All individual treatment depends on client needs. I use a variety of approaches that help a person move through their concerns to a sense of completion. Over the past 20 years, I have trained in Adlerian, Congnitive Behavioral & Gestalt Theories, and Somatic experiencing. All of these are combined with my integration of Pia Mellody's model which evaluates a person from their historical perspective. I work with one’s Family of Origin (FOO) by helping them to understand their Wounded Child, Adaptive Child and growing their Functional Adult. This is combined with learning the 5 Core Self Skills, which are appropriate self-esteem, boundaries, reality, inner-dependence and moderation. Strengthening and growing a functional self is essential for successful relationships and a satisfying life.
I also stress the importance of a person’s spiritual heritage. In treatment an individual needs to explore the meaning of all they have gone through to truly make sense of their life. There are many ways this unfolds in session. It is helpful for a person to evaluate their faith tradition and understand its impact on their life today; exploration of the Christian tradition and the Bible are important topics to discuss where apporpriate; evaluating other teaching and writings from religious traditions; I also use breathing, centering, mindfulness and meditation as a practice of healing and wholeness.
I offer 1 hour sessions for individuals on a regular basis. At times, due to distance, some clients choose to have a two or three hour-long sessions for intensive work on a monthly basis..
In between sessions I recommend homework. Homework consists of journaling, reading books or listening to recommended CD's, attending appropriate workshops or groups, AA, and other 12 step groups which offer support and incorporate a new behavioral practice in their lives.
For further information please contact me at 513-204-5843.