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What to Do About Your Little Boy Husband
By Matt W. Sandford, LMHCI don’t mean to stereotype (too much), but do you think that husbands or boyfriends come in &l...
Feeling Behind in Life: The Myth of the Self Made Man(Person)
By Matt W. Sandford, LMHCI often talk with people who are struggling because they feel that they are behind in life in some w...
Sexual Trauma and Men - A Path to Thriving
Talking about sexual assault, sexual abuse, and rape is difficult for anyone. For men, it has it’s own unique challenge...
3 Ways to Tackle Anxiety
Matt W. Sandford, LMHC Everyone worries, but not everyone worries the same way. Everyone worries but not everyone is affecte...
Depression and Hypnotherapy
An ever increasing number of people suffer from depression in 2014. Generally, doctors believe that depression is mostly biol...
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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 am probably not that different than many people that are my age. I often have difficulty sleeping through the night. Maybe it is aches and pains. Maybe it is something on my mind. Or maybe some combination of the two. The last two nights have been different. I slept through the night on both occasions. So what was different ? Well I went to bed at about the same time each night. I read a self hypnosis script and then a novel for a short time. I made a conscious effort to reduce the amount of liquid I drank before 8PM. While these were all good and important physical steps, I think one thing I did made the most difference. I merely decided that I would sleep well-that's right-I convinced myself that everything would be all right (my mantra) and by God it was. Of all the habits that I have formed before I sleep, maybe that is the one that needs to be adhered to more than any!!
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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