Lori Kucharski, MA, LMFT, LPC
 (719) 360-2440

EMDR Center of the Pikes Peak Region, LLC

EMDRIA-Certified Therapy, Consulting, & Training
AAMFT-Approved Supervision

EMBODY U© Treatment Model

What it is:
Philosophy. EMBODY U©  is a program I developed based upon my core belief that in order to feel our healthiest, most energetic, and most at peace with ourselves and others, we must learn how to embody our Selves--or, in other words, to feel at peace in our own skin, with our own thoughts, feelings, pasts, presents, and futures.

Modalities. EMBODY U© combines the approaches of several different counseling theories. EMDR therapy is predominate, and the lens of this approach, from the EMBODY U© perspective, stems from attachment theory, developmental theory, Internal Family Systems, Ego State Theory, and Polyvagal Theory. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Systems Theory, Solution-Focused Therapy, SMART Recovery, Sandtray Therapy, Therapy using art as a modality, and more can be easily used in conjunction with this approach.
It is important for me to express that like many modern models, EMBODY U© is not a novel approach. It is a combination of modalities that I have found to be incredibly helpful in the populations with whom I work. It’s a best-fit modality that, like most modalities, meets the client where they are at, respects their autonomy, and uses a combination of skills, empirically-based approaches, and interventions for the best outcome possible. I did not create any of the modalities used in this treatment model, but rather, have incorporated them all into a best-fit model, and I am extremely grateful for the skilled researchers and creative thinkers who have developed these foundational theories.

Client Populations. The populations that I currently serve include individuals who generally have the following symptoms of presenting issues in common:

  • Childhood and/or adolescent trauma/abuse/neglect
    • Developmental Trauma
    • Attachment Trauma
    • Dissociation
  • Substance Abuse issues
  • Disordered Eating Issues
    • Binge-eating, emotional eating, and compulsive overeating
    • Diet “yo-yo-ing”
    • Orthorexia (pre-occupation with healthy/clean/righteous living/eating)
    • Anorectic and anorexic behaviors
    • Restricting/bingeing/purging cycles and bulimic behaviors
  • Medical symptoms, diagnoses, or illnesses
    • Autoimmune disorders
    • Stress-related, physical symptoms
    • Long-term, intrinsic illnesses
  • Resulting, chronic, and/or acute anxiety and depression.

It is important to note that I am not a medical provider. I provide a holistic approach to recovery, and I utilize a treatment team approach with your medical and functional/naturopathic/holistic providers to ensure wrap-around services and quality of care. In cases where illnesses or behaviors are life-threatening and severe, I refer to higher levels of care to ensure recovery and return to baseline health before resuming EMBODY U©.

What I do:
At our intake, which lasts up to two hours long, I take a full, comprehensive history that covers all of the aspects of wellness (mental, emotional, physical, social, spiritual, sexual, relational, etc.). We determine together what your goals are in each area. I will, as needed, make referrals (with your permission, of course!) to providers in the area that will help you meet goals outside of my scope of expertise, including doctors, naturopathic physicians, holistic providers, functional medical providers, etc. This will help us create a treatment-team approach.

We will then support you on your course of action! We will meet approximately once a week over the next several weeks to evaluate and adjust your goals. We will also start EMDR therapy, which focuses on helping you heal unresolved traumas, stressors, blocks, wounds, and anxieties. Each session will be specifically tailored to your unique needs and preferences. Once your progress, growth, and new habits are more fully established (usually within a few weeks to a few months), we can reduce sessions as needed, but it it is generally important to meet regularly in the beginning to establish our trajectory and new patterns. I recommend continuing in EMDR Therapy as long as the traumas, stressors, blocks, wounds, or anxieties continue. For some, this may be short-term, but for many others, especially in the cases of years or decades of unresolved trauma, it can be longer-term.

Once you are maintaining your progress and growth, we can move to a maintenance phase of therapy, where we may meet every 4-6 weeks as needed. At any time, if new blocks, stressors, or anxieties emerge, we can resume treatment at the rate that is helpful to you. When you feel you have met your goals and no longer need therapeutic support, we will end our therapy sessions, but clients are always welcome back if something occurs in the future, etc. (based on availability, of course).