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Category Archive • May 24, 2017

Brief Psychological Assessment Services

October 21, 2016

A key service I provide to therapists and clinical teams is diagnostic consultation for potentially complex cases that may not warrant the time and expense of a full psychological assessment battery. Within just 24-48 hours, and at a cost of just $500 to the client (which may be reimbursed by insurance if they have out of network benefits), […]

Substance Abuse Evaluations

July 7, 2014

Drug and alcohol evaluations are used to demonstrate responsible efforts to assess and control problems with substance abuse, and to help determine whether substance abuse treatment is necessary. This is often done to show cooperation with licensing boards, bar associations, or court systems, and to demonstrate that any past problems are being addressed appropriately. I […]

Hypnosis is the most effective way to stop smoking

November 5, 2013

I regularly provide counseling to help people stop smoking, and often use hypnosis as a part of my approach. One of the first questions I hear from people is: Does hypnosis really work? Can it really help me stop smoking? I’m not an advertiser — I’m a clinician and a scientist, so I tend to […]

Motivational Enhancement Therapy

August 16, 2013

Many times the most difficult thing about making a change is deciding to. It is the terrible ambivalence that keeps us from taking steps to improve our health, to strengthen our relationships, and to break free from patterns of behavior that damage and hold us back. Many people take the first major step of coming to therapy […]

Relaxation & Stress Management

February 4, 2013

Are your mind and body working against one another? Psychological stress is so powerful that it can practically tear your body apart. Studies correlate stress with chronic pain, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, dementia, infections, and just about every other medical problem you could possibly experience. Why? Because stress causes inflammation. And inflammation inhibits your […]

Transpersonal Therapy & Spiritual Counseling

January 30, 2013

Your spiritual beliefs can be your most powerful tools for positive transformation. Psychotherapy based on the integration and amplification of spirituality is referred to as “transpersonal” — because the nature of spirituality is that it helps to bring us outside of ourselves, and to connect us with higher powers and higher realities. Transpersonal therapy often […]

Depression Treatment

January 17, 2013

Depression is extremely common, and extremely treatable. More than 1 in 5 adults will experience a diagnosable mood disorder at some time during their lives, with major depressive disorder being the most common (this is what some counselors call “clinical depression.”) If you’re suffering from depression, you already know how many different kinds of problems it can […]

Psychotherapy & Hypnotherapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

December 29, 2012

Most people come to therapy for irritable bowel syndrome reluctantly. They feel confused by their symptoms, and upset that their doctors don’t seem to have any real solutions. They feel skeptical about whether psychological treatment can help them… because no one has explained why it should. On this page I’m going to go into some […]

The Problems With Evidence-Based Psychotherapy

December 20, 2012

There has been a tremendous movement toward evidence-based treatment in clinical psychology over the past decade. On its face, this is a good thing — the idea that we should use scientific findings to make sure the types of treatment we’re using in psychotherapy actually work. My own clinical training included a wide array of […]

Psychological Treatment for Migraines

November 25, 2012

There is no single underlying cause of chronic headache pain, but rather a constellation of contributing factors. There is a genetic component, so a family history of migraine headaches does predispose you to also have migraine headaches. But even if your identical twin has migraines, there is still only about a 50% chance that you […]

Treatment of Complex or Childhood Trauma

November 18, 2012

The increasing number of returning veterans has helped to raise public awareness of the effects of trauma on mental health. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can set in after exposure to an extremely frightening event, and it is characterized primarily by anxiety symptoms. However, repeated trauma, over a long period of time, can result in much […]

Treatment of Trauma and PTSD

November 17, 2012

An extremely frightening or distressing event such as a serious accident, assault, or rape can sometimes inflict a psychological injury that lasts much longer than the event itself. The emotional shock which follows is called post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. The symptoms of this disorder fall under three categories: Avoidance – After exposure to a traumatic event, many […]

Counseling, Psychotherapy, and Coaching: What’s the Difference?

June 20, 2011

The terms psychotherapy and counseling are often used interchangeably, but many people believe that there is a difference between them that is important for both clients and clinicians. That is why there are separate degrees and professional organizations for counselors and clinical psychologists. I personally am a Licensed Professional Counselor, with a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. I am […]

8 Myths About Hypnosis

April 9, 2008

Hypnosis is a sort of spooky and misunderstood phenomenon. Most of what people generally know about hypnosis comes from movies and stage performers, not real clinical hypnotists. You may not even realize that clinical hypnosis is a very well-established and scientifically validated medical practice. It’s used by psychotherapists, physicians, nurses, dentists, and anesthesiologists to produce […]

Mind-Body Medicine: 5 Surprising Ways Psychology Can Improve Your Physical Health

March 26, 2008

On some level, most people recognize that psychological factors affect physical health. People basically seem to know, for example, that a stressful career or a ‘Type A’ personality might give them a heart attack, or that an abrasive colleague can give them a headache. What most people aren’t fully aware of is the profound interconnection […]