My Approach to Helping
Integrated Mental Wellness
Integrated Mental Wellness is an approach combining traditional approaches to mental health such as talk therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, medication treatment with other modalities that together more comprehensively support one’s wellbeing. In addition to the standard treatments, I recognize that mental wellness has many domains including relationships, community, health, diet, physical activity, creativity, meaning, and spirituality. My multifaceted approach is designed to address a whole person as a unique individual attempting to deal in their own ways with their challenges. I set myself apart from the money-driven, sterilely impersonal, antiquated medical model that a large part of our mental health system still operates by. My services are designed to be complementary, facilitating a process of change psychologically, mentally, and physiologically. My office is also integrated within a network of collaboration with other similar minded providers.
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Integrated Approaches I Utilize
I have felt that many of the big challenges in my life are internal (how we internally respond to things) rather than just external, (i.e. marathons, jobs, relationships, physical exercise, bungee jumping), which are of course valid and important too. Such a belief has led me in a personal journey of many years of practicing meditation traditions from Vipassana (insight meditation), Yoga, Zazen (Walking Meditation), and other meditative and spiritual traditions throughout the years. I have also led mindfulness groups and meditations. A secular feeling of meaning, a religious or spiritual community or practice, and various mindful practices and beliefs offer an array of benefits to many people, especially in times of hardship. Click to read more about how mindfulness may be integrated into treatment for those interested at www.better-state-of-mind.com
If we were to describe the "style" of therapy it would be "Deep Listening." In deep thinking vs. regular thinking, there is a focus on identifying, through this engaged listening, some of your key issues and some solutions. My undivided attention to your exploration is a catalyst and a magnifying glass, and through it, there is a feedback process between the client and the undivided attention guiding and intensifying the exploration. The opportunity to come up with a meaningful solution that comes from the person’s deep roots is tapped into through this process. Read More on www.better-state-of-mind.com
Neuroscience and Neurobiology
My long-term interest in neuroscience was seeded in graduate school upon learning of biofeedback and neurofeedback. The idea that one can learn to regulate an aspect of their own physiology (their brain waves or their heart rate variability) has always had a deep resonance with me, and drove me through years-long certification process of the international in neurofeedback. Though not against treatment with medications, I feel that identifying biomarkers of mental wellness and training them in a data-focused way (results are clearly measurable) is a very compelling approach to support mental wellness for many people. Read more about neurofeedback and other ways that neurobiology is integrated into the Better State of Mind approach. Read More on www.better-state-of-mind.com
My Role as a Therapist
Apart from knowing that I use traditional evidence-based methods including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy my role as a therapist involves a lot of deep listening. In deep thinking vs. regular thinking, there is a focus on identifying, through this engaged listening, some of your key issues and some solutions. My undivided attention to your exploration is a catalyst and a magnifying glass, and through it, there is a feedback process between the client and the undivided attention guiding and intensifying the exploration. The opportunity to come up with a meaningful solution that comes from the person?s deep roots is tapped into through this process.
The deep listening is one important element. Others include supportive listening which occurs in different points of time where you are encouraged to explore your problem more thoroughly, in greater multitude of directions, perhaps by some hints. I can suggest or hint to bring up topics that you may not immediately connect. A firm hold on the here-and-now is a very important gate to look at challenges, interpersonal or professional relationships, our conversation with ourselves while alone.
I will often summarize the conversation, trying to outline, and sometimes beyond outlining of what they hear as some of the underlying issues. At times I try to provide a pointer towards these and see what seems to resonate with you.
The process of defining one?s problem and the strategy to address it is expected to be periodically updated and re-evaluated through the process of therapy. In light of new connections made or obstacles in the present plan, specific components definition of the problem, their goals or objectives may each be reevaluated. This evaluation process will look different on the 3rd session compared with the first. The re-evaluation becomes more focused. More and less central aspects of the problem become known as such as become prioritized and further elaborated on. Therapy can help reconnect with your driving motivations, and visions that you hold. These are forces that drive us forward and help us through challenges.
I also often talk or teach about a range of practical complementary strategies such as mindfulness (which I have years of experience in), healthy habits such as healthy sleep, or healthy eating, biofeedbackneurofeedback, or developing other coping skills and hobbies.