Dr. Runyan offers individual, family and couples psychotherapy to any and all members of our community. She treats clients with diagnosable mental illness and those who are suffering due to painful life events. She uses all methods including cognitive/behavioral, depth psychology, evidence based therapies and other practices designed to evoke unconscious material which balances the conscious mind. The talking therapies are immensely effective if undertaken with a super-shrink such as Dr. Runyan who forms warm lasting relationships with her clients and is willing to share her own experiences in order to deepen that engagement.
As a recovering alcoholic, Dr. Runyan is committed to helping addicts achieve recovery. She uses the principles and 12 Steps of Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous when the client is open to this strategy. She refers clients to AA and NA meetings whenever possible because she believes in a life commitment to sobriety one day at a time. She is also a Licensed Certified Addiction Professional in Florida and uses the techniques she learned while studying at the Addiction Institute. These include Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Family Systems Therapy for adolescents using drugs or alcohol. She is very familiar with the programs and services in Florida and around the country and can refer to rehabilitation programs that suit the client.
The Supreme Court of Florida has certified Dr. Runyan in the practice of mediation for Family Court. Mediation is a process in which the two parties attempt to reach agreement on disputes without the time, money and loss of control which Courts generally signify. She has been trained at the Conflict Resolution Collaborative at University of South Florida and is certified as a Family Mediator and in Parent Coordination. She practices mediation to assist separating and divorcing spouses to reach agreement on parenting plans, equitable distribution of property, child support payments, and other issues pertinent to a successful divorce.
Medical Qi Gong consists of specific techniques that use the knowledge of the body’s internal and external energy fields to purge, tonify and balance these energies. Medical Qigong therapy offers patients a safe and effective way to rid themselves of toxic pathogens and years of painful emotions that otherwise can cause mental and physical illness. This therapy combines breathing techniques with movement, creative visualization and spiritual intent to improve health, personal power and control over one’s own life.Five Element Correspondences
Meditation is a form of balance and centering within one's own Self. Our inner world is as vast as the outer universe and can only be seen with inner vision. For those overstimulated by sensory bombardment and constantly streaming events, a place of silence and reflection is crucial. Dr. Runyan uses meditation practices from Buddhism, Taoism and Christianity to calm the mind, to open the heart and to heal the body. She often uses the breath to move energy in and out of the body through the chakras.
Dr. Runyan is an identical twin with experience treating other twins during difficult periods in their lives. Twins have been the subject of constant study and attention. Much genetic research is based on identical twins and we find ourselves at the center of the nature vs. nurture debate. The post modern era within society has introduced the facsimile, the doppelganger, and the body snatcher. Quantum physics has founded the concept of identicality which small particles exhibit rather than unique identitites.