Whatever “symptom” brings you to therapy, it doesn’t have to take years in therapy in order to alleviate the suffering and reach your potential. Most people who seek me out have tried other counselors and therapies and are ready for change but don’t know how to get there. Be sure to check out my services pages to learn more about my specialties.
Over the past twenty years, I have pursued extensive studies in personal development, psychology, psychotherapy, philosophy, neuroscience, religion, eastern spirituality, martial arts, coaching and other disciplines. I have discovered through my own work of overcoming Bipolar Disorder that an integrative approach to therapy yields the best results in the shortest amount of time. After working with thousands of clients in different settings, I’ve developed a counseling method that’s explorative, transformative, fun, challenging and, most importantly, effective
1. Clinical Assessment and Lifestyle Review
Your therapy process usually starts with a thorough assessment of your current needs, how they developed, what sources are potential causes of the problems and imbalances, and what is the best course of action. Some clients do not want or require this because they are coming in with a very specific goal-oriented approach to their process. However, the typical client does require an assessment so we can determine the best course of action. For example, we may talk about nutrition, sleep hygiene and exercise habits. For others, we start with a focus on birth trauma and the loss of a parent in early childhood. It depends on your condition and your current presentation. If you are suffering with severe symptoms of depression, anxiety and other types of issues that may have a biochemical basis, we will explore a course of action together that works for you. I refer many clients for other supportive services when necessary such as conventional psychiatry, integrative psychiatry, naturopathy, acupuncture, etc.
2. Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy
I often use a mindfulness-based approach when working with thoughts and feelings. This means that we are looking at the nature of thoughts within one’s self as an observer. It takes time to recognize this inherent capacity, but mindfulness can reduce tremendous amounts of unnecessary suffering. Aafter mindfulness interventions, may people report learning how to sleep better and also less stress in their daily livesfe. It is also within this context that a spiritual view can be explored and matured if you feel drawn to this.
Coaching is a fast solution to complex problems with an overall emphasis on increasing productivity and meeting your potential. By balancing perceptions in your life, learning new communication skills, and getting assignments to link sessions together, you will notice that this goes well beyond the traditional counseling interaction. I’ve coached peak performers such as CEO’s, professional athletes, and entrepreneurs of startups. Coaching will help you reach your potential in your career, relationships, home life, and health, and help you move beyond what you thought you were capable of.
4. Traditional, Gestalt and Attachment-based Psychotherapy
I do use variations of talk therapy, although, if we’re talking extensively it’s because we are processing a key piece of content that needs some analysis. Relational psychotherapy explores the relationship between client and therapist as a useful medium for identifying patterns and imparting change. I hold a warm, nurturing space while also challenging and giving feedback when appropriate. Relational therapy is particularly important if you suffered from significant issues with your primary caregivers as a child. Gestalt therapy treats the therapy office as a laboratory. It is creative and typically focuses on utilizing the present moment in some fashion. There are countless examples of what we can do. I’m always tracking what your comfort level is and what will work for you.
5. Body Centered Therapies
I utilize my background in body-centered modalities like yoga and massage, so I can help people navigate their internal sensory experience. I’ve done workshops and trainings in a number of somatic disciplines such as Somatic Experiencing which is a trauma modality, but also has adaptability to help people become more embodied and able to work king through intense inner states. For some, somatic interventions may include movement as well as bilateral music to allow you to deepen into the felt sense of your body.
6. Trauma Treatment
A thorough understanding of trauma and how it impacts mental health, overall wellness and human potential is the hallmark of an effective counselor. We’ve all experienced traumas to varying degrees. Some people have experienced acute traumas such as an event or series of events, while others may have experienced complex traumas which refers to traumas that occured over a period of time and are generally interpersonal in nature.
By understanding how trauma lives in the body and nervous system, we will identify if itthat exists for you and begin the process of repair.
6. Shamanism and Spirituality
I sometimes integrate my training and experiences in shamanic traditions. This may include dreamwork, guided visualization, and divination. Dreamwork is a powerful tool to access the deep layers of your unconscious mind. Visualization can be useful to tease out various aspects of the self including a person’s gifts and desires. Divination is an ancient practice which helps flush out a person’s purpose and any obstructions along their path. I also have extensive knowledge in spiritual traditions and working with spiritual problems, such as spiritual emergencies, medicine and drug induced psychological crisis, and spiritual mentorship.
If we work together, we will find your healthy pace while expediting the process of transformation. I’m practical in my approach, but also deeply explorative.