SilverStrong Counseling and Fitness
Mark Neese, LCSW, BCBA, has spent the past decade developing tools to work with Senior Adults. Mark is a Certified Personal Trainer with The American Council on Exercise (ACE) In addition, he is a Senior Fitness and Functional Aging Specialist with ACE. He has a specialty in Weight Management from ACE and has a certification in Holistic Nutrition from the American Fitness Professionals Association.
Mark has a passion for working with Senior Adults and has developed SilverStrong.
This program utilizes a holistic approach for working with individuals entering their senior years (65+), or those seniors that need emotional or physical support in their senior years.
SilverStrong is a program that promotes healthy aging. This program focuses on the mind AND body, to include balance (fall prevention) and nutrition.
As we age, we enter a phase of our life where we want to begin looking inward. We want to answer the question. “How did I become the person who I am now?”
This involves memory work. Carl Jung described this as Shadow Work. Mark has been a student of Jung over this past decade and practices, Jungian-Inspired Psychotherapy.
Jungian-Inspired Psychotherapy (JI-P) is a form of talk therapy designed to bring together the conscious and unconscious parts of the psyche to help a person feel balanced. J-IP calls for the person to delve into the deeper and often darker elements of the mind and look at the “real” self rather than the self they present to the outside world.
Providing this type of counseling and therapy has been helpful for my clients in understanding thoughts and behaviors, but this often stirs curiosity for greater insight. I believe that through deep reflection and analysis, we uncover greater awareness and the unconscious process that leads to a next level of enlightenment, the Self. This is where I focus my practice, collaborating with you to develop meaning, distinguish direction, uncover awareness of the unconscious, and finding purpose, while building the necessary ego strength to face this often challenging yet rewarding pilgrimage.
There can be many challenges to being married or in a committed relationship in your 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. These challenges include:
1. Learning to live together after retirement,
2. Providing support for each other when health issues arise,
3. Coping with the loss of friends and loved ones,
4. Navigating the difficulties of adult children and extended family members,
5. Overcoming depression and anxiety due to the challenges of the elder years.
Marriage can be very challenging throughout any phase of life, but especially during the elder years. SilverStrong Counseling and Fitness provides couples a chance to sit down with a Therapist and sort through the difficulties.
Aging and Loss Counseling
Later life has been typically seen as a time of loss, and when we face the challenges that come with those losses. These losses include:
1. Sensory and physical losses
2. The loss of one’s job.
3. Family members and friends may die.
4. The loss of one’s home.
At SilverStrong Counseling and Fitness, we address the challenges of aging by helping our clients adjust to the losses in life. This is done by helping them find new purposes in life, helping them to broaden their social support system, and helping them to become more mentally and physically resilient.
Functional Training and Nutrition
As we age, we will face several challenges.
The two that we focus on at SilverStrong are issues associated with loss of memory and the increased risk of falling as we age.
SilverStrong focuses on helping Active Agers become more resilient mentally and physically.
There is very strong evidence that exercise and nutrition play a very strong role in becoming and maintaining resiliency, the ability to “bounce back” after experiencing a difficulty.
Mark uses his studies and experiences in fitness and nutrition to prepare Active Agers for potential difficulties that they are likely to encounter.