Psychotherapy for Your Overall Well-Being
Psychotherapy for Your Overall Well-Being
Hypnotherapy, EMDR Therapy & Spiritual Psychology
Some clients have particular treatment goals that are more easily and effectively addressed through hypnotherapy. Such goals can include desires to: stop smoking, lose weight, overcome phobias, stop nail biting, reduce stress and anxiety, manage anger, improve study habits, and increase self-esteem and self-confidence.
A specialized psychotherapeutic approach, EMDR Therapy requires a screening and assessment process to evaluate the appropriateness of a client’s readiness before proceeding. This is determined by a protocol that is mandated by the EMDR International Association. Just as any other psychotherapeutic approach, the screening and assessment process can take up to 2-4 sessions. Only then can a determination be made as to whether or when to proceed with the eight phase protocol. Through bi-lateral stimulation, EMDR Therapy desensitizes traumatic images and memories and allows them to be reprocessed as "normal" images and memories instead of remaining "frozen" ones that may otherwise interfere with one's enjoyment of life.
Most clients who complete EMDR Therapy notice that it erases former negative ways of thinking about a targeted situation(s) and about oneself, and helps to lower emotional intensity – almost like having your brain rewired for the better!
I believe that one of the reasons we are here on Earth is to learn how to love and accept ourselves more (for both our "positive" and "negative" attributes), particularly if we didn't get the benefit of having the loving parents we wanted. When we can look at life as a learning opportunity, and view our behaviors and others' behaviors from a more elevated perspective, we can begin to appreciate the difficulties of our humanness and be kinder and less judgmental towards ourselves and others. From such a vantage point, we can also discover and apply the compassionate forgiveness that will contribute to feeling and being more whole and content with ourselves and our lives.
Many of us know or suspect that our parent(s) love(d) us. They just haven't or didn't love us the way we want(ed) or need(ed). For various reasons, most often having to do with our parents' limitations as human beings, we can't always get what we need or want from them. When we finally realize and accept that, we can grieve the loss. Still, we need to get the love we want from somewhere and often look to other relationships to fill up a sense of emptiness. Ultimately, however, we're best to look for love inside ourselves - where it truly resides - instead of as a reflection in someone else. So, counseling with the use of a spiritual psychology approach essentially becomes a way to learn to love yourself more - with a guide. Allow me be your guide on your journey to wholeness.
Frequently Asked Questions
Psychotherapy sessions generally consist of listening to what a client has to say and then responding with a comment or question. I refrain from giving advice, as I prefer to empower my clients to find their own answers and initiate their own changes through a process of facilitating greater awareness about themselves and their issues. Our sessions will be about talking and exchanging ideas. I have found that what is helpful is to join you on this journey of discovery by listening and understanding and to offer questions that stir curiosity in you. With this new understanding of your thoughts, feelings and behaviors, you are freed up to see more choices and make better decisions. At times you might find me quiet. I encourage you to ask me any questions at any time so we can understand the meaning of things. In most cases, it will be imperative that an awareness occur on both a mental and emotional level before answers can be had or desired changes can be implemented.
It is normal and natural for strong feelings to arise during the course of psychotherapy. It is not unusual for a client’s symptoms to become more pronounced during the course of therapy, although therapy sessions generally assist a client in coping with the experience of painful feelings, difficult memories, or problems relating to others.
What is hypnotherapy? Hypnotherapy is therapy performed under a state of hypnosis. What, then, is therapy? It is anything that helps to move someone toward greater health and wholeness. So what, then, is hypnosis? Hypnosis is a heightened state of suggestibility that is achieved by following directions. Can everyone be hypnotized? Anyone of normal intelligence, who is willing to follow directions, can be hypnotized.
How long has hypnosis been an approved modality? The American Medical Association approved hypnosis over 50 years ago - in 1958.
What can hypnotherapy be used for? Among other things, hypnotherapy has been known to be effective for many who want to stop smoking, lose weight, overcome phobias, stop nail biting, reduce stress and anxiety, manage anger, improve study habits, and increase self-esteem and confidence.
EMDR Therapy’s reprocessing and desensitization phase involves bi-lateral stimulation of a client’s vision, hearing and/or physical senses, by way of watching an electronic light bar move from right to left, listening to alternating auditory stimulation through headphones and/or holding electronically alternating pulsers – all of which serve to activate and better integrate certain structures in the brain. EMDR Therapy has been approved by the National Institute for Mental Health and is “highly recommended” by the Department of Veteran Affairs and Department of Defense for the treatment of trauma. Additional information about how EMDR Therapy works may be found on the EMDR International Therapy Association website.