Your life can be more fulfilling if you pay close attention to how you feel, improve the existing relationships in your life, and
feel integrated with the people in your environment. It is that simple.
The goal of my work is to help you feel your best in the present. My approach is to use a custom blend of the treatment modalities that I
have acquired through 25 years of professional practice. The modalities we use will be uniquely tailored to your particular needs, based on what your symptoms are and where you are in your lifecycle.
My style is warm and relational; I will listen carefully and offer thoughts and observations to help you. I will work with you to create
a healthy relationship in your therapy, so that you can take this experience and use it in your relationships outside of therapy.
In psychodynamic psychotherapy you work to develop insights into how
your current symptoms have emerged out of relationships in your past. You grow to understand how aspects of your current behavior are manifestations of your ongoing response to these prior events.
The goals of treatment include an increase in self-awareness, including how your past effects the present; an ability to maintain
healthier relationships within yourself and with others; and a happier existence in the present. We may also discuss how the dynamics of your relationship with me might mimic other relationships in your life, so
that you can create lasting change in all your relationships.
Systems Theory/Interpersonal Therapy
"The whole is greater than the sum of its parts."
You live your life among groups of people with whom you are deeply interconnected: family, co-workers, neighbors, friends, and people in
Often, the symptoms that you experience within yourself are the result of breakdowns in these interconnected relationships: communication
problems, unspoken dynamics between two or more people that need to be addressed, or even larger breakdowns in the social systems as a whole.
The goals of treatment consist of increased awareness and communication within these systems. You will notice that symptoms will
lessen, you will be able to develop more successful coping strategies, and you will be able to communicate in healthier ways.
Your mind and your body are intertwined. Emotional stresses in your life can take a toll on your physical body, and physical
vulnerabilities can affect the way that you think about yourself and cope with your environment.
I teach a number of mind/body techniques, including relaxation exercises, visualization exercises, and stress reduction techniques.
Many of my clients worry that they won't be able to master these skills when, in fact, they are quite easy to achieve with practice and instruction.
I will teach you to listen to your body. You will learn a variety of useful techniques, including breathing exercises, guided imagery, and
hypnotherapy. Additional treatment goals include paying closer attention to your daily schedule, such as getting good sleep, observing proper hygiene, and increasing your appreciation of your
day-to-day life. These practices will help you access greater control over your mind and body.
How you think about things governs how you feel emotionally and physically. Cognitive/Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a short-term
treatment modality that will help you change your thinking process in order to have a more optimistic outlook, enhance your mood, and make changes in your behaviors to become a healthier person.
I will teach you to pinpoint the negative thoughts that prevent you from behaving in productive ways, and as a result, you will be able to
achieve your goals. Your depression and anxiety will diminish as you gain more acceptance of yourself as you are. This can be accomplished in either short-term or long-term therapy.
Hypnosis is simply a deep state of relaxation and focused attention. While doing hypnosis you will feel more comfortable in your body, suprised by your ability to use your own internal resources which can help you re-learn more effective ways of thinking and feeling. As a result, your past,
present, and future will be more positive.
You can see me for hypnosis to combat a particular issue while you are working with another therapist, or I might suggest using hypnosis as
one component among many in your individual therapy with me.
I also provide supervision to clinicians on the use of hypnosis, and teach internationally at major hypnosis conferences.
Footprintings™ is a dynamic new treatment approach that I have assisted in creating and teaching. It is an effective method to work with parts—or ego states—and to help resolve relationship difficulties.
Clients simply choose color Footprints to represent and explore different parts of themselves (ego states) or to represent unresolved dynamics with other people. This is a powerful and quick process that shifts experiences, insights, and feelings. I often use this in conjunction with psychotherapy and hypnosis. Clients who use Footprintings are surprised by the positive treatment outcome, and clinicians utilize it as a therapeutic tool to make treatment shorter, powerful and lasting.
For more information, please visit: www.footprintings.com.