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Daryush Parvinbenam Explores Embodied Contemplative Practices

Daryush Parvinbenam is a trauma therapist who has been using embodied contemplative practices as a means of accelerating trauma recovery via improved resilience and coping skills training.

Daryush Parvinbenam reported meditation research is increasingly focusing on the positive impacts of mindfulness practices. Leading clinicians, practitioners, and researchers, are providing convincing evidence for the effectiveness of embodied mindfulness practices. Perhaps the most convincing research regarding the importance of integrating mindfulness and embodies practices has come through different neuroimaging research techniques. These neurobiologically based imaging technologies are providing tangible scientific explanations, and biological reasoning for the benefits of these mindfulness practices, and their short-term and long-term impacts and benefits.

“Broadly speaking, trauma treatment takes two main forms: top-down and bottom-up,” says Daryush Parvinbenam, commenting from his office in Franklin County, Ohio. Both, he goes on to explain, these two approaches work synergistically to calm reactivity that, it’s known, blocks resilience. Embodied techniques are bottom-up trauma treatment approaches, that  Unfortunately were ignored, until recently. Prominent trauma researchers/practitioners like Dr. Bessel Van-Der Kolk have effectively demonstrated the importance of engagement of the embodied approaches. In the light of these findings importance of integrating top-down and bottom-up techniques in the clinical treatment of trauma survivors becomes paramount, says Daryush Parvinbenam. Together, top-down and bottom-up are strategies of processing used in various settings, including science and medicine, as well as management and organization more generally. In practice, they can broadly be considered a style of teaching, thinking, or within management, for example—leadership.

For over 20 years, Parvinbenam has served in a variety of clinical capacities covering dual diagnoses, mental health, substance abuse, and other mental health issues. The clinician has also worked in a number of supervisory positions and holds master’s degrees in mental health counseling and community health education.

At the present, Daryush Parvinbenam is a licensed clinical counselor in Columbus, Ohio. With a supervisory designation as a supervising counselor, Parvinbenam is currently in private practice in the Gahanna, suburb of Columbus, Ohio. During his career, he has served in a combination of clinical, academic, and supervisory capacities in both private and agency-based settings.

As a clinician, Parvinbenam is most interested in the role of the two approaches in corrective body visualization and expressive movement and energizing breath control. A small volume of research now completed over the course of several decades has yielded compelling findings, he reports. “Powerful theories link embodied contemplative practices to the biology of human resilience, especially in terms of top-down approaches,” the clinician points out.

Outside of his direct clinical work, Parvinbenam was a training member of the Cuyahoga County Trauma Collaborative, part of the Ohio county’s Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services board. In his free time, he enjoys a range of hobbies and interests, including yoga, meditation, reading, and spending time with his close friends and family on the nearest beach.

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