Looking For A Counselor?
Finding the right counselor can be a daunting task. Your best bet is to get a referral from a friend who has had a good experience with someone. Even that might not produce a good fit for you as your friend may have different needs and standards. Most people will take to searching on the Internet. There you will find a long list of counselors with varying degrees and levels of experience. Take a look at the websites of prospective counselors to get an idea of their professional orientations and approaches to counseling. After you have narrowed it down, make a phone call and ask to speak to the coounselor you are interested in seeing. You should get a sense of whether to continue. Your best sense of the therapist will result from your first face-to-face meeting.
My approach to therapy
I offer Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy augmented with Energy Psychology techniques to adults who experience anxiety and depression and those who engage in compulsive and addictive behaviors. Any ongoing behavior that results in detriment to one’s
physical or emotional health, financial security, career or relationships with partner, family or friends may be compulsive. These include the more obvious behaviors such as alcohol or other substance abuse, over/under eating, gambling, etc. Other behaviors, such as over-exercising, being perpetually busy or over-working can also be compulsive. Emotional states, such as anxiety, depression and anger or rage, can result from compulsive ruminating, worrying or perfectionism. Various sexual behaviors such as excessive masturbation, viewing pornography, infidelity and promiscuity can also be compulsive. Engaging in compulsive/addictive behaviors is an effective way of distracting our attention away from our Self. It is a means of avoiding full participation in our experience of life.
It is easy to view compulsive/addictive behaviors as pathological, something that needs to be cured. In reality, compulsive/addictive behaviors start out as adaptive means of soothing ourselves that have become maladaptive. When we are under stress, the mind goes to those behaviors that it has learned will bring about relief from the stress. The focus of my practice is in assisting my clients in fortifying themselves on all levels, physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual, and guiding them as they retrain their minds to find alternative means of soothing and cope in more effective ways.
My inclusion of Energy Psychology (EP) techniques has taken mental health therapy to a new level. Beyond merely talking about the presenting issue, EP gives us the tools to seek out the roots of the undesired behaviors. My clients have reported significant decreases in anxiety, depression and unwanted compulsive behaviors.
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