My Approach to Helping
Welcome! I'm a psychologist who integrates psychotherapy, mindfulness and EFT Tapping to help people with anxiety, depression, stress, coping with and recovering from illness or trauma, sleep, cravings and unwanted habits, mild to moderate pain , and developing healthy lifestyle patterns.
I have worked extensively with adults of all ages and am respectful of and enthused to work with people who are seeking emotional insight and the tools to promote long term improvement and well being.
Cognitive therapy works to identify beliefs, assumptions and emotional “knots” that are self-defeating and self diminishing. This process that opens up the possibility of replacing them with self-affirming, creative and confidence-building thought patterns and emotions. The aim is to build resilience, increased gratitude and motivation to positive action.
Mindfulness and meditation can be an effective practice for anyone. There are hundreds if not thousands of scientific studies which support its effectiveness in improving outlook, emotional tone, confidence, and physical health and vitality. Mindfulness and meditation are similar in that they aim to train, focus and strengthen mind and body. Meditation is aimed primarily on focusing, concentration and inner tranquility. Mindfulness is a type of insight meditation that focuses specifically to increase awareness of living the present moment. This may sound simple, but living in the present moment is one of the most elusive experiences we can have. Most of us live in a combination of the past and future because the “present” is by definition so fleeting that it’s literally gone before you know it. However ironically, everything really only happens in the present. A , strong, calm and open mind is the place where self-diminishing thought patterns, emotional knots, lifestyle and relationship changes and breakthroughs can be accomplished.
EFT tapping is a newer approach (about 25 years old) that incorporated elements and principles of acupuncture (without needles!), mindfulness and cognitive therapy to directly influence the emotional centers of the brain by tapping on a select few places on the face and upper body that send calming signals to the areas of the brain that manage stress, emotions, and pain. When done in conjunction with thinking and speaking about various distressing issues and emotions, this process can interrupt self-defeating patterns that have developed throughout one's life.
I am enthused to work with religious and spiritually oriented people in a way that fully integrates religious beliefs and spiritual practices into the process of psychotherapy or coaching. I don’t seek to explain or turn people away from their beliefs; rather to enhance their personal religiousspiritual experience and awareness within the context of their overall life.
I specialize in the following challenges that people deal with:
Anxiety: General, social, health, financial, performance.
Depression: pessimism, low energy, gloominess,
Stress: Feeling overwhelmed, drained
Pain (chronic or temporary): Strategies to cope and thrive
Interpersonal and relationship issues: spouse or significant other, family, friendships, work.
Insomnia: difficulty falling and staying asleep in order to have a restful start the next day
Recovery or coping with illness, accidents, loss of a loved one, financial distress or negative changes in
Existential issues such as loss of faith, change in religious beliefs, excessive worry and self doubt one’s life, loss of
Overall enhancement of healthy habits, health and well-being