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Individual Therapy & Coaching



The very center of your heart is where life begins, the most beautiful place on earth.
- Rumi


Start from the heart, the rest will follow.
- Deborah Rutt

“If we want to fully experience love and belonging, we must believe that we are worthy of love and belonging.”
- Brené Brown



I have had a general private psychotherapy practice for more than 25 years, providing brief and in-depth psychotherapy for individuals, couples and families. Therapy is designed collaboratively with the client to bring about the desired change as efficiently as possible, selecting from an array of approaches with practical strategies to address a wide variety of problems or concerns.  In general I adopt an empowering, compassionate and nonjudgmental approach to change, focused on client strengths to better meet life challenges. Is joyful heart-based life possible? Yes!

Common Presenting Issues

Chronic Pain
Communication problems
Depression, chronic discouragement
Dissociative disorders
Divorce
Domestic Abuse
Gay / Lesbian/ LGBTQ Issues
Grief or Loss
Life transition issues
Parenting Issues
Partnership/ marital issues
PTSD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Relationship issues at home or workplace
Self-esteem and Self-compassion
Sexuality/Sexual issues
Spirituality issues

Therapeutic Approaches and Techniques

I develop a plan for therapy collaboratively with each client, drawing from an array of therapeutic models and techniques, from both Western or traditional approaches as well as Eastern approaches and techniques. I also incorporate The Daring Way™ strategies for transformation focused developing courage, compassion and connection -- all to strengthen one's sense of belonging and life satisfaction. Some techniques below reflect new research in brain science with informs us that "rewiring the brain" is not only possible, but can be key to change. Some psychologists talk about the need to "think from our hearts", while others refer to the importance of developing a "compassionate brain". (See references on the 'LINKS' tab.) The connection between mind, body, emotions and spirit is found in ancient wisdom and beliefs and fortunately it is being recognized or re-cognized today.

Psycho-educational
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
Behavioral Health Therapy
Family Systems Therapy (MFT)
Internalized Family Systems Therapy (IFS)
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Distress Tolerance
Acceptance and Committment Therapy (ACT)
Positive Psychology
Mindfulness / Meditation
Cognitive Restructuring with ThetaHealing®
EMDR Eye Movement Densitization Reprogramming (EMDR)
EM Wave™ technology for heart-brain coherence
Transpersonal Psychology
Hypnosis

Areas of Specialization:

Anxiety and Depression 
        There so many effective tools today to help reduce and/or alleviate these common problems.
       It is appropriate to be optimistic about change.
Relationship Therapy & Coaching
       I have developed a broad range of strategies and techniques including a doctorate in relational communication
         to help couples address almost any challenge.  (See separate TAB for more information.)

PTSD and Stress-Related Issues
       Trauma and chronic stress are often more common that people realize but difficult to
         reslove without the right help. EMDR is great tool

Communication Consultation / Coaching
       Communication has been my career passion, for all kinds of relationships in many arenas --
         intimate relationships, friendships, organizational communication in the workplace and in litigation.
         I'm an advocate for Nonviolent Communication in working with conflict resolution.
ThetaHealing®
       I am ThetaHealing® provider and teacher. This technique can foster life change by
         clearing beliefs negatively impacting one's life.  Please contact me for more information.

Coaching & Consultation

Coaching and Consultation


My Coaching and consultation practice is distinct from my therapy practice, especially designed for individuals interested in gaining support, guidance and perspective, rather than psychotherapy, in work arenas or in personal life. Coaching and Consultation may take a variety of forms to meet your needs with variable time frames and availability, including working via video conference.  Please ask about any of these offerings:

Life Coaching:
One or more sessions designed with you to help accomplish specific life goals and intentions, with guidance, support and increased awareness. Sessions can range from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours. Online sessions available. Contact me for more information or to receive a free initial consultation.

Communication Coaching or Consultation:

With a PhD specializing in interpersonal and relationship communication, I offer my services to help you enhance relationships in your work and personal life. I can also assist you develop effective presentation skills to reach your target audience. Please refer to DJR Communication for additional information.

Mindfulness and Meditation
Coaching:
As a long time meditator and mindfulness practitioner I offer suppport for people's meditation practice, to deepen their experience at any stage of their practice. Meditation and mindfulness can strengthen one's overall health, resilience and enhance one's relationship with their own self.

Executive Coaching:

Particularly crafted for supervisors, managers and executives in the workplace. I offer you assistance addressing all types of relationship and communication issues to deal more effectively with others in the workplace. This could include conflict management/resolution, dealing with 'difficult' people, as well as increasing your performance and likeability while tackling job responsibiliities with greater authenticity and vision; also developing more effective persuasive and presentation skills.

Third Party Consultations for Helping Professionals:

Designed for helping professionals who would like assistance and perspective on their work with their own clients. Contact me for more information or to receive a free initial consultation.