How do I know if a practitioner is right for me?

The factors that make a good match between you and your therapist are very subjective. In the initial session or sessions you can get a feel for what it’s like to be with the therapist, and the therapist can get to know you. You can evaluate how comfortable you feel and whether the therapist seems to understand you. It is important for you to trust your gut instincts when you decide whether a therapist is a good match for you, however well-credentialed the practitioner may be or how helpful he or she has been to other clients.

How long are therapy sessions?

A typical therapy session lasts 50 minutes. However, some experiential methods, such as past life regression, EMDR, and shamanic methods, require a longer session of 75 to 90 minutes.

What is the length of treatment?

The length of therapy varies with every person and it is difficult to answer this question without seeing you. In general, it takes one or more evaluation sessions to get a sense of your situation, to determine which approaches are appropriate to best help you and to estimate how long it will take to realistically achieve your particular goals. 

Do you take insurance?

As licensed psychologists we do accept health insurance, especially indemnity plans and insurance that allows you to use an out-of-network provider. However,  as health insurance plans vary greatly, you may need to check with your insurance company to see about coverage.

What problems can past life regression therapy help?

Much of past life therapy is an extension of conventional psychotherapy, but with an expanded view of the past. A person's symptoms and problems can often be related to past experiences: hurts, traumas, maladaptive learning in unhealthy circumstances, and so forth.  Past life therapy extends the boundaries of the past to include experiences from other lifetimes. Past life therapy can help with relationship issues, anxiety, depression, fears, phobias, unhealthy and repetitive patterns and certain physical vulnerabilities.

What is the process of past life therapy?

The initial session is an evaluation session, when the therapist gets to know you and you get to know the therapist and how it feels to be with him or her. In this session you and your therapist will also try to clarify the best focus for your work.  A part of the session is an hypnosis trial, where you experience going into a hypnotic trance. Usually you will have your first past life regression in the second session, although some people experience past life memories as early as the first session. After several sessions you will have a good sense of how useful past life therapy will be for you.

How long does past life therapy take?

This is a difficult question to answer without seeing you and knowing your particular circumstances. In general, it takes several sessions to get a sense of the usefulness of past life therapy and the length of therapy required. Individual therapy sessions are longer for people coming for past life work. Sometimes an issue can be resolved in a few sessions; other times more sessions may be required.

What is EMDR?

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. A powerful mind/body therapy originally used to deal with trauma, EMDR can be used as an adjunct to ongoing psychotherapy or as part of ongoing psychotherapy. While no one knows exactly how EMDR works,  this physiologically-based therapy seems to have an effect on the way the brain processes information, helping “reset” the mind and allow its normal healing properties to take effect. EMDR can help “unstick” disturbing memories, allowing you to remember them without pain.

What problems can EMDR help?

Originally developed to treat trauma and post-traumatic stress, EMDR can be helpful with a wide range of problems, including panic attacks, anxiety, addictions, performance anxiety and enhancement, sexual and/or physical abuse and complicated grief.

What is hypnosis like? 

Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness that allows you to have access to the creative powers of your unconscious mind for healing and growth. It is a tool used in therapy for insight, relaxation, pain control, stress reduction and creative problem solving, among other things. Our model of hypnotherapy is collaborative. Contrary to  myths about hypnosis, you are in charge of what happens in an altered state of consciousness. You would  not do anything in trance that you would not want to do in a normal conscious state.  

Will I have difficulty leaving a trance or be overwhelmed by painful memories?

You can leave a trance at any time. Many people report the trance state to be enjoyable, deeply relaxing, healing and helpful to personal growth. You will only remember what you are ready to remember. A skilled hypnotherapist has techniques to help you manage even painful memories in a helpful way.

What are shamanic methods?

Shamanic methods are modern day applications of ancient traditions that uniquely access "nonordinary" reality, the realms outside everyday life, and draw upon the spiritual dimension. These techniques can be used within ongoing psychotherapy, as an adjunct, or by themselves. Typically, the practitioner accesses the spiritual dimension by journeying to the spirit world to gain help for the client, and often the client learns to do this for him or herself.

What problems are appropriate for shamanic methods?

Shamanic techniques can be helpful for depression, physical healing with spiritual and psychological components, strengthening of the self, empowerment, and releasing shame.