About Your TherapistsMind-Body Healing Center in Santa Monica, California
Jordan Marks, Principal Therapist
A therapist who is integrating new theory into traditional mental health
Jordan Marks, principal therapist at Mind-Body Healing Center, has a Masters degree in counseling (MA) and is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). He is a PhD candidate in Mind-Body Medicine, with an emphasis in integrative mental health, at Saybrook University. He has extensive training in somatic psychotherapy, attachment work (AEDP), Hakomi, mind-body medicine, couples counseling and child development.
In addition to his training as a psychotherapist, Jordan is a certified school counselor (PPSC) and has worked in varying school environments with students of all ages. He has experience with special education needs, parent-child interactions, career counseling, school placement and other school related issues. Jordan was also a chess coach for 6 years for the San Francisco Unified School District.
Jordan says, “When you’re with me, you may not feel like I’m utilizing techniques, because first and foremost, I’m in a relationship with you. I don’t hold out. I express my opinions and my thoughts. I let myself be transparent. I want to be in a relationship with you because I consider our work together as not only a relationship, but a microcosm for how you are in relationships outside of your treatment.”
Jordan is a California-Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC #50595)
Danielle Missler, Associate Therapist
Originally from the Midwest, Danielle Missler made the move to Los Angeles eight years ago. She holds a Master of Arts in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University and is a registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. As an MFT trainee, Danielle practiced at the Pepperdine Community Counseling Center where she had the opportunity to work with children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples. The center is also partnered with Children of the Night, a non-profit organization treating children and teens formerly involved in prostitution.
During her post-graduate internship, Danielle gained experience in somatic work at the New Beginnings Center in Camarillo, California. Danielle received extensive psychodynamic training at the Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills, California, where she worked exclusively with adolescents. The people Danielle sees face a range of issues including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief, and trauma. In addition to her clinical work, Danielle has done research with the UCLA PEERS Clinic, addressing social skills in teens, adults, and preschool-age children.
As a life-long athlete, nature lover, and artist, Danielle’s personal vision of health includes and goes beyond traditional talk-therapy. She welcomes the opportunity to learn about each person’s unique experience in order to support them on their own path to healing.
Tracie Tyler, Associate Therapist
Tracie holds a Master of Arts in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University and is a registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. As an MFT trainee, Tracie practiced at the Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills, California where she had the opportunity to work psychodynamically with a variety of individual clients who presented with a range of issues, including anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship conflicts, grief and loss and phase of life challenges.
During her post-graduate internship, Tracie gained experience in eating disorders at the Center For Discovery in Beverly Hills and Newport Beach, California. Tracie continues to work with adults and adolescents at the Center utilizing family and group therapy, as well as modalities including dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and psychodynamic therapy.
As a vegetarian, existentialist, and a nature and animal lover, Tracie’s personal vision of health includes harmony, connectivity and balance For true healing to take place, the entire self – physical, mental and spiritual must be considered. Every person has a unique path and story, and it is Tracie’s goal to accompany clients on this journey and offer her support along the way.
Padric Payton, Creative Empowerment Advisor
Padric Payton is a Creative Empowerment Advisor who blends narrative coaching, poetry therapy, and mind-body practices to inspire his clients into more meaningful, courageous, and creative lives. Padric holds a B.A. in Rhetoric from UC Berkeley and has over 15 years experience as an educator, mentor, and artistic collaborator. His primary field of interest is the capacity of imaginative thinking to liberate individuals to experience and comminucate their emotions more powerfully.
In addition to his experience as a teacher, poet, and songwriter, Padric’s work draws on his studies in the fields of positive psychology, psychoneuroimmunology, narrative coaching, and rhetoric. He also has extensive experience using mindfulness, somatic experiencing, and CBT (cognitive Behavioral Therapy) to relieve chronic physical and mental/emotional pain. Above all, Padric brings deep empathy and compassion for his fellow human beings into his practice.
Padric says, “At our best and most pure we are music, but the world requires us to be numbers and words – statistics and stories to situate and define us, to make order from the wild and beautiful chaos of our natures. To live poetically is an act of constructive rebellion against the rules and right angles of culture, a decision to be a part of society but not let its often flat language constrict our true essence. We can choose to live at the frontier of our selves, courageous enough to feel fully and to express fully. We can be like poetry, halfway between language and music, bridging the gap between logic and imagination.”
WHY MIND-BODY HEALING CENTER?
We bring varied techniques to heal your mind, body and spirit
With mind-body healing, you’ll find that you gain new insights into your relationships and the impact you have on others. Clarity results from a better understanding of how you interact with your world.
When you begin to apply mind-body medicine, you’ll better understand your body’s responses to external stimuli, and you become more capable and more efficient at relaxing your body, no matter what’s happening on the outside.
focus & attention
Focusing is choosing what and whom you want to hear in the moment. By redirecting your attention away from distractions, you can focus on what it is that your heart wants, or your belly wants, or what your instincts are saying.
Mindfulness is the ability to filter overstimulation into action. And it usually just takes an extra two to five seconds for each person to be mindful. It’s just one deep breath, one extra moment to decide with clarity what it is that you want to do next.
can this change my Life?
Just as when you go to the gym for six months, every other day, you’re going to get stronger, Mind-Body therapies are a gym for your mind. If you’re willing to put in the work, in three to six months you’ll see the benefits.