How Will We Work Together?
In addition to normal client-centered psychotherapeutic approaches, I use several practices that most clients find extremely helpful. Depending on your preference and need, they may be first introduced and experienced in our counseling sessions, but are intended to remain useful throughout your lifetime. They can be easily shared with interested family and friends. I often recommend books and adjunctive treatments, such as body work, yoga, Qi Gong, etc. While I may introduce or recommend one or more of these practices, only you can know what works for you, and I respect your personal preferences.
Inquiry Based Stress Reduction
Inquiry Based Stress Reduction (IBSR) is a fundamental cognitive behavioral technique, which is informed and popularized by The Work of Byron Katie. Consisting of four questions and turnarounds, IBSR is an effective skill that can be learned quickly and used on your own. It allows one to question beliefs we have learned from our family, life history and collective experience, such as,"I don't have enough time," or "I am a failure", etc. IBSR is simple, effective, and life-transforming.
Mindfulness practice is a simple tool that can support well-being and health. It is described as paying attention nonjudgmentally in an intentional, present-moment manner. It is proven to be extremely helpful to manage stress, pain, and anxiety, etc. For instance, those with a substance-use disorder who learn mindfulness are twice as likely to be clean and sober after two years than those receiving standard treatment.
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a form of emotional acupuncture, although it doesn't use needles. It involves tapping or rubbing specific energy points while focusing on problematic thoughts, feelings or experiences. People quickly notice they are considering their situation from a larger context, and they can have surprising, sometimes, permanent breakthroughs.
Enneagram is a form of personality typology. It can be life-transforming. It allows us to see and understand our own and other's key motivations, strengths and defenses which were "right in front of our noses" yet, paradoxically, hidden from view. It does not put us in a box - it shows the box we are already in and the way out!
Gottman Marital/Couples Therapy
The Gottman approach to couple's counseling is the result of over 40 years of research by John and Julie Gottman. Although most couples come to counseling quite nervous and ambivalent about what they will experience, most are surprised to learn how small things done often can make a profound difference in their relationship. This is accomplished by learning simple skills in safe facilitated sessions.
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