What makes your practice special when compared with others in the area?
My practice in clinical psychology is based on my being competent, holistic, available, and down-to-Earth. I have been in practice for 30 years now, and am a perpetual student, always interested in learning more: about folks I work with and how to help them solve and live better with their problems, about cats I love, live with, and use as therapeutic allies, and about good old Mother Nature and her healing powers, including Energy and Scenery and other animals. I have accreted like a coral reef a combination of powerful therapies : traditional psychoanalytic Insight-Oriented Talk Therapy layered with Ericksonian and Cognitive-Behavioral Hypnotherapeutics, EMDR, Energy Works (i.e., EFT, TAT, Reiki, Healing Touch, Essential Oils), Bibliotherapy, and Pet Therapy (using my cats as therapeutic allies). I work collaboratively with people, trusting their ability to find answers within themselves with my help.
What are you and your team proud of at your practice?
I am pleased to have maintained my California roots: casual, open, frank but empathically so. And with a pronounced sense of humor. Got to be able to laugh at life, and cry too. I work with all ages, infant to geriatric (mature, as I like to call those of us as we age). I kept thinking that I would chose between a child practice or an adult practice when "I grew up professionally." Instead, I found that most children came attached to adults and most adults have been children and it has been useful to specialize in understanding and doing therapy with all ages and all modalities: individual, play therapy, couples, families, and groups. I also am particularly interested in working with hypnosis and energy work combined, especially for people with medical problems, including pain and chronic immune illnesses, such as cancer, and arthritis, lupus, but also habit changes I also work with other species, in person or long distance, using energy work and animal communication. I am always moved by the gratitude and continuing experience of how much these animals (i.e., dogs, cats, birds, horses) are sentient beings just like humans (although perhaps better).