The Union Street Health Associates offers an integrated mind/body and spiritual approach to the therapy, consulting, training, teaching and supervision. We work with groups, couples, and individuals to help them discover their own unique healing process.
Union Street Health Associates' highly experienced therapy staff is trained to help people facing the stress of changing life situations such as serious illness, challenging relationships, and career changes.
USHA offers ongoing healing circle support groups for:
Rituals can help each woman prepare for surgery or a medical intervention, express and find ways to cope with fear and often overwhelming emotions, learn to grieve, and go on to live each day fully. For group members, who support each other by participating in, and helping each other create rituals, this is an intense lesson in sharing and showing love.
Dance as medicine is not one technique, nor even one theoretical perspective. Rather, it combines both modern and ancient images of healing practices. These images are of sacred dance, which linked the physical world and the world of spirits, using sounds and bodies as instruments to create group connections through rhythm and space. In healing dances, all members participated. Connecting the individual to the greater context of community and the gods, sacred dance helped restore a sick person's harmony with tradition, social order, and the cosmos. The rituals of sacred dance named divine powers, marking cycles of generation and cosmic creation. Patterns which emerged in the dance celebrated cosmic patterns such as circles, lines, and actions of planting, gathering, rising and falling. The dance therapist as shaman is a community healer who uses sacred sources of healing to combine art, ritual, diagnosis and treatment for revitalizing individuals' lifeforce within the context of community. Re-awakening and re-imagining these root images of dance therapy practices can provide insight and perspective to the ancient and modern art of dance medicine.
"The round dance of the stars, the constellation of planets in relation to the fixed stars, the beautiful order and harmony in all its movements, is a mirror the original dance at the time of creation. The dance is the richest gift of the muses to man."
With over 30 years of experience in healthcare settings, in- and out-patient psychiatric hospitals, children's hospitals, nursing homes, health spas and hospital wellness centers, the USHA has helped staff design therapeutic support groups using the Arts.
We help organizations and individuals in the following ways:
Consulting with Clergy House of Affirmation, Whitinsville, MA: Supervising Psychologist in residential treatment center for psychologically impaired Catholic religious.
Consulting with Business In a talk for a San Francisco architecture office entitled "Space, Movement and Healing," Dr. Serlin showed the interrelationship of space, movement and healing, particularly in how buildings are constructed to evoke certain movements, both historically and at present. Labanotation, a movement language system used by choreographers, was used to discuss parameters of time, weight, space and flow factors in the vocabulary of movement and space. Examples demonstrated healing and movement work done in the context of a support group for women with breast cancer.
Loss of a Pet In her work with those recovering from a loss of a pet, Dr. Serlin states, "We know that our animals are our friends, part of our families. Yet we are told that we should remember that they are 'only' animals, and we should just replace them. We may need a place to talk about the overwhelming feelings, often of loss and loneliness. Sometimes there is guilt, or regrets. Sometimes this loss reminds us of other losses, which we also did not grieve."
Work-Related Stress Employment and Development Department, State of California Health and Welfare Agency, San Francisco: "Reconstructing our Work Lives after Traumatic Events."
The experienced staff at Union Street Health Associates provides workshops and consultation in such areas as:
Scholarships are available.
Arts Medicine: a workshop at California School of Professional Psychology, Alameda Campus
Ilene Serlin, Director of the USHA, is currently supervises doctoral students in psychology at Chrysalis Counseling Center in Santa Rosa. She offers ongoing individual and group supervision in Dance Therapy, Arts Medicine, and Depth Psychology.