The fundamental ground of your being has never been injured. As you attune to it, you can become free of depression, anxiety, bitterness and confusion. You can experience the spontaneous upwelling of compassion for yourself and others. You can find within your body an innate, ever-present source of equanimity and happiness.
Judith Blackstone, PhD, Founder Realization Process
Looking for self-understanding and encouragement to adopt new attitudes and feelings towards life situations? Chronic pain, depression, anxiety and more can lessen through gaining insights into yourself along with focused intentional Realization Process practices. Choose from a variety of options, where you feel most comfortable, to begin or continue your personal work. Private counseling, groups sessions, and courses are offered.
As a licensed clinical psychologist, also trained in holistic healing modalities, I offer you compassion and training to help you process your hurts, uncover your strengths, and gain the quality of life you seek. I use an integrated mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical framework oriented to you. My clinical experience focused on chronic pain, depression, and anxiety and more, yet I have 20+ years studying and training in spiritual, mindfulness, and other healing practices. I have a personal healing history using these multiple modalities for my own healing and I offer them in service to your personal healing journey.
Depression, anxiety, chronic pain and illness, among other issues may be effecting your quality of life, causing an inability to feel the pleasure or health from your life.
In therapy, you will learn the skills to work through depression, anxiety, and other distresses to gain or regain your mental health leading to intimacy and joy.
I use a variety of techniques including education, discussion, mindfulness, sensory integration, and body oriented exercises to help you rediscover your life.
Exclusively doing on-line telehealth with HIPAA compliant video software--(check with your insurance company for telemedicine coverage!)
Eventually, I will return to my office on the old west side of Ann Arbor, Michigan, with easy access from the highway and parking on site.
Fees: Accepting BCBS across the US, HSA, out of network for most insurance companies, or private pay of $180 per 55 minute session.
Currently I do not accept Medicare (including BCBS complete) or Medicaid plans
Trauma & Chronic Pain: Realization Process as a Path to Healing
Christi Bemister, PsyD
Marcia Haarer, LMSW
Online via Zoom
June 12-13, 2021
Saturday & Sunday
10:30 am – 4:30 pm Eastern (breaks throughout the day)
Healing from trauma and chronic pain is not an intuitive process. Instinctively, automatically, one may contract or grasp in reaction to extreme sensory events. These intense sensory experiences obstruct communication between the left (thinking) and the right (emotional) brain hemispheres in an attempt to manage overwhelm. So, rather than intuition, it takes focused intention and effort for healing to happen. This training examines a simplified view of the biology of the brain and how areas of the brain are activated (or not) leading to chronic pain. Psychological holding patterns will be demonstrated with interactive practice to experience one’s own sensitivity to these patterns. Application of the Realization Process to healing is offered with an emphasis on several modified practices to focus specifically on pain and sensory overwhelm. Participants will have a chance to experience these modified practices in class as well as with partners. There will be time for open supervision questions and discussion regarding issues related to working with clients with trauma and chronic pain.
Requirements for registration: Certified in at least one aspect of the Realization Process.
Cost: $350. To register, contact Christi at
Understanding and Relieving Chronic Pain for
Individuals with some background in Realization Process
Embodiment, Meditation, & Healing Ground
Teacher Certification Training. Part 1
Now accepting students for 2022
In 2022, I will co-teach with Marcia Haarer, LMSW, the main Realization Process practices for meditation and embodied nondual awakening – includes specific embodiment and gentle movement practices to attune to fundamental consciousness within one’s body. These practices cultivate internal unity, balance, fluidity, presence and subtle energy within the body.
As the embodiment of fundamental consciousness, we become both empty and present at the same time. We know ourselves as the integration of awareness, emotion and physical sensation. We perceive, understand, touch, move, and express ourselves with the whole breadth of our being.
Participants will learn how to recognize and resolve chronic imbalances and tensions in the body leading to the realization of fundamental consciousness. The training is an opportunity to deepen your own embodiment and realization of nondual, fundamental consciousness.
Format: two five-day modules
Part One with
Marcia Haarer & Christi Bemister
in Ann Arbor,
The Stone Chalet
1917 Washtenaw Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI
9-12 and 5-7 Sunday
Limited to twenty participants
For on-site accommodations, contact Stone Chalet
Part Two with
Judith Blackstone in Woodstock, New York
Registration for part one is a commitment to complete both parts of the training.
You will receive a certificate at the completion of the two five-day modules, authorizing you to use the Realization Process Embodiment practices professionally.
Cost: $730 for each part ($530 if you are repeating the Realization Process Embodiment Teacher Training)
To register, email your completed application to for part one of the training. You will be sent an invoice for your $400 deposit. $200 will be applied toward each of the two parts of the training. Your deposit is refundable, minus a $50 cancellation fee, if you cancel up to two weeks before part one of the training.
Application: Click Here
The in-person training Part One is also offered by Roma Hammel in Los Altos Hills, CA.
Three certificates are offered for those who seek Full Certification in the Realization Process: Meditation, Embodiment, and Healing Ground (spiritual psychotherapy). Each training is offered in two formats: online and in-person.
Each of the other two programs – Healing Ground and Meditation – will be offered in this same format in subsequent years. If all three programs are completed, full certification is awarded. The programs can be taken in any sequence.
The Realization Process Embodiment Teacher Certification Training will not be offered again until Fall, 2021 online and Spring, 2023 in person.
Click here for further information on other offerings, www.realizationprocess.org
All of the trainings help to cultivate the ability:
To “see-feel” within the body of another person without losing inward contact with oneself.
To recognize holding patterns that obstruct embodiment, personal maturity, relationships and nondual awakening.
To receive another person in the clear space of fundamental consciousness with acceptance and compassion.
Therapy for your life!
117 North First Street, Suite 103
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104