Whether you are facing a challenge individually or within a family, we will tackle them together. We believe in empowering our clients with the skills that will enable them to operate at higher levels of independence.
One in ten individuals can use psychotherapeutic services on any given day. My approach is to problem solve with the client on issues of contemporary concern. The past is only used as a way of understanding the present. Clients need help with “here and now” issues. It is a natural and safe procedure with no side effects. Contrary to popular myths, the client is fully conscious and aware throughout the hypnotic procedure. Progressive relaxation teaches the client to tense and relax various muscle groups so as to relieve tension and stress.
Systematic desensitization is a treatment for phobias that is highly successful. The client is taught to relax and then is exposed to the feared objects in increasing forms of intensity. The anxiety to the feared object is thus extinguished.
My treatment approach is to identify the entire family unit as the client. Similar to marital therapy, treatment consists of problem resolution and conflict resolution. In most families, boundaries are a major concern. Each member learns to respect the individuality of the other. Also family myths are a concern. One member is falsely identified as the problem source or another member is inaccurately labeled by the rest of the family. Many parents unconsciously recreate the conflicts they had in their families of origin.
Communication may also need to be addressed. Those who talk the most may need to learn to listen more, and the ones that tend to listen the most will learn to speak up.
All marital couples have problems and we encourage the participation of marital therapy rather be passive when these problems begin to get out of hand. Couples learn how to communicate with each other with more respect and concern. They learn how to be more positive in approaching each other’s grievances and how to work as a team. The primary goals of marriage counseling are conflict resolution and the promotion of cooperation.