Harriet Kohen MSW, LICSW, CPT
We all have key stories in our life that make a difference about how we think about things and choices we make. Sometimes negative ways of thinking affect our ability to see clearly that we may have options for how to think and how to feel about the problem and what new actions we may take.
Are you stressed out and having problems managing and organizing your daily life? You may be feeling blue, depressed, worried or anxious when your life feels out of control. Learn to understand how your brain-mind-and body work together to maintain your optimal life and can lead to improved self-care in the context of your family, school, community and spiritual life.
Increased stress such as changing jobs, divorce, a new medical or psychological diagnosis, loss of dreams or people you love, can lead to physical symptoms as your body attempts to re-regulate and adjust. Learning how to improve sleep, the role of good nutrition in your well being, the importance of staying active and increasing meaningful activities help you to tune into how your thoughts and emotions work together: sometimes hurting and sometimes helping. And I can help you learn how to think about this, and broaden your choices about what you do.
As part of an overall holistic approach, the methods we use may include:
1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - A form of mental health counseling and therapy that emphasizes how we think and feel and what we do. It helps clients to understand to understand how thoughts and feelings influence behavior.
2. Biofeedback based relaxation – A method based on understanding the connection between brain and body to reduce stress and help clients to incorporate relaxation techniques into their lives. It is also useful for learning how to manage pain, high blood pressure and other physical sensations.
3. Clinical hypnosis – Is an effective strategy used as part of an integrative approach for altering emotional and physical distress. It is a form of inner absorption, concentration and focused attention. Hypnosis encourages the use of mental imagery, introduces ideas and suggestions that are compatible with what the client wants and can be used for unconscious exploration.
4. Poetry Therapy – Poetry Therapy uses expressive writing as in journaling or writing about traumatic or stressful experiences as a therapeutic tool and to support physical and mental health. Poems help you express feelings, identify issues and become empowered to create the change you desire. Sometimes we may use our stories to tell about the moments and experiences that compose and frame our lives. We all have stories to tell and telling them in a safe space can help us to create a sense of purpose and make sense of challenges to help you to create the change you seek in life.
5. Experiential work - A form of therapy that involves actions, movements, and activities rather than the more traditional “talk therapy.”A form of therapy that involves actions, movements, and activities rather than the more traditional “talk therapy.”