Sharon Watson Leads JP’s Treatment Effort in Franklin

by Chris Clancy

February 6, 2019

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Since its opening last summer, JourneyPure Franklin has taken on an important role in the local community, thanks to the leadership of our primary therapist there, Sharon Watson, LCSW.

Watson is the leader in all group and individual therapy sessions at JourneyPure Franklin, which was recently tapped to provide not only addiction treatment and co-occurring mental health disorders but mental health treatment only.

Sharon Watson—or “Sheri” as she is known—has been in practice for more than 20 years, with specific concentration in mental health and addiction recovery over the past eight.

“I absolutely love this work,” Watson said. “Recovery opens up every possibility for creative change and the opportunity for individuals to do such great healing work.”

A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, Watson says she leans heavily on attachment theory—the psychological model that explores the dynamics of relationships among people—and the neuroscience of trauma, addiction, and recovery.

“I believe in the healing power of presence and of right-brain to right-brain attunement, which has been shown to alter neural pathways and provide a corrective attachment experience, which is at the core of healing and recovery.”

Watson’s experience and philosophy slots in well with that of JourneyPure. For instance, while Watson believes that effective therapy involves the therapist and patient addressing the mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health of the patient, JourneyPure believes in providing a safe space for clients to work through any emotional issues they might have.

In medical terms, this means that Watson and JourneyPure Franklin provide “trauma-informed care.” Of course, “trauma-informed care” is a broad term, but it is this broadness that allows the intensive outpatient program of JourneyPure Franklin to offer a variety of mental health programming, including:

      Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

      Mindfulness

      Psychoeducation

      Motivational Interviewing (MI)

      Breathwork

      Therapeutic principles of yoga

      Attachment repair

      Spiritual exploration and connection

“I believe our bodies hold onto the trauma we’ve experienced throughout life, and that movement meditation or other somatic experiences are essential for healing,” Watson said. “It helps individuals immensely to learn how they’re wired, how their brains work, and the ways in which we can all change our experience of both our inner and outer worlds with ongoing shifts in perspective.”

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