Are memories from past events in your life causing upset, depression and anxiety?
Are you afraid to talk about events that you were coerced into to keeping silent?
Have you been the victim of physical violence, sexual abuse or war, or some other catastrophic event?
Are you feeling hopeless? about changing the past and being able to live a fulfilling and happy present?
In addition to creating the space for the truth to be told. I use two proven modalities to release trauma from the body: Brainspotting and EFT.
More information about trauma.
Individual therapy for trauma in my San Francisco counseling practice
Often a client comes to me initially for one reason, and sexual abuse or trauma comes up later. We work at each person’s pace. With the development of Brainspotting developed by David Grand and Lisa Schwarz, we are able to access the parts of the brain that hold good and bad memories from the past. With the help of the therapist, you are able to create resources to help you deal with traumatic experiences from the past. We all hold trauma because being born is traumatic.
Things men and woman have hidden all of their life frequently are expressed in our sessions.
I work with dreams and nightmares, showing how disturbances are held in the body and providing a means for releasing them.
I believe that all people are part of a larger group, be it family, spiritual, friends, or work. I like to know where a client is coming from to determine how best to be of help.
Often members of an extended family or group are invited to therapy sessions to work on a client’s specific issues. I have even lived with a group or family to help resolve difficult problems.
Sexual abuse and trauma therapy in my San Francisco mental health practice
A woman came to me who had been sexually abused by a family member. As a result of her trauma, she was extremely overprotective of her own children. Using a combination of techniques, I helped her see ways of having healthy relationships with her children and husband. In this case, I worked only with the woman, but many times I will work with the entire family.
Helping individuals through their personal network and investigating a client’s “personal pathology” reveals that no one lives in a vacuum and that others suffer similar feelings.
I specialize in “inner child” work, and will role-play to help a client work on issues. Switching roles often reveals a resolution to the problem.
Role playing is an effective way of relieving anxiety about stressful situations.
Help with famly-of-origin stress problems in my San Francisco psychotherapy practice
One of my clients and I worked on family-of-origin issues. His mother was very controlling and would not allow him to express himself freely. He was an educator and wanted to help others through educational programs. When he first came to see me, he was afraid to express his dreams and withdrew to protect himself from being hurt. I helped him express his desire to help others through education. He now expresses his passion through his unique educational programs.
Fear and phobia therapy in my San Francisco counseling practice
A man came to see me to overcome his fear of flying. Using experiential and cognitive behavior therapy, I led him through an imaginary flight. From getting ready for a trip and packing, to driving to the airport and checking in, to sitting in the boarding area waiting, we thoroughly covered every detail. The next step was to actually go to the airport and sit with him, allowing him to experience his anxiety. He eventually prepared himself to take a trip and successfully overcome his anxiety about flying.