Are you wondering if personal counseling can help you?
Do you sometimes feel depressed or desperate because your life isn’t moving forward the way you’d hoped? Or find that you’re constantly criticizing yourself? Or struggle with having a sense of purpose or willingness to take action toward your purpose or desire?
These feelings and struggles are all signs of psychological and spiritual wounds. These wounds result from a broken relationship within yourself and with others. These broken places can become the source of your greatest potential.
This is what my life transition counseling service is for.
Seeking help is not a weakness. Instead it shows signs of strength, hope and desire for change.
My counseling services help you Recognize, Reconcile, Release and Reframe emotions and beliefs that block your confidence and happiness. I help you learn to more effectively cope with your struggles, feel self-confident in the world, and move forward in life.
I offer several forms of counseling, based on your desire and needs.
Psychotherapy – Through a supportive relationship of trust and rapport together, I assist you learning how to feel and respond to the wisdom of your body, mind and spirit. All life experiences are an opportunity for learning and growth. They are intended to be the “teacher” not the “enemy”.
I help people work what I call the 4 R’s: Recognize the problem. (Name it) and accept it. Reconcile (calm it), take responsibility for how it’s effecting you and how you are coping with it. I help you work through it by assisting you in creating a higher awareness and perspective of it, in order to Release it (tame it). You develop more effective coping strategies with a more constructive belief, greater self-confidence, toward making healthier choices to rise above it. Reframe it, You create a healthier version of the problem and yourself around it, as you move through it and release it in order to learn the lessons from the experience and grow from it. You become able to change your thoughts, perceptions and beliefs about yourself—within the context of your own life experiences—so your true identity and voice emerge.
Change takes place from the inside out at the pace of your choosing. I offer you to the opportunity to discover your own pathways to the source of your strength and inner power. That source is most often accessed when you learn to feel your feelings—and trust them—because ‘you cannot heal what you don’t feel. I will suggest and offer integrative therapeutic tools to aid your recovery. These bring fresh light and life into your body to promote healing at physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and relational levels.
MINDFULNESS Psychotherapy – Uses concepts from both western and Buddhist Psychology. The practice of Mindfulness is an important and effective life skill with practical and healthy applications to daily living in every area of our life. It’s learning to be more in the moment of life .To be aware of the present experience, and our feelings and emotions with acceptance. It’s empowering, because you learn to change from the inside-out, becoming more aware of your thoughts, without attaching to thoughts. Pain and suffering are the result of resistance and non-acceptance of a situation. Using mindfulness, you practice changing your perception and attitude about yourself related to your experience. This creates more heart-mind coherence in situations and peace within, allowing more clarity and focus. The practice of Mindfulness helps you develop greater self-awareness, increased self-confidence to make healthier choices.
EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing – EMDR is a powerful and transforming process for relieving the symptoms of stress, low self-esteem, depression, fear, anxiety and trauma. A clinically researched and integrated therapy, EMDR uses eye movements (like the ones that occur naturally when you’re in your dreaming state) to help you target and process blocked information. That way your body-mind releases and reprocesses the stressful and dysfunctional images, negative beliefs, and physical sensations associated with past stressful or traumatic events. The EMDR process activates your innate healing system for inner resolution and a happier, more confident quality of life.
Integrated Breath Therapy – This therapy is a powerful and effective spiritual process which creates positive insights and life changes. Breath Therapy works with the breath as your life force, so you open to deeper levels of consciousness. It brings the unconscious imprints stored in your body to the conscious awareness of your mind. Breath Therapy helps you to uncover, release and reframe unhealthy beliefs, negative emotions and energetic blocks held in your body. By creating inner healing, you realize new insight, energy and self-confidence.
Spiritual Integration – Through dialogue and visualization your learn how your experiences have been created on a spiritual level to help your soul’s growth and transformation. This is how you build a stronger relationship to your soul and higher power. With these stronger relationships you will move through your earthly journey with greater awareness, purpose and ease.
Sessions are 60 to 90 minutes in length depending on modalities used. Advance appointments are required through my Grand Rapids office. We will devote the first session to discovering you and your truths. We continue on in conversation to explore your universe of thoughts, feelings, beliefs and perceptions. The goal of our conversations is developing your emotional intelligence and relationship management skills. Insurance is accepted; payment is due at the completion of each session. Special payment arrangements are available.