About Emerge

, the Adams-Tynan Clinical Foundation (ATCF) is a nonprofit therapeutic organization founded by Luke Adams and Chad Tynan and led by trained, intuitive, Somatic, Environmental, and Transpersonal healers. We believe in practicing both good science and great art. People come to work with us when they want to sort out their hearts and heads and when they want help removing obstacles to their achievement of their own human potentials. We believe in a humane approach to well-being and recovery for the entire person who lives in an interconnected world.


Part of our target client population are individuals who are considered “marginalized.” What that means is that, often, these persons cannot afford to pay privately (or do not have adequate medical insurance) for this expert level of counseling, treatment, education and consulting (which even medical insurance often does not cover). Among these are persons who are struggling with maintaining adequate housing, people who have difficulty functioning in “consensus” society, persons engaged in marginal sex work (or who may be working under oppressive sex work conditions), and persons facing other economic, cultural, and social conditions which hamper their ability to access excellent care. Additionally, persons who may well have the capacity to pay may be considered marginalized by virtue of race, culture, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, familial or relationship structures, or sexualities that are outside of the “mainstream.”

Holistic treatment focuses on the whole person while supporting the person to live with balance and health. Helping to redefine a person’s priorities and life parameters, incorporating a holistic approach in treatment, allows individuals to create their own customized plans with professionals and experts in many fields. By providing clients with a combination of traditional and cutting-edge treatment therapies, we exponentially increase their chances of maintaining and sustaining recovery, giving them the tools to live healthy and fulfilling lives on all levels.

We work to offer or refer to a broad range of tools and consultations for the healing of mind, body, and spirit—including psychotherapy, acupuncture, nutritional counseling and herbology, reiki and other energy therapies, and hypnosis, as well as referral to other psychotherapeutic specialists, yoga, spiritual direction, physical fitness and massage, art and music, chiropractic, osteopathic, allopathic, and psychiatric medical practitioners. We also believe in helping to build and heal community. We additionally seek to offer some continuing education and intern supervision.FullSizeRender[2]_1

We operate first from the standpoint of the most up-to-date scientific systems models and physics research: Fourth Order Cybernetics. That means that, in healing, we take a holistic and spiritualist—rather than materialist—view of mind and body, and we pay attention to what happens when a system redefines itself within its larger, co-defining context. We honor a broad diversity of gender, sexual, and relationship expressions. We specialize in relationships, mood issues, substance use issues, sexual issues, spiritual direction, life coaching, recovery coaching, and wellness.

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The environmental, transpersonal, and somatic (holistic psychotherapy) worldview: Humans are multidimensional sentient beings comprised of spirit, mind, and body, and the human being exists within an interactive contingent reality composed of systems and environments. Humans have awareness (consciousness) about their inner lives and their outer interactions, as well as sub-awareness (a subconscious which is not operating at the level of mindfulness), and a hidden awareness (unconscious buried material that impacts cognitions/feelings and behaviors, and which has an individual locus but is also connected to a collective locus). Humans, for good or ill (depending on their superconscious formations), act to meet their five great instincts, and they generally use agency to do so in either a pro-social ("productive orientation") or anti-social ("entropic orientation") manner.

The five great instincts:

1. To be part-of
2. To have power to achieve
3. To exercise liberty of individual agency
4. To play and relax.
5. To sustain one's survival

When a person or a relationship system recognizes dysfunction and seeks to -- or is made to seek to -- fix it, the environmental, transpersonal, and somatic worldview utilizes an approach based on fourth-order cybernetics.

The following are some of the better treatment techniques for mental and emotional health function concerns (apart from specific medication and touch interventions), and they all build on each other:

1) Experiential/Symbolic Therapy (authenticity and humane rapport; relatedness even in mentorship; collaboration, playfulness)
2) Object Relations Therapy and Control-Mastery Therapy (how did we developmentally get here and how do we master the tough parts?) plus Integrative Meaning Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (existential and values approaches)
3) Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Strategic Therapy (direct instruction, reality-testing, comparing internal and external logic to achieve reason, rolling with resistance, confronting irrationality)
4) Emotionally Focused Therapy (genuine and open feeling, relying on trusted team members, having healthy boundaries and attachments, more fulfilling experience of being part-of)
5) Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Bowen Family Therapy, (seeing the schemes, empowering "right-sized" self-esteem, challenging the scripts, writing new ones, mindfulness, distress tolerance, self-regulating of emotional reactions, strategic and deep/honest communicating, restructuring thought and feeling and action by using countervailing behaviors)
6) Gestalt Therapy (feel it rather than simply intellectualize it, look at somatic and work on them, consciously integrate the environment, the systems, and the internal compartments).
7) Solution-Focused (envision your ideal, reduce risk and harm to personally acceptable levels, build on strengths) Therapy

A good therapist who has a theoretical orientation that is environmental, transpersonal, and somatic, will integrate tools from all of these therapeutic techniques. The therapist will not be bound to the theory behind the techniques, but will conduct an integrative therapy based from within the environmental, somatic, and transpersonal (holistic psychotherapy) theoretical worldview. The therapist will act to help patients gain not only further expertise about themselves, but also to gain effective tools to live more fulfilling lives with more fulfilling relationships.
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