Idaho Falls Counseling Services
“Change, like healing, takes time.” – Veronica Roth
But it can take even less time with therapy. You are already beginning to take a fresh and healing step in your new journey by just being here on this page! Like a doctor heals your physical wounds, and physical therapists help you learn to strengthen your muscles, engaging in counseling and therapy can help heal emotional wounds and guide you to strengthen and improve your emotional muscles. Counseling can help you explore and inform you about your life’s barriers, your needs within relationship, and how to find happiness by embracing mindful practice and living in the moment.
Life can throw some serious hardballs at you and can sometimes be discouraging. Relationships need healing, harmonizing and reviving. I am an experienced Mental Health Professional licensed in the state of Idaho with experience in individual and marriage counseling, couples counseling, addiction counseling and mental health therapy.
Why Marriage and Couples Counseling?
With divorce rates even higher than 50% now, we find that our culture doesn’t support or teach us what to really expect in a healthy relationship and marriage. One simple tip I can offer you before you go and call it off is this: if your marriage is full of conflict you are doing it right! Now all we have to address is how you handle all this conflict and how to do it in a healthy way. I am well-versed in Gottman’s training based on his book: “Seven Principles of Making Marriage Work.” Together we can investigate these practices of healthy communication, addressing affairs, personality differences, negative feelings, and if staying together for the children is healthy for you and them or not.
Why Individual Counseling?
So often we can find clues about who we are rooted deep in our past and family – of – origin life. Our culture, society at large, religion, and political climate all affect us. Sometimes it is for the best and other times, to our detriment. Individual psychotherapy and counseling may a good way to address painful life patterns such as anxiety, depression or other mental health issues. As a mental health clinician we can examine and assess what ails you, we will analyze your patterns, and we will both make recommendations for bringing your life back into harmony with itself. Notice that I said ‘both’ when referring to recommending new healing practices. Each person I see has their own way of working through their pain. One method may work for you and will not work on any other client. My purpose of being with you and helping you unpack all of your issues is to open up a way for you to find the healing answer from within as well. Now, I won’t disregard what research and all of my training has taught me when directing the process of counsel, but know that our sessions are individualized and we will find the answers together. Visit individual counseling Idaho Falls to see what individual treatment can do for you.
What is reiki healing?
Reiki is a Japanese healing technique used to promote stress reduction and healing and literally means, universal life energy. It is a safe method of spiritual healing I incorporate into my practice. Reiki healer uses their open hands to heal and may hold them above or on the body with the consent of the client. This type of energy medicine aims to open up energy blocks around your body and can clear up emotional space, help you center yourself, extract harmful energy and infuse good energy. I only use this practice of healing when I have consent from my client. As a reiki master I recommend using reiki in conjunction with other modes of therapy and healing, such as life coaching and counseling. If I am booked up, I recommend going to Healing Hands Idaho falls and letting them take care of you.
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Counseling Techniques and Practice
EMDR therapy – EMDR therapy stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and is used to treat psychological stress and trauma. As a trained clinician in EMDR therapy, my aim is to help you overcome the deep rooted trauma which can very often block our emotional healing. This therapy is specific for my clients with trauma because it can be difficult to relive traumatic experiences and this provides a way to divert attention away from the acute physiological response present in recanting or retelling your experience. When your trauma is more than you can handle, or even your more than your therapist can handle, make sure you go to a trained and certified EMDR specialist in Idaho.
Existential – existential therapy is a mode of therapy I use in most of my sessions. This form of therapy accounts for the whole person. For example, if we are doing individual therapy I may ask about your culture, your family and many other aspects of our societal life (political culture, religious culture, job, hobbies, dreams) as they all make up who you are. You wouldn’t be you if not for all these aspects of life combined. We discuss your strengths found in each of these and limitations. I will help you take responsibility for your decisions considering all these influencers, and then help you create your present and future life.
CBT therapy - stands for Cognitive behavioral therapy. This type of therapy will tackle some of the ways the brain has misused and mistored information. For example, sometimes when a negative experience occurs, like being bullied at school, we may find our brains have stored a key negative pattern of thought improperly: "If I get picked on, I must be less of a person than everyone else." Then, in later adult life, we find ourselves believing this thought and find that it all started that time you were bullied, BUT it has shaped some of your interactions, they way you approach asking looking for jobs, the way you enter relationships. We will tackle these beliefs and rewire them, rewrite negative thoughts, and look for anomolies within.
Medicine - although counseling is an alternative form of healing, research now suggests that counseling combined with a good prescription medication can really do wonders for improving mental health. Personally, I'd love to see a world where all my clients could heal without prescription medicine, but unfortunately this isn't the case for all, and modern medicine IS NEEDED at times! Please ask me for a list of psychiatrists in Idaho Falls who I can refer you.
Counseling is NOT meant to be a cure – all. But it does certainly help. If you are teetering on whether or not counseling may be a fit for you, give me a call. I can discuss with you in a free 20-minute consultation, no obligation, the potential benefits you can receive from a premier therapy session.
If I am booked up, or we are unable to book a session within a timeframe you need, other counseling clinics in Idaho Falls may be an alternative option. I highly recommend seeing a good clinician from Creekside Counseling Idaho Falls, Tueller Counseling Idaho falls, or Addiction and Trauma Recovery Services (who also have trained EMDR specialists!).
Here is a list of services I offer to my client and potential clients: marriage counseling, couples therapy (based on Gottman training), family and teenage counseling, individual psychotherapy, addictions counseling, trauma counseling, free counseling Idaho Falls (sliding fee scale), EMDR therapy, reiki healing, life coaching, and tarot card reading.