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Treatment Information

I can use and educate you about a variety of methods for your needs. This is called an "eclectic" therapeutic approach. Some of the methods I use are:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT.  This method emphasizes the role of thinking in how we feel and what we do. CBT stresses the fact that we think first, then have a feeling based on our thoughts, and then we respond or react. It is our thoughts, rather than people or events, that create our positive or negative feelings. Together the therapist and client explore thinking and behavioral patterns and ways to change or improve them.

Educational Style Classes.  If therapy is not something you are comfortable with or interested in but you would still like to learn about mental health issues like anger, anxiety, depression, addictions, relationship issues, sexuality, or any of the other specialties that I have listed, I can provide you with information about these topics in an individual, family, or group setting. I can also give presentations to larger groups.

Bibliotherapy.  Bibliotherapy can be used if you like to read. I can recommend books or web sites that have information on your topic of interest or issues. I also have a good selection of books that I can lend out.

Narrative Therapy.  We all tell ourselves stories about our personal histories and about how these histories have made us who we think we are. But we haven't always been the sole storyeller.  Our families, friends, teachers... people other than ourselves, have helped us to form our personal story. Together, we can review your story, learning which details are accurate, and come up with an authentic, truthful and empowering version that will enhance your personal growth.

EMDR.  EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. This is an information processing therapy that helps clients to cope with Post Traumatic Stress, addictions or fears. Post Traumatic Stress can occur from a variety of experiences, not just from combat or war. Physical or emotional abuse, among other experiences, can result in PTSD. EMDR has also been shown to be effective in treating anxiety and depression. During EMDR, the client focuses on a specific thought, image, emotion or sensation that they would like to change. While the client does this, the therapist follows a template and can use client eye movements, tapping, or audio cues to relax or "loosen" the client's memory and allow the negative experience to be neutralized or sometimes    re-framed into a positive context. EMDR helps the client to get out of a fear based response, and allows the mind and body to relax and re-balance.

Spirituality.  I was raised as a Catholic and have since studied many forms of religion and spirituality. My undergraduate degree in Psychology also holds a minor in the Humanities which included religious studies. I studied for over two years with an African American and Native American Shaman. I am familiar with the belief systems of a diverse range of spiritual and religious beliefs. Some clients have difficulty finding meaning in life and would like help recognizing a belief system or finding their purpose in life. If you are interested in spirituality, I can help you with these issues and to form your own belief system, or help you to recognize a faith of choice.