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Spirituality and The Inner Child
Core spiritual therapy entails learning to go within and communicate with the inner child. There are several parts to the inn...
Anxiety and Phobias
Anxiety can be crippling, especially if it is free-floating anxiety, as if you were thrown into a state with no beginning and...
Have you been crushed by depression? Have you been in and out of it all of your life? Or has there been some situation or eve...
Healing Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse: Men and Women
Over the years I have had many patients who knowingly or unknowingly come to my office with the issue of child sexual abuse. ...
Couples and Marriage Counseling
When a couple comes in for counseling together, it usually means that they would like to find out if they can repair the rela...
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Core spiritual therapy entails learning to go within and communicate with the inner child. There are several parts to the inner child which are largely submerged in the unconscious. As adults we have gotten out of touch with the feelings and memories attendant with this special child part which carries the potential for healing and deep spirituality. The reawakening of these parts of the personality is crucial to healing the rift between the numerous aspects of the inner child (e.g., the lonely, abandoned, worthless, abused, etc.) and the adult self.
Without inner child work the individual remains stuck in unhealthy relationships which bear the stamp of past learned beliefs about oneself. When one sympathizes with the parents’ traumas of the past, for example, it is a justification for the avoidance of dealing with the painful experiences of childhood and developing more kindness toward oneself. When the parents have spawned the child’s experience of neglect and rejection,...
Talking about sexual assault, sexual abuse, and rape is difficult for anyone. For men, it has it’s own unique challenges – often putting to question a man’s sense of his own masculinity. Men, some think more then women, are quiet about this experience. They often don’t know what path to take in dealing with such challenging memories. And we know that when people don’t talk about the hard stuff, when they hold it in, that they often get depressed, angry, sad, and feel alone and misunderstood.
For this reason, I’m offering a new path…a therapy group specifically for men who’ve experienced a sexual trauma, whether as children or adults. Anyone who identifies as male, whether he is transgender or cisgender; gay, bisexual or straight; is eligible to join. The main criteria is that he wants to be in a community where he can find ways to improve his satisfaction and contentedness with the way he is living his life. Some of the discussions will...
Traumas come in many forms. Some types of traumatic events that perpetually victimize a person's mind include rape, incest, childhood abuse, witnessing the death of friends or family, or fearing for life and limb in dangerous situations like members of our armed forces. Additionally, accidents of various types (car, sports injuries), even being dropped suddenly by an ex (relationship break-up), can lead a person to code the event in their mind and body with self-destructive effects and consequences. Traumas have varying degrees of intensity, time frames, and complexity. Even though the type of traumatic event differs from person to person, does not make what happened any less important or life-impacting. Unresolved traumas either immobilize a person or have a way of leaking into other areas of life.
A trauma is the memory of an unpleasant, devastating event(s) associated with strong debi...
There is so much discussion in the news lately about legalization of cannabis/marijuana in various states across the United States, whether to legalize it in some states, whether the federal government should legalize it all together, etc. In addition, there has been an increase in reports of sexual abuse offenses, sex trafficking, etc. There has also been much discussion/debate on the high percentage of incarnated individuals who have a history of sexual abuse, are dependent on illegal substances (ex. cocaine, amphetamines, opiates, etc.), inebriated from too much consumption of alcohol, or are dependent upon alcohol which precipitates other nefarious activities. Although these are legitimate issues that have been raised, little discussion has been given to the impact substance abuse/dependence has on families, children, and adult children of alcoholics (ACOA) and the similarities between children who grow up in alcoholic families and children who were sexually abused in their families....
Counsellors are professionals who provide a service to support people to develop better understanding of themselves and others, deal with life difficulties and make the changes they want in their lives.
Counsellors and highly skilled in a wide variety of therapy interventions across a spectrum of life difficulties.
Counsellors work in private practice and in public and private organisations
Counsellors work with current life transitions and crisis and longer term difficulties.
A counsellor enhances a person's capacity to cope with life challenges such as:
- Relationships and relationship endings
- Grief and loss ( including pets, menopause, divorce)
- Domsetic Violence
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Childhood Trauma and Abuse
Seeing a counsellor reduces stress and helps people copy with distress and crisis. Counselling also assists in developing inner resourses and setting of life goals.
Counsellors work face to face, online ...
Through Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, you can get some rebalance in your life. This is offered only after payment and initial satisfaction you are happy to go ahead with treatment. Whether you are a teacher or a soldier or even a bank manager, most people get benefit with programme.
Locally, can meet and discuss initial arrangements. Totally impersonal and professional.
Many times it is challenging to keep calm when life keeps throwing you curve balls. You make some plans and everything that could go wrong does. Your car doesn’t start, your boss yells at you for a late report, your kid is sick, you have to work overtime on a Friday, and so on. At times these small crises seem to happen all at once and it can be overwhelming. How do you stop and find your way back to a state of calm?
It is essential to remember that regardless of any outside circumstances, drama or family issues we may experience we all have a part of us that is a center of calm. It might be clouded by all the turmoil that is happening in our lives but it is always there, waiting for us to tap into it. It is waiting for us to come back to this state of peacefulness. On days like this, we need to stop and take a quiet moment alone if possible. This could be in the car, bathroom, your office wherever you can get a moment’s peace.
Close your eyes and for every inhalation tel...
Join Dr. Pamela Brewer and I in a timely conversation about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - there is a path towards health.
I wrote the folowing article for the National Psychologist,
In my 27 years of practice as a clinical psychologist, I have been guided by a continuous curiosity to study and implement the most effective tools for helping my clients experience relief and healing. Whether the techniques are firmly rooted in the psychotherapeutic establishment or newly emerging, the main question for me has always been, “Do they work?” And like most scientist clinicians, I start off in a skeptical, yet open place. My toolkit at this stage is rather expansive – including hypnosis, solution-oriented therapy and systems approaches to name a few.
Central to my work in the past decade, however, is the practice of Energy Psychology (EP), a psychotherapeutic strat- egy that integrates established clinical principles with methods derived from various healing traditions of Eastern cultures (acupuncture, yoga, etc.). The most prominent EP modalities being practiced today (Emotional Freedom Techni...
In January, I wrote an article for the publication in the national psychologist about Energy Psychology. In a subsequent issue there was a scathing letter to the editor by Dr. Chambers that was full of errors and misinformation. In his letter, among other things, he asserted that:
“The fundamental concept of this modality, that manipulations such as tapping or eye movements can alter dysfunctional cognitions or emotional responses, has been repeatedly discredited in controlled peer-reviewed studies”
“Its [EP’s] current use in clinical practice may strain ethical boundaries.”
Chambers, M. (2012). Evidence lacking for Energy Psychology [Letter to the editor]. National Psychologist, 21(3),
Here was my response in the July issue:
Dr. Chambers’ letter, in the last issue, opens by saying he is “dismayed and concerned” that The National Psychologist would decide to publish a piece that advocates an energy psychology approach. He j...
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