About Go Slowly
Go Slowly is an invitation to pause, breathe, and notice the present moment and explore the benefits of compassion-based practices. Our mission is to bring compassion-focused education, consultation, life mentoring, and psychotherapy to individuals, groups, and organizations. We believe that co-creating brave spaces where we can connect heart, body, mind, and spirit is essential in transforming our suffering and living more peaceful lives.
Compassion-Focused Life Mentoring
Compassion-Focused Life Mentoring (CFLM) is an integrative approach to therapy that uses body awareness, movement, and dialogue to help us connect with the innate wisdom of our bodies. With its foundations in ancient yogic philosophy, Buddhist psychology, and contemporary psychotherapy, CFLM offers an opportunity to practice embodied present-moment awareness to enhance physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.
In a world that is complex, fast-paced, and superficially hyper-connected, we often long for deeper connection with ourselves and others. Simplicity is often elusive. Yet there is an inner wisdom that we can access once we quiet the outside distractions, go slowly, and listen to our inner voice carefully, compassionately, and with curiosity. The body and heart are always speaking to us. Are you listening?
CFLM helps us engage in a compassionate dialogue with our body, heart, and mind in a manner that honors all aspects of our experience as it unfolds in the here and now. By learning how to witness ourselves with compassion, we can safely explore parts of our experience that are difficult to hold or that have lived in exile.
Key Components of Compassion-Focused Life Mentoring Sessions:
All CFLM sessions last an hour and offer a tailored experience that begins with a personalized intention for each session. Through assisted postures, exercises, and non-directive verbal cues, we engage in a therapeutic process where you can experience yourself more fully in body, heart, and mind. Using focused awareness, movement, practicing presence, and working with breath, we explore what is happening in your immediate experience. This state of embodied presence facilitates a pre-verbal emotional and mental processing that can bring new awareness and clarity to your lived experience. Toward the end of our session, we then explore the possible ways this awareness connects to different aspects of your life.
CFLM is ideal for anyone that wants to reconnect with themselves and engage in a process of discovery and growth. No prior experience is needed. All abilities are welcomed. Inherent in the CFLM process is a deep respect and appreciation for listening to the ways in which our bodies hold our past and current experiences. The memories that we carry in our bodies and in our hearts need careful attention. To honor this process, I work within a trauma-informed approach that emphasizes going slowly, being attuned to your nervous system, cultivating self-compassion, and offering moment-to-moment choices.
Benefits of Compassion-Focused Life Mentoring:
CFLM offers an opportunity to befriend your body, hold difficult experiences with compassion, process traumatic events, relieve stress, and cultivate joy. CFLM helps you understand unique aspects of your nervous system and use this knowledge to develop tools to regulate emotions and cultivate greater balance in your life. If you are experiencing grief, anxiety, depression, addiction, or need to process traumatic experiences, CFLM can help your body and heart release and transform difficult experiences and live with greater ease.
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CFLM can be offered within a psychotherapy framework or, if you are participating in psychotherapy, as an ideal complementary approach to talk therapy with a greater emphasis on working with the body. At this time, all sessions are offered online due to pandemic restrictions.
For those clients that want to engage in CFLM from a psychotherapy perspective, I accept insurance if you live in Rhode Island or Massachusetts (out of network provider only) as well as accept health savings accounts. If you want to explore CFLM from a purely life mentoring perspective, I am happy to discuss options that will make this work possible for you.
In person sessions are held at my office located at 68 Constitution Street, Apt 1, Bristol, RI 02809.
To book an appointment you may call 781-724-9007 or email (preferred): firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jorge C. Armesto, Ph.D., Ed.M., C-IAYT
I am a bilingual clinical psychologist in private practice in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, where I serve linguistically and culturally diverse communities. Working within a Buddhist psychology and yogic perspectives, my work seeks to understand how multiple sources of oppression and resiliency intersect and inform the lived experiences of people. I am section faculty at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy yearlong certificate program (www.meditationandpsychotherapy.org), serve as a consulting psychologist at Bristol Community College Counseling Center in Fall River, Massachusetts, and facilitate professional consultation groups through the Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy (SCIP) Certificate Program.
I am passionate about the intersection of psychology, mindfulness, spirituality, and body-focused practices. I believe that we transform suffering by connecting heart, body, mind, and spirit. In my individual and group work, I focus on deep listening and heart-felt connection. Exploring ways in which we can be more compassionate toward ourselves and others and connect with our bodies is central to my clinical practice and teaching.
In addition to my work as a life mentor and psychotherapist, I offer compassion- and mindfulness-based trainings, lectures, and retreats throughout New England. As a Certified Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) teacher, I facilitate this 8-week program in various organizations and community settings such as The Center for Mindfulness and Compassion at Cambridge Health Alliance (www.chacmc.org) and the Providence VA Hospital. As a certified yoga therapist, I facilitate body-focused practices in my life mentoring, teaching, and clinical work. I believe that listening to our body's wisdom is essential in promoting overall health.
My spiritual practice focuses on applying Dharma teachings to help alleviate individual and community suffering. I practice in the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition and I am an aspirant to the Order of Interbeing. There are many ways I cultivate seeds of joy including cooking, dancing to the Afro-Cuban rhythms of salsa, building community, and spending time with family, friends, nature, and my poodle, Tashi.
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Jorge C. Armesto, Ph.D., Ed.M., RYT
68 Constitution Street, Apt 1, Bristol, RI 02809