"There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them." Denis Waitley
Those who seek therapeutic services often do so due to discomfort in some area of their lives, whether career, relationships, emotions, etc.. It is a courageous choice to reach out, seeking solutions and life change. I meet people where they are to join them in their journey to more whole-hearted living and conscious relationships. Although at times, small changes may seem inconsequential, each moves you closer to your goals. Step by step you are creating the life you want. It is a pleasure to join you in this exciting journey.
Counseling is an individualized process; you choose the goals most pertinent in your life, and I partner with you, using my experience and training to assist you in reaching those goals. Relationship improvement, solutions to specific problems, and reductions in distress are some of the common benefits of therapy. I believe it is important that you receive the benefits from this process which you desire and am always open to requests, questions, or concerns. I work with a variety of people on a variety of individual goals and life issues. It is an honor to get to know you and your story as we work together to chart your future. Every individual has their own way of working, some welcome homework and some abhor it, some seek support and some seek challenge. There is no wrong approach to therapy because it is about what you need. I always enjoy working with the readers, thinkers, and questioners - those who are intentional about their journey.
In the first session, I want to try to understand what you want to get out of our work together, what you want to get today, what is most important to you, and what brought you to my office in the first place. The first time we meet, you may not feel like you get very far as we are setting a baseline, getting to know each other, and setting goals. It is also important to know that you can feel worse before it starts improving. This happens for a variety of reasons, but I understand that it is not always fun to see me. On the other hand, I laugh with many clients and it is always my goal to encourage and empower even when facing difficult truths and situations.
It is likely as we talk about your primary concern, we may identify other issues that cause you distress. While some people like to address things as they come up, others find it more productive to stay focused on the primary issue and note these other things to address at a later time.
Common Reasons for Counseling
- Relationship issues
- Breakup or divorce
- Anxiety and/or depression
- Career dissatisfaction
- Conflict with supervisor, co-workers, or employees
- Conflict with co-parent
- Parenting concerns
- Adoption issues
- Ongoing health issues
- Self-growth or improvement
- Goal achievement
- Sexual issues
- Childhood trauma
Brainspotting is a therapeutic technique for processing traumas, negative cognitions, and difficult emotions. Brainspotting was developed out of EMDR, discovered (as all the best therapeutic theories and techniques are) by paying attention to clients. It is also related to sensorimotor psychotherapy, somatic experiencing, lifespan integration, mindfulness, and even internal family systems therapies. It is considered a process that provides deeper and accelerated resolutions that are more powerful and comprehensive that other techniques, including EMDR. In fact 90% of clients have shown significant improvement in just three sessions (Hildebrand et al., 2014).
One child declared “it is awesome” as he progressed from anger to happiness in just five minutes. An adult client was wowed in her brief introduction to Brainspotting, saying, “this really works” and “this is spooky”.
While Brainspotting can sound and feel like magic, there is a lot of science behind it. I have always loved neuropsychology and studied it just because I loved it, although I won’t likely be able to name all of the many different parts of the brain involved in Brainspotting. Luckily it is a “physiological approach with psychological consequences” that allows us to access our self-healing potential via bypassing the thinking of the neocortex and “promotes organization and integration through coalescence of hitherto separated information files”; “a Brainspot is a stored oculomotor orientation to a traumatic experience which has failed to integrate” (Corrigan & Grand 2013). Who doesn't to feel like Wolverine and discover the confidence of knowing you have the capability to heal? I also very much appreciate that it is an “open, integrative, ever-evolving model” and the humility of the founder David Grand, Ph.D. In addition, I chose to study Brainspotting rather than EMDR because it is appropriate for more clients, particularly those who can be overstimulated; it is flexible allowing us to find the specific iteration of Brainspotting that works best for you.
For more information check out the videos at Brainspotting International.
I do not ask for lots of paperwork to be completed. All clients will be asked to complete an intake form and informed consent contract. You can find all paperwork here. You can also complete the intake form online.
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