I believe it is the relationship in counseling that is truly healing. Honesty, compassion and sometimes a sense of humor can be powerful medicine in therapy (as well as in life).
I enjoy working with people who are truly ready to make some changes in their life, even if they’re terrified to do so.
In our culture, it’s easy to forget how to feel really alive. As a psychologist, my goal is to help you work through your problems and be more present in life.
There are many ways to heal psychological wounds and facilitate personal growth. Speaking with a therapist about your anxiety, depression or some other psychological issue can be extremely helpful. Sometimes, though, simply talking about a problem isn’t enough. If you’ve “talked a problem to death,” and are all-too-aware of what’s happening – but can’t seem to do much about it – you may need a treatment that isn’t talk-oriented and intellectual. Often, insight isn’t enough.
Heart Assisted Therapy
I frequently use a protocol called Heart Assisted Therapy (HAT) to treat a variety of psychological conditions, including trauma/PTSD, anxiety, panic/phobia, depression, loss/grieving, anger/stress management, and pain management.
HAT directly engages the underlying mechanisms of a psychological issue, creating a shift so the issue resolves. A lot of psychological problems can be seen as resulting from a traumatic experience becoming “stuck.” The mind cannot fully process the experience and move on, therefore you stay stuck in the same cycle of feelings and behaviors. The actual traumatic experience has ended, but the mind keeps it going –and you continue to be traumatized. I’ve found that a lot of anxiety and depressive disorders can be seen as consequences of this “jam.” HAT gently and elegantly untangles this knot at the core of the stuck experience, allowing the anxiety and depression to fade away.
I work with athletes at all levels to maximize their potential, paying particular attention to self-defeating thoughts and behaviors. Primarily using Heart Assisted Therapy (HAT), we quiet doubts, quell fears, and increase focus on the athlete’s goals. As an avid squash player and former tennis player, I’m well aware of the many ways that the mind – if unfocused and allowed to wander aimlessly – can interfere with peak performance.