
Vermont Mental Health Counselors Association
National Association of Drug and Alcohol Counselors
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy by Michael Shea
Color Atlas of Head and Neck Anatomy
McMinn Hutchings Logan
Cranial Therapy and the Energetic Body
Roger Gilchrist MA., RPP
Craniosacral Biodynamics by Franklyn Sills, RPP
The breath of life, biodynamics and fundamental skills
Health Building Dr. Randolph Stone D.O.,DC.
The conscious art of living well
Teachings in the Science of Osteopathy
William G. Sutherland D.O.
The Atlas of Human Anatomy
The Heart of Listening by Hugh Milne
A visionary approach to Craniosacral work
The Polarity Process by Frankly Sills, RPP
The Ayurvedic Cook Book by Amadea Morningstar
Personalized Guide to Good Nutrition and Health
Story of the Mandala
When I first met Jim Van Dyk he wanted to know more about the healing work I provided. Jim's first question was "have you had any visions?" I was surprised by his question and rather reluctant to answer. I wasn't sure if I could trust him and I didn't know how he might respond to what I was about to say. Part of me thinks he already new and he asked me to see if I was willing to be honest. I took a moment then began by telling him of a vision of a "City in the sky" that I had witnessed in the fall of 1993. The weather was clear of clouds and time was about 3:40 PM. The sky was blue I was walking across the parking lot at Seaborn Hospital where I worked as an evening counselor. When a feeling brought my attention to look into the southwestern sky up at about 45 degrees. There to my amazement appeared a rectangular walled city with one large tall building and several smaller buldings around a park like area. The walled city image was set into a blue-green sky window. The image did not appear to be moving and appeared to be in another dimension. Up until this discussion I had only shared my vision with my supervisor and two other counselors. Jim however took what I said, listened and later when we had a chance to talk more at length said I had seen New Jerusalem. I was stunned and to this day don't know if that was what I saw or not. I don't doubt what I saw was not of this world and just perhaps those that occupy the city are far advanced and in some way supportive of human development. It may be where we go in dream state when we have spirit classes.
Jim Van Dyk drew images that represented a specific frequency of energy. In this case the mandala was drawn on a computer and Jim captured the essence of the source and transmission from the City in the Sky. Jim's first attempt was stored on a zip drive and mysteriously disappeared. Jim reported it had taken him a few weeks to prepare the image and he was upset and a bit angry that his work was gone. He then shared 'well it must mean I need to do something better this time.' Jim tried again and what he drew does seem to transmit a beautiful force. The essence of the healing work does feel something like what Jim has created. I say this because after the image was created I commisioned another painter to use a larger image fit into a frame which was then installed above my office door in White River Junction, VT. While the weather was good the image appeared to have been projected into the surrounding community. Unfortunately even though we tried to maintain the image through the winter, conditions were too intense and future signs failed to with stand the cold and frost. Other sign makers were approached yet none were able to complete the task I required.