Counseling is at the heart of all our services. Our goal is to develop a partnership where you, as our client, can:
talk about what's truly important to you
experience deep listening on your concerns
strategize how to best achieve your goals
benchmark progress, determine what's working and what isn't as you move along
be accountable for your commitments
celebrate your strengths and successes
Everyone's goals are unique. Sometimes the purpose of counseling is to develop goals -- a sense of where you're at now and what you want. Having clear objectives isn't necessary to begin getting help.
Some of the common counseling targets include ADD, anxiety, dealing with difficult co-workers, depression, headaches, migraines, communications and conflict, sleep issues, trauma, managing stress, increasing emotional intelligence, preparing for a high-profile performance or increased productivity.
Benefits: The Joy of Progress!
Progress on goals often effects more than one area of your life, sometimes unintentionally, often quite positively. Examples:
A wife of a depression patient told me she was grateful her partner was more willing to plan vacations. This gives the whole family much needed rest and fun.
Husband of an ADD client loved it when she was able to stop her stimulant medication. It had made her quite irritable with him and the kids.
The spouse of a fire phobia client noted that when his wife's phobia went away, she took up bowling with him and began enjoying trying new foods.
Many parents of my young ADHD kids have rejoiced at being able to leave them to stay over night with grandparents more often. The kids are less impulsive, better behaved and, hence, easier to enjoy.
An executive achieved a significant decrease in her migraine frequency. She now uses the breathing technique I taught her, on her kids if they wake up during the night. It helps them calm down and get back to sleep.
In the counseling process, it can be valuable to include tools such as assessments of behavioral style, depression, or emotional intelligence or to use behavioral trackers. (Neuroscience tools here.)
If needed, we can delve into deeper emotional territory in conversation to tackle sources of stress, anxiety, phobias, and depression. EMDR is a useful tool for that.
EMDR helps release negative beliefs and behavior by using eye movements to process traumatic memories. It helps those stuck or haunted by memories which intrude into their night or day-to-day lives. More on what EMDR is and how it works in an article by founder Dr. Francine Shapiro in BrainWorld.com.
Registration for Counseling
To understand your background, goals, strengths, and concerns and to help you understand the counseling process, we begin our new clients with a 60-75 minute intake consultation.
For many, the hardest part of counseling is the phone call to make the first appointment. There is relief in beginning. Feel free to bring anything that helps you tell me about who you are and what you'd like to accomplish.
Please download these documents prior to our appointment, fill them out, and bring them with you. If you are unable to retrieve these forms, please let us know.