Methods of Treatment
I believe the primary tool of the therapist is the therapist. If I have not personally found peace how can I possibly help anyone else find peace? If I have not done my own healing how can I be a healer? If I do not know how to love, how can I teach anyone else to love?
My therapeutic orientation is eclectic. I entered my PhD program with two years supervised experience as a Pastoral Counselor. Since those two years satisfied the requirements for my Externship and part of my Internship I was able to use that time to learn other therapeutic approaches, studying under the best I could find of therapist-teachers; Behavior Modification Therapy with Zev Wanderer, PhD, professor at UCLA, at his Beverly Hills clinic, Image Therapy with Paul Fairweather, PhD, Hypnotherapy with Raymond La Scola, MD, Jungian Therapy with Robert Gerard, PhD, and Existential Therapy with Carol Wright, Th. D. For my dissertation I compared the relative effectiveness of three desensitization techniques in the treatment of phobias.
I was the first in Colorado to learn Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I have studied Emotional Freedom Therapy (EFT), an adaptation of acupuncture for emotional issues; also Theophostics, healing prayer, meditation and relaxation techniques, diet and exercise. I am an admirer of John Gottman, PhD, Dan Wile, PhD, and David Schnarch, PhD, for their insights and clinical skills in the area of couples’ therapy.
When I journey with a client I hold firmly to the belief that we are dealing with the whole person and not just one aspect of the person. The body, mind, emotions, and spirit all intertwine. To not consider how each is likely to interact with the whole person is to overlook a piece of the puzzle that could lead to a breakthrough.
My therapeutic approach is eclectic. No two clients are alike so I do not adhere to one therapeutic approach for all. I strongly believe that drawing from many approaches allows me to be respectful of each client’s unique needs. I am compassionate, intuitive, and fully sensitive to the wounds of the past as well as to current day wounds. Discovering what approach works best for each person is often what makes the difference in the success of the therapy process.