In my practice I strive to cultivate a mix of current theories and practices of change such as neurobiology and attachment theory while also maintaining a life long study of Jungian, Humanistic and Systemic psychology. One common thread in all these methods is that they are experiential in nature. This means I invite you to both reflect on what is, while together experimenting with new patterns of thought, action and emotion.
Below you will find information on three of the methods I currently use in my practice. I find each of these methods particularly effective by both meeting people where they are and providing an effective pathway towards change. See what you think and I look forward to any questions you might have.
EMOTIONALLY FOCUSED COUPLES THERAPY (EFT)
I have enjoyed working with couples, gay and straight and as well as families throughout my entire career utilizing a systems theory approach. Currently I use an experiential method for working with couples and families known as Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). EFT, based upon 25 years of research, provides a strong foundation for strengthening and expanding our relationships by heightening an understanding of our fundamental attachment needs.
Dr. Susan Johnson and Les Greenberg, the developers of EFT, and their colleagues discovered in their years of research that adults in their primary partnerships need to feel fundamentally secure and safe in order to generate a shared rich and lasting bond. If this foundation is threatened many couples experience high levels of stress and reactivity, accompanied with rigid interaction patterns, leading to disconnection and discontent. With out a doubt our love relationships can be both a source of great joy and profound stress. What I love about EFT is I am able to see couples and families come together, decrease their distress and discover how to create a secure and lasting bond. When our relationships are working everything goes better in life.
I discovered Brainspotting (BSP), a highly effective brain-based psychotherapeutic method close to 10 years ago. At the time I had received advanced training in a method for treating trauma known as Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). While I was finding EMDR to be effective I was thrilled to discover an additional method that appeared to provide even stronger results. I am currently certified in BSP.
When applied within a therapeutic relationship, BSP accesses the autonomic nervous system and limbic system, allowing for resolution of psychological traumas. BSP also can be used for changing non-resourceful patterns and habits. The BSP method includes locating an eye position in conjunction with using a bi-lateral auditory stimulus and focusing the client’s awareness on their physical and emotional states. I have found that BSP invites the body’s innate capacity to self-scan and self-heal.
In my practice of psychotherapy, I integrate BSP non-intrusively to serve as an enhancement to the therapeutic process. I find BSP to be particularly effective for strengthening clients’ positive resource states for performance enhancement in work, athletics and the arts.
PURPOSE + HEART = MEANING
The origin of the word career is linked to the Latin term carrus, which refers to a Gallic wagon andin more recent times is linked to our word car. Our careers are often understood in similar terms, in that a career is a vehicle for going places in one’s life.
Resourceful and creative thinking regarding the topic of work is very much in need as we proceed with the 21st century. Today’s workscape is filled with uncertainty and unexpected twists and turns adding new challenges for all of us crafting a working life. When it comes to making choices within this dynamic milieu about our work, our relationships, our families and ourselves, concepts such as work life balance and climbing the career ladder fall flat. I help my clients face this challenge actively with my idea of careering, which allows them to engage questions such as the following: How can I be present with my children while tending to the next steps in my career? How long should I stay at this job or even how long will this company remain viable? Should I take my career in a different direction? Do I need to receive additional training? Do I put enough effort into my health, my important relationships and my dreams?
I offer you the opportunity to examine closely some of life’s most important quandaries in order to craft directions that reflect your values and hold the most meaning. I do this by helping you listen more deeply to yourself, discover and cultivate your own stories and put these into action in your personal and professional life. I provide career testing for those of you that are at the beginning stages of crafting your work direction. If you have traveled longer we will use your past experiences and combine these with your dreams and the needs of the world in order to determine both an effective discovery process and what is next.