Ingrida Danytė - the founder of EmbodiFi, co-founder of the online platform "Embodied Practice," somatic movement therapist, and an information technology specialist.
Ingrida, how would you introduce yourself?
At this moment, I meet a diligent and self-ambitious self.
What are your hobbies?
I love to travel and experience new places and cultures, getting to know people. During every trip, I aim to find a friend. People, communication, and being together bring the greatest wealth. I also enjoy live music and dancing.
How do you take care of yourself?
Morning exercise, Authentic Movement practice, sports, and being in nature are my favorite ways to take care of myself. Movement and nature help my mind, body, and soul come together, providing clarity. I also allocate time for genuine interaction with friends and loved ones. I enjoy reading and doing crafts.
What inspired you to work with children, teenagers, and families?
Joy encompasses seeing how life leads to a calling. Even as a teenager, I began playing and teaching children music together with their families, but at that time, I had no plans to continue working with children. After school, I delved into information technology, but I never strayed far from children. The knowledge and skills gained during my body therapy studies, along with my strong ability to play and lead others into the game, left no doubt about the direction to continue in. I see this work as my heart's work. Meeting families on their journey and hearing their stories fills me with great respect. I feel privileged to contribute even a small part to each family's journey towards a meaningful and vibrant life.
Is online therapy effective for children and teenagers?
The COVID-19 pandemic created new opportunities to explore the effectiveness of online therapy. Research has shown that online therapy can be as effective as in-person therapy, especially if children and teenagers use technology in their daily routine for communication with family and friends. However, it's important to note that online therapy may not be suitable for children and teenagers in critical or crisis situations, prone to self-harm, or suffering from severe mental illness.
What is the advantage of EmbodiFi compared to traditional therapy?
EmbodiFi offers a unique and progressive remote way to experience the benefits of body therapy for children and their parents. I am delighted to be here because I believe that the body and movement therapy plans offered by EmbodiFi not only help reconnect with oneself, others, and the world but also create opportunities for body and movement therapy to become more flexible and accessible. When planning therapy, we consider the family's goals, time, and budget.
When is it more appropriate to work on parenting skills rather than individual therapy with a child or teenager?
It depends on the situation. Each family's circumstances are different, so we tailor therapy accordingly. In general, most families benefit from combining all aspects - individual work with the child or teenager, family activities, and consultations for parents. After all, we all have room to grow and improve.
How can one determine if EmbodiFi services are suitable for a child or teenager?
In our practice, we focus on families who notice concerning changes in their children and teenagers in their early stages. Our goal is to provide children and parents with tools to address challenges before they become significant and complex. We have created seven body therapy plans to address common issues in children and teenagers. These plans can be customized to each family's needs. We will help you choose the best plan during the first meeting. So, anyone interested is invited to schedule a free introductory conversation!
A BROADER LOOK
What fascinates you the most in the field of health and wellness?
I am fascinated by the wisdom of the body, which leads to a deeper connection with oneself, others, and the world. I am also very intrigued by the opportunity to create innovative, easily accessible methods for strengthening the health and emotional resilience of children and teenagers by combining body and movement therapy with technology.
In your opinion, how will mental health care change in the next 5-10 years?
As technology advances rapidly in many areas, I believe that we will feel its impact even more strongly in the field of mental health in the future. I also hope that a holistic approach to the individual (coming from the mental health field) will become a larger part of every visit to any healthcare provider, where the person's history will be taken into account, and attention will be paid to the body, mind, and emotions. I also hope that in the future, there will be less stigma around mental health for young people.
Want to talk to Ingrida? Schedule a free 20-minute introductory video call.