I’ve been influenced by many gifted psychologists and schools of thought, and my approach is eclectic. I combine and choose from many points of view in my work with clients, according to their needs and objectives. I am always addressing four levels of a client’s experience:
Physical (body), Mental (thoughts), Emotional (feelings) and Spiritual (connection to Authentic Self, personal meaning and purpose).
Primarily, in my work I use Positive Psychology, Solution Focused Therapy, Spiritual Psychology, Person Centered Therapy, Holistic Counseling, Energy Psychology and EMDR.
I’ve written more about each of these areas below for those interested in more detail.
Positive psychology focuses on helping people to thrive. Using positive psychology, I use effective interventions to build on client strengths, and help clients reduce anxiety and depression, and become happier. Martin Seligman is the founder of positive psychology, a field of study that examines healthy states, such as happiness, building on strengths and optimism.
Solution Focused Therapy & Coaching
Solution Focused Therapy is designed to empower clients to recognize their own resources to resolve their issues. Clients determine the goals for treatment, and report weekly on improvements, ripple effects from the changes, rate their progress, receive feedback from the therapist and figure out their next steps toward resolution. Concrete and goal oriented, this fits well with my active coaching style.
Spiritual psychology returns to the true definition of psychology… ‘study of the soul’. It recognizes spiritual reality and begins with the idea that we are Souls having a human experience. For many, this is a radical new idea! I assist my clients in recognizing the Beauty, Wisdom, and Compassion within them and inherent in every human being. Spiritual psychology isn’t referring to religion. It speaks to the authentic essence of who you are — the True Self. I love working with clients who resonate with this, empowering them to find more meaning and create more balanced lives, practice self-nurturing, and connect with their intuition.
Person Centered Therapy
Created by Carl Rogers, the person-centered approach views the client as their own best authority on their own experience, and fully capable of fulfilling their own potential for growth. Rogers strongly believed that therapists should be warm, genuine, authentic and understanding as they journey with the client. I do my best.
Often emotional symptoms like anxiety and depression result from physical problems, and sometimes they occur as side effects from health problems. I’m not a physician, but part of my role is educating clients. Natural health strategies such as clean diet, pure water, restful sleep and walking in sunshine help improve mood. My orientation is toward seeking the cause of disturbance.
The goal of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy is to resolve experiences from the past that are causing problems, and to improve health today. EMDR therapy sets up a learning state so that what’s useful to you from an experience will be learned, and stored with appropriate emotions in your brain, and the inappropriate emotions, beliefs, and body sensations generally caused by unresolved earlier experiences will be released. The goal of EMDR therapy is to leave you with the emotions, understanding, and perspectives that will lead to healthy and useful behaviors and be able to guide you positively in the future
EFT- Emotional Freedom Technique
EFT or ‘Tapping’ is a technique I recommend to optimize emotional health. Emotional health is essential to your physical health, and you won’t achieve ideal health with emotional barriers in your way. EFT is self-administered, and easy to learn. It’s a form of psychological acupressure, based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments for over five thousand years, but without needles. Instead, simple tapping with the fingertips is used. This combination of tapping the energy meridians and voicing positive affirmation works to clear the “short-circuit” – the emotional block – from your body’s bioenergy system, restoring balance. EFT has a very high rate of success.
– Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Santa Monica in Santa Monica, California, 2000
– EMDR completed Level 1 and Level 2 specialized training (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), an acclaimed and effective trauma recovery therapy
– certified administrator of the Myers Briggs Personality Indicator
– continuous specialized training to support work with couples and individuals