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Trauma Therapy

PTSD Therapy

EMDR Therapy

Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder:

Emotional and psychological trauma results when events create extraordinary stress that destroys a sense of security.  The result is the feeling of helplessness and vulnerability in a dangerous world.  Trauma does not have to be a physical danger to life.  Any situation that results in feelings of being overwhelmed and alone can be traumatic.  Emotional and psychological trauma is identified by the subjective emotional experience of fear and helplessness.  The trauma can be caused by one-time events, or from ongoing relentless stress. 

PTSD Symptoms:

The results of trauma may leave one struggling with a sense of constant danger, frightening memories, and other upsetting emotions.  Unexpected or unprepared for events, the feeling of powerless to prevent it, a person’s intentional cruelty, and repeated events are typical of experiences that result in trauma.  Often overlooked is the longtime stress of illness or injury, childhood experiences, and deeply disappointing or humiliating experiences.

A person should seek professional help for emotional and psychological trauma if he or she is experiencing any of the following signs of PTSD.

  • Experiencing terrifying memories, nightmares, of flashbacks
  • Feeling emotionally numb and disconnected from others
  • Having trouble functioning in life situations.
  • Unable to form close, satisfying relationships
  • Suffering from severe fear, anxiety, or depression
  • Using alcohol or drugs to control emotions or physical symptom

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How to Stop Gambling Addiction How to Stop Internet Addiction How to Stop Pornography Addiction How to Stop Food Addictions and Eating AddictionsAddictions


What is an addiction?  I like to define addictions as attachments we have formed that we find are preventing us from realizing the full potential of our relationships, our goals, our quality of life, and even our faith.  

These addictions may exhibit a physical craving for satisfaction in cases like drugs or alcohol.  They may also exhibit a craving that is harder to identify for other types of attachments.  But our body reacts is similar ways when the object of our attachment is not available.

We are usually confused by and about these attachments because we are usually comfortable with them, we probably even like the object of the attachments, whether it be alcohol or drugs, gambling, pornography, the internet, or possibly even a co-dependency or any one of a multitude of other things.

It is also true that, with addictions, the addiction is not the problem, it is only a symptom of the real issues.  Recovery from addictions requires a close look on a deeper level.  It also requires motivation to examine how these attachments are affecting the quality of one's life and to commitment to steps that will improve that quality of life.




Spiritual Wellness

Spiritual Healing

Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation


For many people, inclusion of personal spirituality is an important part of the counseling and psychotherapy process. It is never about religious conversion, but about how the client might find meaning in identity with a source that is larger than self, in the framework of the client's own belief system.  

I have worked with people of many different faiths and denominations.  The issue is never about whether we agree or disagree, but about the client experiencing his or her faith in the therapy.  It's my task to learn from the client how the facilitate that experience for him or her.  The goal is a balance of spirituality and health leading to spiritual wellness.

For those seeking a spiritual journey and spiritual guidance I can offer a variety of insights outside the structure of conservative Christian belief.  

I often am grateful for the insights I receive from my clients as we explore the great mystery and come to appreciate it for what it is.





Hypnosis for Stress and Anxiety

Stress Management and Stress Relief

Mental Health


I am a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, certified by ICBCH, the International Certification Board of Clinical Hypnotherapy. 

I sometimes, when it is called for and the client is willing, I use hypnosis to facilitate progress with the issues with which we are dealing.  It is never the total focus of my therapy.  Hypnosis is always preceded by a thorough education of what the client can expect.

Why Should I consider hypnosis?


1.      Is Safe

2.      Is Effective

3.      Is Natural

4.      Feels good and is good for you.

5.      Teaches skills that can be applied to a variety of problems.

Hypnosis works because

  • We have total control over our body and the body’s response to its environment at all times.
  • We reprogram a mindset of sickness with a mindset of health.
  • The body responds to relaxation.
  • Belief is a healing force
  • Behavior that reinforces healing is congruent with belief.
  • Recovery and regeneration are facilitated by hypnosis.

Hypnosis Fact and Fiction

There are many misbeliefs or misconceptions about hypnosis, and they all stem primarily from both a lack of education on the subject and from myths perpetrated by entertainment venues and uneducated or biased persons.

FAQs about Hypnosis

Is hypnosis effective?

The best answer is that hypnosis is effective for those whom it is effective.  It is certainly not a “magic pill” for any or all problems.  The list of approved or accepted uses for hypnosis is quite long and varied.  It is especially useful for facilitating behavioral changes such as addictions, for anxiety and depression, for memory and study skills, and others.  The list is too long for this page.


Is Hypnosis an “altered state of mind”?

No.  An “altered state of mind” implies an external factor contributing to a change, such as drunkenness or being stoned on drugs, shock due to an injury, or the like.  Hypnosis in a natural state that we all enter a few times each day.  Researchers have divided our natural brain functions into four separate level of cycles per second.

1.      Beta, normal daytime consciousness, critical thought level.

2.      Alpha, relaxation level – beginning to awaken in the morning and crossing over into sleep at night.  Associated with imaginative thinking.  Corresponds to light and medium levels of hypnosis

3.      Theta, early stages of sleep and deep daydreaming state.  Associated with creative thinking: corresponds to medium and deep levels of hypnosis.

4.      Delta, Profound sleep; dream state.

In other words, there is no place else for your brain to go, in hypnosis or otherwise.

Is hypnosis the same as sleep?

No.  Hypnosis is generally a profound state of relaxation and focus, but it is different from sleep.  A sleeping person cannot usually respond to suggestion.


Is a person who is hypnotized still in control?

Absolutely and at all times.  Many people fear hypnosis because they fear not being in control.  The subject is always in control.  No one can be made to “crow like a rooster unless they want to crow like a rooster.”  In fact, all hypnosis is really self-hypnosis.  The hypnotist is really only a facilitator of the process.  It is also possible for someone to hypnotize themselves.


Can anyone be hypnotized?

Yes.  In theory, everyone can be hypnotized, because everyone has the capacity to relax and to concentrate.  A critical criteria is the willingness and ability of the person to follow the instructions of the hypnotist.


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Stress Management

Stress Relief

Grief Counseling

Why Do People Come to Counseling?

 Individuals enter into therapy for numerous reasons, ranging from a desire for self-improvement and growth to contending with severe mental and physical illness.  Counseling and Psychotherapy can be of great help to all of these individuals.  Below are listed some reasons people seek counseling.  It is certainly not an exhaustive list. 

The reasons that people enter counseling are as diverse as the people who seek treatment.  Some reasons people see a mental health therapist are: 

  • Normal Developmental Life Changes (e.g. transitions to school, new career) 
  • Romantic Relationship Issues
  • General Relationship Issues
  • Work-related problems
  • Financial Difficulties
  • Existential / Spiritual Concerns (e.g. making meaning out of life circumstances)
  • Adjustment to physical and chronic illness 
  • Adjustment to chronic pain
  • Marital / Couples Strife
  • Sexual concerns and Sexual Abuse
  • Identity issues
  • Feelings of Depression / Sadness / Melancholy
  • Anxiety / Nervousness
  • Adjustment to emotional, social, or physical trauma
  • Coping with racism, sexism, or other prejudice and stereotyping
  • Stress and Stress Management
  • Career confusion / dissatisfaction
  • Family of origin issues
  • Parenting issues
  • Grief Counseling
  • Eating Disorders
  • Current family conflict
  • Problematic personality patterns that interfere with relationships and work
  • Attention / hyperactivity issues
  • Coping with Sexual harassment and assault including PTSD
  • Addictions both Non Substance and Substance Abuse

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