I often use several of these
approaches in the same session. They compliment each other and help
you feel better sooner and easier.
Insight therapy means examining your life in such a way that you gain
insight into what has happened to you and why you react in the ways
you do. You learn how your patterns of thinking, behaving and feeling
developed; how they may have been successful coping skills in your
family of origin, but they may not work well in your relationships
now. You’ll learn how to be more flexible and less reactive to what
goes on around you. You’ll feel happier, calmer, and more satisfied.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
is learning your own self-talk. First you'll learn how to examine
your thinking patterns, and then learn how to change negative ones
into positive, productive and effective ones. You'll learn how to
think positively about yourself and others.
Hypnosis is a state of inner absorption, concentration and
focused attention. When our minds are concentrated and focused, it
seems that we're able to use them more powerfully to accomplish our
goals, whether they be to feel better, change a habit, reduce pain,
recover from an injury, prepare for surgery, fall asleep easily, or
understand why we feel certain ways or do certain things. All
hypnosis is self-hypnosis.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a
powerful new method of doing psychotherapy. By the end of the session,
most people report a great reduction in their level of disturbance
about the issue or event.
Sometimes we will focus directly on your behavior and talk
about how to reward yourself so you perform positive and effective
behaviors more often, or we'll focus on how to change your behavior to
eliminate or reduce negative, ineffective or self-destructive
Couples counseling has a special focus on communication,
problem solving, negotiation, values clarification and empathy skills,
as two people work together to resolve issues. Couples learn to repair
a damaged emotional connection.
Parents often call to consult about their children. They may have a
problem that needs professional attention. Some parents may want
advice on how to handle normal developmental stages or they may want
information about appropriate and effective discipline.
It is very helpful for a family to listen, learn, express
feelings and ideas, and problem-solve with a skilled therapist present
For more information, please click on
Emotional Fitness Program
for Women and the Graduate Group.
Play therapy is designed for children up to the age of about 12 years
old. Some children find it difficult to talk directly about their
problems. Instead of “saying” their problems, they “play” their
problems. Play is their primary form of both communication and the
working through of issues to resolution.
Visual imagery helps you understand yourself better, pin-point what is
bothering you, solve problems, and develop your vision for your
future. It is an excellent tool for emotional, physical and spiritual
healing. Click on “About
the Bear” for an example.
Meditation and Relaxation for
Health and Healing
Learn how to calm your bodies and mind to promote good health and
enhance healing. Please see my
Guided Imagery Collection.
"What is the meaning in my life?" "What is the meaning of my loved
one in my life now that he/she has died?" "How will I recover from
this grief?" “What does spirituality mean to me?” Exploring your
spiritual beliefs and experiences will help answer these and other
questions and brings you comfort and peace.
Figure out what you can and cannot change in your environment and what
inside yourself needs to change. You’ll find that although some of the
same things may be happening in your life, your responses to them will
be calmer and thus, you’ll feel less stressed.