The confluence of ancient traditions and scientific research confirms the truth that all life is interconnected. What we think or imagine may change our mood and physical well-being. What we do, caring for or abusing our bodies, can positively or negatively affect our thoughts and emotions. Paying attention to these different factors and, using the rich resources within you and in your environment, we can find the keys to healing in an integrated, holistic approach.
Reducing stress, anxiety and negative emotions
Dr. John Leonard (www.neurobehavioralprograms.com) developed the NeuroBehavioral Programs. This is a breakthrough protocol integrating the current knowledge of neuroscience and behavioral medicine, viewing the mind and body as a complex information sharing system, quickly creating physical and mental states of well-being. In this program one learns to use direct commands to reduce stress, anxiety and negative emotions. It is also used effectively for non-pharmacological pain reduction and release of recent or past trauma.
Human relationships, of every kind, begin at birth and extend through the lifetime. We work with the relationships of the parent-child, spouses or partners, and friends or business associates. Learning the skills of communicating information and listening to someone else is important in all these relationships. Learning to work with conflicts, different emotions, setting boundaries and creating a dialogue is essential for positive, healthy relationships.
Harnessing the power of our imagination is a key to unlocking the creative energies of the brain. Imagining something uses the same neural pathways as actually doing it. Multisensory imagery creates a pathway for reducing pain, releasing trauma, and re-framing negative to positive thoughts and images. As Paracelsus, father of modern medicine said, “The spirit is the master; imagination the tool, and the body the plastic material…The power of imagination…may produce diseases…and it may cure them.”
Our dreams serve many purposes. They may help us solve problems, rehearse and practice skills, create new things and resolve issues. Nightmares are often unresolved issues presenting themselves to us in powerful images. We can learn to use dreams by facing nightmares, changing them to powerful experiences. Calling on help and taking the time we need, we can use the dream to understand ourselves, face our fears and create new experiences or ideas.
Developmental life shifts often bring a person, couple or family to therapy. Recognizing these life stages and transitions is important in moving forward in a healthy way. We can learn from our previous experience, acquire new skills and move more smoothly through these life transitions. You may be graduating from school, beginning or changing a career, beginning or ending a relationship, facing a personal or family mental or physical illness, suffering a loss, becoming a parent or an empty nester. Any life change or transition is an opportunity to grow and change in a positive way.
The goal of psychodynamic therapy is to help people live more fully in the present by freeing them of their emotional reactions, behaviors and attitudes tied to past experiences. We will explore what may trigger these responses, identifying recurring themes and patterns. It is also important to recognize our history of bonding and attachment and how that affects our present relationships. A variety of tools and skills will be explored to help in this process.
CBT teaches people to use cognitive and behavioral skills to make changes and accomplish goals. We use CBT in many unique ways, teaching tools to change negative thoughts and behaviors to positive ones. We use many helpful resources including Michael Yapko, Ph.D.; Breaking the Patterns of Depression and David Burns, MD; Feeling Good and the Feeling Good Handbook. We use a variety of tools to assist people in making positive changes in mood and behavior.
Carl Jung, a Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, wrote Psychological Type in 1921, describing the dynamic characteristics of differences in personality. Isabel Myers and Catherine Briggs developed the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) to help people identify their type preferences. Knowing and understanding the richness, depth and breadth of one’s type, and that of others, helps in personal development and relationship success. It is often used with couples, in career counseling and in educational settings.
We recognize that our own cultural heritage, unique life style, spiritual path and that of others, are rich resources in the healing process. One might also experience prejudice, discrimination or lack of opportunity as part of the cultural environment. Finding and facing the negative and positive aspects of the multicultural experience is an essential part of our growth and development