Processes used during your sessions may be planned, based on your stated goals, but ultimately, they may change in response to what is occurring in the moment. In some sessions, responses are effortless and just seem to flow. In other sessions, there may be more information gathering to adjust direction and gain clarity. Together, we create a new opportunity to respond accordingly. Each client, each session and each moment is unique and alive.
Below is a menu of processes that support opportunities to better understand yourself and live a more intentional life.
- Imagery goal-setting to focus attention on the intentions you have for your life
- Guided processes to identify unconscious objections to achieving your goals
- Practice in guided imagery and cognitive restructuring to respond more effectively to stressors and goals
- Guidelines for calming yourself when overwhelmed by emotions or life events
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to understand how your automatic thoughts and beliefs about painful events determine your degree of stress and suffering
- Mindful awareness techniques for focusing attention on the here and now
- Attending to what happens when thoughts resist or accept the present experience
- Facilitation of grief processes when thoughts habitually focus on past losses
- Working with your dreams to understand unconscious motivations
- Education about healthy living and fulfilling the needs of the mind, body and soul
- Assistance with the use of meditation, guided imagery, progressive relaxation, diaphragmatic breathing, mindful-movement, and body awareness
- Being listened to in a safe, supportive, accepting environment
It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life. Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, your therapist may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your process – such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals.