Counseling/Psychotherapy comes in many flavors. Unlike ice cream, where chocolate, strawberry and vanilla are different but all are delicious, modes of psychotherapy are different in purpose and in usefulness.
Most of the ways we create emotional problems in our lives do not require long-term psychotherapy. Sometimes our problems press on our minds and hearts. We feel so burdened that we become depressed or anxious and it seems we can never again feel "normal." Occasionally this gets translated into a habit of being depressed. Can we ever claw our way out of it? The answer is "Yes". We can learn new ways of feeling and thinking that makes us strong, glad and positive.
Few emotional issues take long-term therapy. My goal is to help you recover your normal self-confidence. I specialize in short-term counseling. My intent is to find the fastest road to your happiness and success. Getting you over the problem emotions will let you live your life fully and joyfully. If you then want to explore other areas of distress or problem-solving we can do that, but after the immediate pain has stopped.
I employ a variety of tools. Cognitive Behavior Therapy (REBT) is a starting point for many personal emotional problems. It is the "gold standard" for depression and anxiety issues. For interpersonal and relational difficulties, I often find Transactional Analysis to be the most productive. Other techniques we will use include hypnotherapy–never alone, but always in the context of counseling. Another particular specialty is sex therapy and coaching, with great results for both young clients and also with older, senior clients.
I am often asked "How long will this take? How many sessions?" No one can promise the length of the process, but I look to assist you effectively and in as short a time as possible. Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, a form of Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and the other methods I use are noted as much more efficient than older techniques.
A word about "spirituality" and "pastoral". Some read those words and think, "Religion, Christianity, Judaism, Islam." Spirituality however, is not limited to doctrinal religions–some, but not all, religions substitute dogma for spirituality. Spirituality is something we all experience. It is sense of purpose, reverence, awe and gratitude that some people feel as they look out over the coastal cliffs to the sea, when they stand among the redwoods, when they have had the closeness of sex with a lover, when they look up in a night sky filled with billions of stars, when they have discovered a close connection with a friend, when they have discovered/chosen the purpose for their life.
I have successfully aided clients from traditional communities of faith, but many of my clients identify themselves as atheist, agnostic, skeptic, "recovering" and yet have found their spiritual center within themselves and chosen their life purpose, their "ground of being."
Spirituality is a part of emotional health. It is not a dogma or doctrine. It is freeing, not confining. It is part of an open, adventurous life, not a closed one.If you have questions, I'll be glad to speak with you.
Email me. firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-415-479-3945.