My Treatment Approach
In my treatment approach,
I bring special expertise in blending…
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Mind-Body Modalities
- Clinical Aromatherapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
As a therapist, it has been my experience that clients believe they have limited choices or options in their lives due to a faulty belief system. I gently challenge this line of thought, enabling clients a greater sense of freedom and personal power, knowing that in every situation they have a choice.
Mind-Body (TMS) Perspective
Often my work encompasses a mind-body (TMS) perspective. I believe that many physical ailments have an emotional component to them and everyone’s body is a wealth of often underutilized information. I teach my clients to use their body as a barometer in order to gain valuable insight into denied emotions and issues. In taking responsibility and ownership of their physical selves, a sense of empowerment emerges, enabling growth, positive change and transformation.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Vicki is a 67-year-old woman who was referred by her physician for treatment of depression and abuse of pain medication. Vicki lived in a condo and had been caring for her husband, Bob, who suffered a brain aneurysm. She had little support from family, felt isolated, exhausted and overwhelmed by her husband’s disorientation, impulsivity, and argumentativeness. Initially, Vicki appeared depressed and talked about feeling trapped and burdened by her caregiver role. She used pain pills to help herself relax, had withdrawn from friends, and often became frustrated in trying to reason with Bob which resulted in feeling guilty. Treatment focused on providing a safe place for Vicki to work through her underlying feelings of anger, grief, and loss that she had been avoiding through overuse of prescription medication. We also focused on diffusing Vicki’s beliefs and distorted thinking that caused her to neglect her own needs. Vicki realized that she was deserving and was able to identify ways to gain a greater sense of meaning to her life while she cared for her husband. Through education regarding the effects of a stroke and coaching, Vicki began to understand, accept, and effectively cope with her husband’s cognitive deficits. At the end of treatment, she reported an improved sense of wellbeing and ability to manage Bob’s challenging behavior. She appeared more animated and had begun to socialize with friends. In addition, Vicki made the decision to stop abusing her pain medication due to its negative impact on her mood.
Mind-Body (TMS) Perspective
Jill came to therapy feeling depressed. She talked about suffering from chronic low back pain that prevented her from doing what she loved, running. A MRI she had taken was normal and she found little relief from a combination of physical therapy, acupuncture, nerve pain medication, and epidural injections. Our work soon revealed Jill’s unhappiness stemming from her needs not being met in her six-year relationship. Treatment focused on providing education about the mind-body connection, Tension Myositis S
Carolyn is a 45-year-old woman who sought therapy for treatment of anxiety, sleep disturbance, and panic attacks related to post-traumatic stress disorder. Carolyn’s symptoms began after being involved in a catastrophic car accident involving a fatality. As part of treatment, Carolyn was guided in creating a simple blend of 2-3 essential oils that elicited a relaxed feeling upon inhalation. Interestingly, she intuitively chose essential oils of Bergamot and Lavender. Bergamot is known for its relaxing, restorative, and calming energetic qualities and Lavender for its ability to calm, sooth and encourage balance in all body systems. Carolyn was then taught how to induce a relaxed state with a meditative breathing exercise paired with inhalation of the blend administered to her pulse points. As follow up, she was directed to practice the exercise in the morning, afternoon, and prior to bedtime to develop an association between the blend’s aroma and relaxed feeling state. After two weeks of practice, Carolyn reported that she no longer experienced daily generalized anxiety, was sleeping a full 8 hours a night and could prevent the occurrence of a panic attack. Her anxiety was more episodic in nature and easily managed. Carolyn further reported that imagining the scent itself elicited a state of relaxation. A month into treatment Carolyn stopped practicing the exercise and reported that her anxiety had increased. Carolyn was directed to resume her daily routine, which included the pairing of her meditation and uses of the essential oils blend, and shortly thereafter experienced a reduction in anxiety.