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Counseling, Therapy, & Life Coaching
by Innovative Counseling Services Inc.
for Individuals, Couples, Children, and Families

Counseling, Therapy & Life Coaching

For Individuals, Couples & Families by ICS Inc.

Multiple Personalities and EMDR Therapy

Are you interested in multiple personalities, EMDR therapy, and/or a person’s story of overcoming childhood abuse? Although Multiple Personality or Dissociative Identity Disorder as a condition is considered rare, it is also often overlooked or misdiagnosed.

Many children who have been severely abused or neglected have no other recourse then to remove themselves from frightening, destructive situations. If they cannot do so physically, they withdraw into different “places” within the mind.

In my book, Tango from Chaos to Creativity, my patient shares his most devastating childhood memories of abuse as poems, along with his complex way of coping, which… Continue reading

Tips on How to Emotionally Respond to a Narcissist

Many people who have lived with or been in a relationship with a narcissist find themselves emotionally drained and confused. They become confused about how to feel or how to respond to the narcissist’s demands, incongruences, bullying and his/her need for constant attention and approval. The narcissistic person demonstrates a pattern of  ongoing relentless manipulation for the sheer enjoyment of seeing or hearing a reaction. Ignoring them deflates them.

‘The narcissist makes decisions for others to suit his/her own needs. The narcissist may use his or her romantic partner, child, friend, or colleague to meet unreasonable self-serving needs, fulfill… Continue reading

Sleep/Wake Balance and Your Mental Health

Einstein once remarked that significant problems cannot be solved at the same level of the thinking which created them. Only by rising to a higher or deeper level can an ultimate solution to psychological problems be found.

Journaling and healing therapies such as EMDR meet the need for a deeper level of ultimate solution to psychological problems. You have to feel good and have energy to explore these options so I also recommend two simple integrative medicine techniques to prepare yourself for further exploration of ongoing conflicts or unresolved small or large traumas.

These two things are very simple: a… Continue reading

Let’s all take a deep breath…

These past few months with COVID-19 have been very emotionally taxing and has instilled fear and anxiety in many.

Often, psychologists rely on simple breathing techniques to help clients reduce their fears. But do they work?

The nervous system can actually move out of fear into calm by using simple breathing techniques, which can help you to calm yourself. Why do we want to calm the fear? Fear is not helpful in keeping our immune system strong.

A recent study by Dr. Joseph Dispenza showed that by decreasing your stress (e.g., cortisol levels), you can improve your defense against bacteria… Continue reading

Life Coaching for College Students and Young Adults

An interesting phenomena has been occurring with college-age young adults who are either feeling depressed, anxious, or isolated at college and have chosen to return home or were forced to due to COVID-19. Many times, they feel disappointed and withdrawn. This can lead to  a downward spiral of  inertia while living with their parents.

Parents call me asking me how to help their child. Many of these young adults have been independent but then return home and  require boundaries so that the family can function in a harmonious manner. Some parents are frustrated by their boomerang children… Continue reading

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