Acerca de

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it,

change your attitude.”

                                           

                     Maya Angelou

APPROACH TO THERAPY

You are the expert in your life.  I am simply on this journey with you to help make you make connections, identify moments of strength, gain a better understanding of yourself and offer useful strategies to help shift or reduce unwanted thoughts, feelings, sensations, etc. My commitment is to help you achieve your own personal wellness and I will work with you in a way that best meets your personal needs.

 

All of the therapeutic interventions listed below are evidence based practices and offer wonderful ways to help you release stuck problem states (physical, psychological, emotional) which no longer serve you.

 

Here are some of the areas which can be addressed:

 

  • Anxiety and panic attacks

  • Depression

  • Stress

  • Phobias

  • Complicated grief

  • Addictions

  • Pain relief

  • Self-esteem and performance anxiety

  • PTSD

  • Relationship challenges

Internal Family Systems (IFS)

 

The Internal Family Systems (IFS) model was developed by Richard Schwartz, PhD.   

According to Richard Schwartz:

“IFS is a transformative, evidence-based psychotherapy that helps people heal by accessing and loving their protective and wounded inner parts. We believe the mind is naturally multiple and that is a good thing. Just like members of a family, inner parts are forced from their valuable states into extreme roles within us. We also all have a core Self. Self is in everyone. It can’t be damaged. It knows how to heal.”

IFS focuses on healing the wounded parts and restoring mental balance and harmony by changing the dynamics that create difficulties or conflict between our internal parts and the Self.  This model provides an opportunity to respect, explore and understand the parts of you that have been hurt, along with the parts that help you to survive. Getting to know and support these parts allows you to connect to your own energy of healing and provide an opportunity to create inner harmony.

For more information go to:

https://ifs-institute.com/

 

Image Transformation Therapy (ImTT)

 

ImTT was developed by Dr. Robert Miller.  ImTT is a gentle therapy that releases the pain, fear, guilt, and/or shame of trauma and other upsetting life experiences without the person needing to intensely experience the feelings.   

 

It can also effectively target negative cognitions/beliefs (i.e., “I am not good enough”), negative stuck embedded feelings (“I feel trapped,”), feelings of grief, etc., allowing unwanted thoughts, feelings, sensations to be released from both the mind and the body leaving one feeling lighter and calmer.

 

For more information go to:

http://www.imttherapy.com/

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR was developed by Francine Shapiro.  EMDR therapy is a phased, focused approach to treating trauma and intrusive symptoms (unwanted feelings, sensations, images, flashbacks, etc.) by reconnecting the traumatized person in a safe and measured way to the images, self-thoughts, emotions, and body sensations associated with the disturbing life experiences.  This process allows the natural healing powers of the brain to move toward a positive resolution of negative life events. 

 

EMDR therapy focuses directly on the memory, and is intended to change the way that the memory is stored in the brain, thus reducing and eliminating the problematic symptoms.  Over time, this will help your brain reprocess the memories so that they no longer cause as much emotional pain.

 

For more information go to:

https://emdrcanada.org/emdr-defined/

 

http://www.emdria.org/

Hypnotherapy

 

Hypnosis, also referred to as hypnotherapy or hypnotic suggestion, is a wonderful, relaxed, trance-like state in which you have heightened focus and concentration. People are in and out of trance states on a daily basis – while driving a car, watching movies or TV – any activity in which you might lose track of time or are caught up in a “flow” experience can be considered a trance state.

Hypnosis is usually done with the help of a therapist using verbal repetition and mental images. When you are engaged in a hypnotic trance, you usually feel calm and relaxed, and are more open to suggestions.  It's important to know that although you're more open to suggestion during hypnosis, your creative unconscious mind will not accept any suggestions which do not align with your values and morals.  All hypnosis is self-hypnosis – you are always in control during this process.

Hypnosis can be used to help you gain control over or change undesired behaviors or to help you cope better with anxiety, pain (emotional and physical) and other difficulties which no longer serve you.    

During Hypnosis:

  • You are not asleep - you are fully aware of all your senses while under hypnosis.

  • You are in control at all times.

  • You only say or do in hypnosis what you would normally say or do in a conscious state.

  • In hypnosis, your unconscious mind is usually very willing to respond to questions and help you resolve habits and issues that no longer serve you.

  • Hypnosis can offer you a wonderful opportunity to make changes that last, so that you might live a fuller, happier, more successful life.

  • Hypnosis does not involve mind control, magic, or unconsciousness.

  • Hypnosis is not something done to you, it is done with you – no one can force you into a hypnotic state against your will.

 

For more information go to:

Understanding the Subconscious

 

How Hypnosis Works

 

Traumatic Incident Reduction

 

Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) and Life Stress Reduction (LSR) are a series of techniques which have proven to be effective in addressing and resolving unwanted after effects of trauma or upsetting life events.

TIR is a client centered approach to guiding clients in addressing and releasing unwanted emotions, feelings, sensations, attitudes, etc., which might be connected to previous or current life events or relationships and which continue to cause disruption or upset in your life.

 

​These interventions can relieve emotional pain and bring clarity and comfort to a variety of difficult issues such as challenging relationships, low self-esteem, body image concerns, job/career problems, financial issues, anxiety and fear of the future, etc.  It can bring about important self-realizations and increase a positive state of mind

For more information go to:

http://www.tira.org/

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT or Meridian Tapping)

EFT was developed by Gary Craig in the 1990s, based on his study of work done by Roger Callahan in Thought Field Therapy (TFT). TFT was one of the first methods in what is now called Energy Psychology. Emotional freedom technique (EFT or Meridian Tapping) is an alternative treatment to address and relieve physical pain and emotional distress.

As with acupuncture or acupressure, tapping involves the body’s energy meridian points, which are a concept in Chinese medicine.  The body’s meridian lines allow energy to flow throughout the physiological system.  Blocks or imbalances in the flow of energy lead to ill health. Using EFT tapping techniques on these meridian points with the fingertips can work toward restoring the balance of energy to resolve physical and emotional issues.

For more information go to:

Gary Craig - Official EFT Site

 

The Tapping Solution - Nick Ortner

4-Southhampton Sunset-2011-2.jpg
2-Lovesick Lake  Aug. 2009 014-002.jpg
DSC05604-2.JPG