MY TOOLS

EMDR

THE MOST POWERFUL TOOL IN MY TOOLBOX IS EMDR. It is possible with EMDR to clear a simple PTSD memory of its toxic effects in just a few sessions. PTSD, of whatever origin, no matter how long ago, can be effectively treated with EMDR. 

I WAS FORTUNATE TO BE TRAINED BY FRANCINE SHAPIRO,the creator of EMDR before she stopped training, herself. I have been using this tool effectively since 1993. 

IT HAS TO DO WITH PROCESSING AND STORAGE OF MEMORY. The way I explain it is you can eat a whole sliced cantaloupe at one time with no adverse effects. Ok, maybe a tummy ache. But it wont last. It won’t hurt you. But if you swallow a whole cantaloupe you will have profound complications. 

TRAUMATIC MEMORIES ARE LIKE THAT. They are so big they overwhelm your mind’s ability to process them so they get stuck, hurting you for years and decades. You have flashbacks that take you back to the moment of injury so you get to relive it over and over again. And you get to feel the fear, the betrayal, the anger, and a swirl of emotions over and over again at high intensity. 

  BUT EMDER ISN'T JUST FOR TRAUMA. Many adults suffered from neglect as children. Others did not get the nurturing and cuddling and soothing they craved. Some were bullied. Some were ignored. And all of those "little" traumas combined to make your life very, very difficult. 

A SKILLED EMDR PROFESSIONAL CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE. 

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CLASSIC "TALK" THERAPY

  IT'S A MIGHTY TOOL  The center of talk therapy - as with most therapies - is the relationship between the client and the therapist. That truth makes it vital that you choose your therapist with the utmost care.   

RATIONAL EMOTIVE THERAPY

   REIT IS USEFULWHEN A CLIENT RESPONDS TO LIFE WITH A LOT OF EMOTION AND LITTLE REASON. REIT helps them to understand, for instance, why everybody will never love them, and what they can do about it. 

BOWEN FAMILY THEORY

COUPLES AND FAMILIES OFTEN HAVE TROUBLE WITH BOUNDARY ISSUES. From the father of family therapy Bowen Theory is a remarkable tool. It helps people separate from their families of origin. It’s also great at teaching folks what to do when they get their buttons pushed, Always a useful ability.   


CHRIST-CENTERED COUNSELING

JESUS HAS A LOT TO SAY ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS. The Bible speaks about human relationships, about pain and suffering. It speaks of money and power and sex and family and … well, you get the picture. 

 IF YOU ARE A BELIEVER AND WANT A THERAPIST WITH A CHRIST-CENTERED WORLDVIEW I CAN HELP YOU. I have written two books on Christian living: Confessions of a Struggling Christian and Seeing Behind the Masks: a book about being real, being loving, being transparent, both published by Questar Multnomah Pubishers

I have served as a Minister and serve now as an Elder at a large San Antonio church.