Survey Response: Evana Henri, PhD
This survey was last updated in November 2010.
B.A., Psychology with honors, Stanford University
Ph.D., Clinical/Health Psychology, Ohio State University
Internship and Post-doctoral fellowship, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center
Number of years in practice:
I have been a health and wellness researcher since 1995; I have had over 10 years of clinical experiences including advance training and work with medical patients, older adults, and caregivers.
Number of years in practice with patients who have TMS: About 9 years.
Number of patients you have seen who have had TMS:
I have seen between 100-200 TMS patients over the years. The numbers vary from 5%-25% of my clientele depending on the setting. I have worked in a variety of settings ranging from university medical centers, local mental health clinics, to private practices. I also consult with hospice, faith communities, and agencies serving older adults.
What is your association to the TMS community?
I am a health psychologist who works with individuals with a variety of medical conditions. TMS is a fairly common issue. I am familiar with Dr. Sarno's work and other individuals who have made significant contribution to this field. I am really glad to be a part of this particular TMS community. Based on the postings I have read, there is a strong sense of mutual support, openness, and creative synergy. I look forward to meeting everyone and help to keep the resource up-to-date and available.
Have you ever suffered from TMS?
I had a dramatic personal experience with back pain. About two years ago, I was attacked by a Tibetan Mastiff while visiting an elderly client in her home. Coming from the right side behind me, the 200-pound dog jumped on me and knocked me down. It also bit and scratched me in several places before I made my escape. My immediate concern, of course, was to treat the bites and scratches that were mostly on my arms. Other than the acute pain from these injuries, I had no problem with my back or elsewhere at the time. Nearly two months after the attack, I received two pieces of difficult news in one day: my husband was laid off from work and my parents suffered a major financial loss. Afterwards, my back gave out practically overnight. I woke up the next day with a severe lower back pain that I had never experienced in my life up to that point. Over the next few days, the pain became progressively worse to the point I could not even walk, stand, or sit. The only bearable position was lying on my back with my legs slightly bent. Meanwhile, my torso became literally crooked; my right side, where the dog had hurled itself at me, was bent like a street sign post after it was rammed by a car. It took almost a year for me to completely recover. Thankfully, I was able to draw upon my experience working with TMS patients and use an integrative, mind-body approach to work through this challenge. Today, I am completely pain free, my body is once again straight, and I have gained invaluable insights, as well as a deep appreciation for others who face their pain with perseverance and determination.
Are you able to conduct therapy sessions over the phone?
I do not conduct therapy sessions over the phone. However, I do offer free initial phone consultation to help prospective clients better determine whether they would like to work with me. While I mainly serve clients throughout Boulder County, Colorado, I have had clients coming from as far as Colorado Springs (4-hour round trip) regularly for their appointments.
What insurance plans do you currently accept?
I currently accept Aetna, United Behavioral Health, Humana, and Mental Health Network.
Do you have a sliding scale of payment for people who are not covered by insurance?
Absolutely. I use a sliding scale of payment for people without insurance or whose insurance I do not accept. I personally believe that highly effectively therapy can be affordable and I work very hard with my clients to get them the help they need.
What have you done to educate yourself about TMS, and what plans do you have for further education about TMS?
This is a challenging field and I continue to learn new things about it almost constantly. I have recently read Dr. David Clarke's book “They Can't Find Anything Wrong!” and I highly recommend it to patients and professionals alike. I keep myself abreast of what is new by reading, attending conferences, and consulting with colleagues. Most of all, I continue to learn from my patients!
As we are going to post your answers on the TMS Wiki, feel free to write some text to introduce yourself:
Dr. Evana Henri is a licensed clinical/health psychologist specializing in mind-body wellness. She is passionate about helping people achieve a healthy lifestyle, fulfilling career, good work/life balance, and satisfying relationships. Her clients experience significant changes and success in a relatively short amount of time because she:
- Uses effective treatment modalities and techniques such as Mindfulness-Based-Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (MBCT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), and Brainspotting
- Designs a personalized treatment approach with each client based on his/her unique strengths and preferences;
- Empowers her clients by teaching them skills they can use for life.
In addition to working with individuals through psychotherapy and evidence-based life coaching, Evana periodically conducts a popular grief/loss journaling support group and is available for giving presentations on mental health and overall wellness issues.
Evana Henri has been a health and wellness researcher since 1995, studying key variables in promoting regular physical activity. She has over 10 years of clinical experience including advance training working with medical patients, older adults, and caregivers. She used to serve on the geriatric team of Boulder County Mental Health Center, where she worked with older adults with severe and chronic mental health illness in the community, assisted living, and nursing homes. Currently, she is on the provider referral list for several non-profit organizations including the Hospice Care of Boulder and Broomfield Counties. She is also a caregiver coach for an online company that provides resources for caregivers of older adults.
Evana received a B.A. with honors in Psychology from Stanford University and Ph.D. in Clinical/Health psychology from Ohio State University. She also completed a hospital-based internship and a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center and the Neuropsychiatric Institute.
Please visit her website: www.accessyoureverest.com
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