In the realm of psychological healing and personal growth, the landscape is rich with diverse therapeutic modalities that aim to help individuals navigate their internal landscapes and heal past wounds. Two powerful approaches that have garnered attention in recent years are Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy and Matrix Reimprinting. Individually, they offer unique perspectives and…

As a psychotherapist specializing in couples counseling in Glendale, CA area and a Couples and Family Counseling professor at Pepperdine University , lying is a topic that is brought to the table more days than none. I found that when couples bring this topic into a therapy with grace session they are searching for two…

Possunt quia posse videntur ~ VirgilI was motivated to write this week’s post (and even wrote most of it). Then I realized there were much better resources available than what I could provide alone. Motivation is a huge field of research! It has been studied for centuries by philosophers, educators, neurologists, sportsman, lawyers, leaders –…

Grief Therapy for Indigenous Peoples   The history of First Nations in Canada is marked by layers of intergenerational trauma, stemming from centuries of colonization, forced assimilation, and systemic injustices. This trauma is not just a relic of the past but continues to affect new generations through psychological, social, and cultural channels. The emotional reactions…

Faith, hope and love; the greatest of these is love (I Corinthians 13:13). What settles people in from existing storms is the ability to present one another with the probability of hope. Living is not enough; one must indeed know how to live. How? Understanding the how fragile one’s existence actually is. Taking stock in…

Are you a worrier?  Some of my hypnotherapy clients think that they inherited worrying from their mom.  Worrying is not passed down through our genes but we do tend to adopt similar patterns and beliefs as our parents.  I’m sure you’ll agree, worrying can be a big time and energy waster, and it can also…

Recently Dr. Gayle MacBride was asked that very question. Here’s her response: “Drytripping,” quite simply, is intentionally making the choice to not consume alcohol while on vacation. On “vacy” we can tend to over indulge and abstaining from alcohol can be beneficial because we tend to remember things more clearly and we don’t experience the lapses in…

Take a guess, how many studies exist examining the effectiveness of addiction programs for unwanted pornography viewing?  The answer: ZERO.  Pretty shocking right? Addiction recovery programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) have been around for decades. These programs have helped countless people over the years overcome drug and alcohol problems. Many have attempted to apply the…

Hypnotherapy is a form of therapy that uses hypnosis to help people achieve positive changes in their health and well-being. Hypnosis is a natural state of focused attention and heightened suggestibility that can enhance the power of the mind to influence the body and behavior. In this blog post, we will explore some of the…

How Addiction Affects Relationships Secure functioning relationships cannot exist while addiction is present. Substance abuse and addiction have many costs and one of the greatest comes to close relationships. Romantic relationships affected by addiction tend to involve far more conflict than most relationships. Broken trust, hurt feelings and anxiety are side effects of substance abuse…