Integral Counseling Center, LLC

Treatments

Past Life Regressions and Current Life Contracts

This approach to counseling explores how your past lives are impacting your current life. We will explore possible current life contracts you determined to be beneficial to you for this part of your journey through many life times. We’ll explore the archetypes you chose to support you in your contract and determine how they are playing out in your life both as light and as shadow. This approach to therapy is the result of my extensive studies in the areas of past life regressions, archetypes, life contracts, dream interpretations and psychoanalysis and my own personal journey in uncovering many of my past lives and my sacred contracts.

Depth Psychology

This is one form of treatment that is not a quick fix or a band-aid approach to psychological problems. This type of therapy looks to the unconscious to alert us to what lies hidden beneath the surface of our conscious minds, but is determining our behavior or thoughts or feelings. We experience the unconscious in many ways, such as through emotional symptoms like depression or anxiety, through physical ailments or health problems, through dreams or nightmares, or through sleep disturbances, to name a few. Until the unconscious material is brought to consciousness and addressed, it continues to create havoc in our daily lives, and we are helpless to address it.

However, once the unconscious material becomes conscious, we can work with it. We can begin to identify and resolve inner conflicts and confusions that we might not be aware of, we can pay attention to neglected parts of ourselves that demand recognition, and we can clean up the unfinished business of the past, and come to live more in the present moment. As we do this, we leave behind the baggage that has hindered our ability to trust, be close and intimate with others, feel safe in relationships and in the world, and enjoy our lives.

My stance in the counseling sessions is to remain always respectful of the sharing and uncovering of the unconscious material that emerges, to allow its emergence without judgment, and to work together with the client to begin to understand and make meaning out of what seemed to be confusion, contradiction, or chaos. The client and I together form a partnership to discover what is unfolding, and to honor the sacred appearance of everything that emerges.

Once unconscious material becomes conscious, the symptoms often disappear, or at least transform. They are no longer needed to draw attention to areas of distress that require intervention.

 Cognitive Reframing and Restructuring

Cognitive therapy is concerned with examining and changing distorted, outdated, or dysfunctional belief systems that operate beneath conscious awareness, yet determine present-day feelings and behaviors. These belief systems create obstructions, feelings of being stuck, or distress and confusion, and hinder our satisfaction and good feelings. What we think and how we think can invoke certain feeling states such as depression or anxiety, and without a deep examination of our thoughts and beliefs, we cannot alleviate the intense feelings that are generated from the thoughts. Often these belief systems were developed in childhood as ways to cope with our environment, and they have carried through to adulthood without ever being questioned or challenged as to their truth or accuracy or even whether they apply in the adult world.

Examples of beliefs that operate to interfere in our lives are self-statements that demeanor condemn the self, such as "I'm no good" or "What I do is never good enough" or I'll never.. ..". Other beliefs that hinder achievement of our goals and dreams are extreme beliefs without other options, such as "It's only this way or that way" or "I'm right and she/he is wrong". Judgments about others contain belief systems and values that we are not aware of, yet they determine how we act towards others and towards ourselves.

In couples and partner/relationship counseling, it is critical to unveil the underlying beliefs and values of each person. These beliefs are contributing to miscommunications, lack of understanding, hurt feelings, and distancing behaviors. Closeness and intimacy demand a deep searching and knowledge of ourselves, and development of the skills to communicate that to others.

Once underlying beliefs are discovered and brought to consciousness, they are reframed in light of present day realities. For instance, learning to see oneself and one's efforts as "good enough" can be a major breakthrough for those people who tend to be perfectionists.

Psycho-Educational

This approach of therapy is more of a teaching modality. Clients are taught non violent communication skills, parenting skills, or anger management skills.

Counselor Supervision Toward Licensure

I have had several years experience supervising therapist as they work toward licensure in the Colorado. I have specialized training in supervision obtained during my PhD program in Counselor Education and Supervision. Fees are adjustable to meet the needs of the counselor in training.

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