Dennis M. Pelon

Dennis M. Pelon, Ph.D., C-IAYT

Treatment Philosophy and Focus
My approach to treatment of PTSD, pain, depression and anxiety has evolved over the past 35 years beginning with the use of Hypnosis and Biofeedback for anxiety and pain conditions, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for anxiety and depression and Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD. While satisfactory results were obtained, these treatments often seemed incomplete. It wasn’t until 2013 when I taught my first Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Class that I realized what was missing: the mind/body connection. My approach to therapy now blends the best of Eastern and Western contributions to healing and wellness: EMDR and Mindfulness, as well as traditional Western Medicine and Psychology. I now view therapy as a stepwise process. First, we build a “base of calm” with evidenced-based yogic breathing practices and meditations before processing and metabolizing the underlying trauma memories being triggered by daily events. It is only when breathing practices and meditations have become second nature with practice that processing can begin. Decision making regarding these steps in the treatment process are mutual decisions, honoring at all times the need to feel secure with sufficient resources onboard before proceeding. The journey to wholeness is achieved by an in-the-moment collaboration between therapist and patient with mutual learning. Drawing upon knowledge and experience as a neuropsychologist and yoga therapist, practices and procedures are selected to directly effect the underlying nervous system and mind/body systems involved where trauma is stored, and symptoms activated. This treatment is empowering for most, as the patient is a full participant in the change process, not a passive recipient of the treatment. This is a skills-based, not a talk based therapy. With a newfound sense of security, a felt sense of presence and a sense of wellbeing, most are then ready to develop an “adult voice” to set limits and boundaries and negotiate give-and-take in their relationships which are now sustainable and supportive as the therapy process is completed.

Dr. Pelon has been a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist in the State of Michigan for 35 years. He has practiced as a Registered Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist for 8 years and Certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists 4 years ago.

Services have been provided in inpatient medical and psychiatric, as well as rehabilitation settings and outpatient interdisciplinary and private practice settings.

Education and Experience
B.A. Psychology, University of Michigan Flint (1975)
M.A. Clinical Psychology, Central Michigan University (1977)
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Florida Institute of Technology (1983)
Post-Doctoral Training in Clinical Neuropsychology Central Michigan University and Neuroscience Division of Mid-Michigan Hospital, Midland Michigan (1984-87)

Further Training
Brain Longevity Specialist Certification, Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation (2019)
Certificate of Completion of EMDR Training (2017)
Yoga Therapy Training, Samyoga Institute, Columbus, Ohio (2013-2016) Yoga Teacher Training, Om Bodies Yoga Studio, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan (2012-2013)
Prolonged Exposure Therapy Training (2002)

Specializations
Adults aged 18-100:

  • EMDR
  • Mindfulness
  • PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Pain
  • Conversion Disorders
  • Disorders where psychological factors are affecting medical conditions
  • Yoga Therapy