Therapy has three main focuses: to resolve your immediate crisis, to explore your life experiences, and to help you grow and develop as a person.
Resolve the Crisis: Our first task is to settle your pressing problems as quickly as possible. We first get a clear idea of your difficulties and then use different strategies and therapeutic modalities to help resolve the difficult situation.
Explore Experiences: Once the immediate crisis resolves, we focus on deeper and more fundamental issues. To that end, we explore aspects of your family of origin and earlier life to help gain insight into the roots of current relationships and feelings.
Grow as a Person: As your insight and personal awareness grow, we explore deeper questions such as the purpose and meaning of your life and relationships and the quality of your inner experiences. Complete the Life Satisfaction Questionnaire to explore your personal situation.
Talk Therapy: Much of therapy is a purposeful conversation directed toward positive change. We discuss recent experiences, examine patterns that seem to be stuck and work on way to help your psyche move forward. I offer interpretations, perspectives and homework so you gain greater awareness of how your inner and outer experiences are connected.
EMDR: I use EMDR to resolve trauma and intrusive emotional reactions. EMDR uses rhythmic alternating eye movement, sounds and sensations to access inner experiences and memories. Discovered in 1987 by Francine Shapiro, it is one of the most effective therapeutic modalities available. More information
Dreamwork: I have worked with my own and other people’s dreams for 40 years. While appreciating the symbolic and archetypal aspects, dreams are immensely practical, providing a different and useful perspective on life issues. Everyone dreams at least four times a night though you may have to practice remembering them.
Hypnosis: Hypnosis is a focused altered state of awareness in which conscious and unconscious processes are balanced and different abilities become available. I mainly use hypnosis to help you access your inner resources to cope with difficult emotions and situations. My approach is respectful and non-manipulative.
To gain a clearer sense of my approach and philosophy, I suggest you read Seeking Wholeness: Insights into the Mystery of Experience.
A therapist must be concerned only with the greatest welfare of the client. To that end, therapy is legally regulated in Colorado. To protect the client:
- An agreed fee should be paid for a set amount of time in session
- Therapy cannot be exchanged for barter or other services
- The client and therapist cannot have any other kind of relationship
- Any kind of sexual contact between therapist and client is punishable by law
- Everything that happens in psychotherapy is confidential. The legal reasons for sharing confidential information are when: the client signs a release of information; the therapist consults with a supervising professional; there is imminent danger of harm to the client or others; there is evidence of child abuse.