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SERVICES/SPECIALIZATIONS

I have a general practice of psychotherapy where I work with adults on general life issues and concerns. Examples of general life issues include relationship concerns, anxiety, life transitions, grief work and low self-esteem. I also consult with individuals and groups on a more short -term basis to provide support or to teach particular skills. Described below are the specialty areas where I have extra training and experience.

STRESS REDUCTION
EXPERIENTIAL FOCUSING
GUIDED IMAGERY

EYE MOVEMENT DESENSITIZATION AND REPROCESSING (EMDR)
BODY, EMOTION AND THOUGHT AWARENESS
RELAXATION TECHNIQUES

STRESS REDUCTION
No one can avoid stress completely, it is a part of our busy lives. But most people who describe themselves as “stressed out” feel that things are out of control and aspects of their life are unmanageable. The main question is, “How are you dealing with the stress you have?” Often we get so caught in the cycle of stress and overwhelm, we can’t see our way out. All we know is that we are at a breaking point.

There is much research concluding that our levels of stress directly affect our physical health. To put it simply, under stress, our bodies change biochemically from a baseline level of arousal to a charged level of arousal. The effects of stress happen when we don’t allow ourselves to relax back to our baseline level, and instead, stay continually stressed. This takes an unhealthy toll on our bodies and affects our perception of life events.

Stress reduction techniques can provide significant relief from this over stressed state. By learning and practicing these techniques, we can bring our life and our body back into balance.

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EXPERIENTIAL FOCUSING
Experiential focusing is a process of discovery about oneself through body awareness. Introduced by Eugene Gendlin in the '70s, this technique is a way of understanding a particular personal issue through the wisdom and sensations of the body. It allows an individual to become comfortable within the self as well as come to terms with situations in one's life. This skill can be taught and used as a way to develop a fuller understanding for any particular issue. This use of the intuition of the body is invaluable in learning to trust our experiences and ourselves.
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GUIDED IMAGERY
Guided Imagery is a process that uses the power of the imagination to communicate with the body. In Guided Imagery, the emphasis is not just guided imagery scripts, but includes an interactive, client-centered approach to imagery that can access inner healing and promote increased self-intuitive awareness. It has been used to facilitate healing of the physical body, reach internal and external goals, tap into inner wisdom and much more. As a Guided Imagery Practitioner, I have experienced clients’ deep, sacred insights regarding problems that may not have surfaced with traditional “talk therapy.”
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EYE MOVEMENT DESENSITIZATION AND REPROCESSING (EMDR)
EMDR is a psychotherapeutic treatment technique developed by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D. at the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, California. It has been used for treating a wide range of problems related to both past events and present life conditions. The use of EMDR has been used to accelerate the treatment of self-esteem issues, phobias, anxiety, relationship difficulties, grief and post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD). EMDR is usually used along with a variety of other techniques within the context of a trusting supportive therapeutic relationship.
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BODY, EMOTION AND THOUGHT AWARENESS
The recognition and labeling of our feelings is a very important aspect of understanding how we react to our life experiences. Many people are unaware of their feelings even though they are experiencing them. Feelings convey important information to us through our bodies. Awareness of our emotions lets us know we are having some kind of reaction to something. As we begin to understand our feelings, we can come to terms with how we perceive events and people.

Often we don’t understand how our physical health could have gotten so out of balance, or why our partner is so upset with us. As we increase our awareness of our feelings and emotions, we are better able to understand our relationships with others and ourselves.

Our feelings and emotions are connected to the thoughts we think. It can be of great benefit to label our feelings and notice what thought is associated with them. Understanding how this feeling-thinking process works helps us increase our awareness of how we perceive life situations and how we are triggered emotionally. Becoming aware of our own unique interpretation of a life event can free us. Instead of saying “That’s really how it is!” we can consider that perhaps that’s the way we see it, our beliefs/thoughts have led us to that interpretation. There may be many more interpretations of and solutions for the same event.

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RELAXATION TECHNIQUES
Relaxation techniques are a key component in managing stress and life in general. When these techniques are used, they promote a relaxed bodily state including slower breathing, lowered blood pressure, relaxed muscles and the release of hormones that affect our mood and sense of well-being. The concept underlying relaxation is that when the mind is calmed, the body is relaxed. There are several types of relaxation techniques; the most common types are progressive relaxation and autogenic training.
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  “The realm of consciousness is much vaster than thought can grasp. When you no longer believe everything you think, you step out of thought and see clearly that the thinker is not who you are.”
— Eckhart Tolle
 
           
           
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