CE: Training The Brain to Heal Painful Habits
Lehigh Valley Psychological and Counseling Association
CE: Training The Brain to Heal Painful Habits


Psychological & Counseling


Established 1966

CE: Training The Brain to Heal Painful Habits

CE: Training The Brain to Heal Painful Habits

(3 CE credit program)

Registration 1:15pm, Program 1:45pm – 5:00pm.

Presenter – Dr. Alexandra Milspaw (M.Ed., Ph.D), a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Sex Therapist, specializing in Sexuality, Trauma, and Chronic Pain.


Dr. Alexandra Milspaw has been practicing counseling and providing educational seminars and trainings for over 10 years. She is available for professional consultations and trainings, specifically around chronic pain, trauma, pelvic, sexual and genital pain disorders. Dr. Milspaw is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist and licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the state of Pennsylvania. She earned her Masters of Education in Counseling Psychology and Human Services from Lehigh University and earned her PhD in the clinical practice of Human Sexuality from Widener University. Dr. Milspaw is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), Certified Master NLP Practitioner, Certified Consulting Hypnotist and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Trainer and Consultant. Her private practice is 4Directions Counseling, LLC located in Bethlehem, PA. She also provides telehealth sessions for national and international clients. Dr. Milspaw is on the faculty of the International Pelvic Pain Society and a professional member of the American Counseling Association, AASECT, National Guild of Hypnotists, and the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP).


Dr. Milspaw’s presentation will review the biomechanics of chronic stress, trauma, and chronic pain. She will review the latest research on how mindfulness and related techniques reverse the damage on the brain and nervous system. She will end the presentation with a demonstration of easy-to-learn and easy-to-apply mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe at least three biological changes that occur in the brain with chronic stress, trauma, and/or pain.
  2. Describe at least three mindfulness-based brain exercises that heal the brain’s physiology.
  3. Explain how pain creates “painful” habits in the brain.
  4. Explain how pain is processed in the brain and nervous system.
  5. List three interventions that bridge the science of pain with the therapeutic healing of trauma.