"All the green of nature is concentrated within the Emerald." Representing youth in the age of man, the power of this lush crystal stirs the soul like the heart of spring, symbolizing hope and the future, renewal and growth"
My approach to psychotherapy is holistic. I not only treat the obvious, "tip of the iceberg," problems, but also address the deeper, "bottom of the ocean," issues. I treat the whole person and honor the mind-body-spirit connections, taking into account the client's cultural, religious and ethnic background, ancestry, race and immigration history. I choose to see the person beyond the diagnosis, and I am happy to "peel that label off "and recognize the unique person behind it. I often remind my patients that they are not merely their diagnosis, they are much more than that. I recognize the complexity of each person's history and circumstances and employ a wide variety of techniques to guide my clients in their self-discovery.
"Good or bad, everything we do is our best choice at that moment." William Glasser, MD
This quote is not just a motto or a therapist's attempt to positively influence their client. It represents a very real opportunity for you to change your life for the better. We make routine choices every day: what am I going to wear, what am I going to have for lunch, what book should I read next? Those choices are concrete and tangible. Have you ever considered that you could also choose how you want to feel? It is easier said than done, but only at first. And with practice and dedication, your efforts, time and motivation will be rewarded with feelings of inner peace and happiness...
This quote is not just a motto or a therapist's attempt to positively influence their client. It represents a very real opportunity for you to change your life for the better. We make routine choices every day: what am I going to wear, what am I going to have for lunch, what book should I read next? ...
Gestalt therapy is an experiential, evidence-based approach originally developed by Frederick Perls (1893–1970), Laura Perls (1905–90), and Paul Goodman (1911–72) as a revision of psychoanalysis.
Gestalt psychology is most developed in perception and cognition, while gestalt therapy is concerned with personality, psychopathology, and psychotherapy.
Gestalt therapy can help clients with issues such as anxiety, depression, self-esteem, relationship difficulties, and even physical ones like migraine headaches, ulcerative colitis, and back spasms.
Organismic self-regulation leads to integrating parts with each other and into a whole that encompasses the parts. The field is often differentiated into polarities: parts that are opposites that complement or explicate each other.
Dream analysis is the interpretation of dreams to determine their underlying meanings. Freudian dream analysis relies on symbolism. It is based on the notion that your unconscious mind protects you from your repressed desires by expressing those desires in dreams and hiding them away from your conscious mind.
Carl Jung saw dreams as the psyche's attempt to communicate important things to the individual, and he valued them highly, perhaps above all else, as a way of knowing what was really going on. Dreams are also an important part of the development of the personality – a process that he called individuation.
CBT (cognitive-behavioral therapy)
CBT is based on the concept that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle. CBT aims to help you deal with overwhelming problems in a more positive way by breaking them down into smaller parts, setting smart goals and removing negative thoughts.
Meditation therapy is "a method of relaxation and consciousness expansion by focusing on a mantra or a keyword, sound, or image while eliminating outside stimuli from one's awareness." The mental health benefits of meditation include better focus and concentration, improved self-awareness and self-esteem, lower levels of stress and anxiety, and fostering kindness. Meditation also has benefits for your physical health, as it can improve your tolerance for pain and help fight substance addiction.
Art therapy is a technique rooted in the idea that creative expression can foster healing and mental well-being. Art, either creating it or viewing others' art, is used to help people explore emotions, develop self-awareness, cope with stress, boost self-esteem, and work on social skills.
A type of therapy that helps reduce muscle tension and stress, lowers blood pressure, and controls pain. It may involve tensing and relaxing muscles throughout the body. It may be used with guided imagery (focusing the mind on positive images) and meditation (focusing thoughts).
Guided imagery has many uses. You can use it to promote relaxation, which can lower blood pressure and reduce other problems related to stress. You can also use it to help reach goals (such as losing weight or quitting smoking), manage pain and promote healing.
Studies show that visualization increases athletic performance by improving motivation, coordination and concentration. It also aids in relaxation and helps reduce fear and anxiety. In the words of one researcher, "visualization helps the athlete just do it and do it with confidence, poise, and perfection.
Sand tray therapy is a combination of play therapy and art therapy. The therapist provides the client with a tray or box filled with sand as well as a variety of miniature toys to create a play world. Toys/ figurines may include anything from farm animals and dinosaurs to people and cars.
Sand tray therapy allows a person to construct their own microcosm using miniature toys and colored sand. The scene created acts as a reflection of the person's own life and allows them the opportunity to resolve conflicts, remove obstacles, and gain acceptance of self.
A Tea Ceremony represents harmony, respect, purity and tranquility which we must embrace in order to achieve the main purpose of our lives. Traditionally, tea drinkers were regarded as the 'academic' and 'cultural' elites' of the society. The practice of drinking tea was considered to be an expression of personal morality, education, social principles, and status. Nowadays we incorporate the ancient cultural traditions into our everyday life.
The therapist will want to know the main problems you are experiencing, and what causes most of your stress within the relationship. Some aspects of relationship stress that may be discussed include parenting conflicts, intimacy issues, and communication issues. Couples should seek therapy long before they think they "need" to. Most experts believe that therapy can be an important part of your relationship. "If couples don't work their relational and emotional 'muscles,' they become un-toned, weak and create more of a chance of damage being done to their relationship."
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