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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 Innovative Counseling Services Inc.

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 Many times, they feel disappointed and withdrawn.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

Compassionate Inquiry to Heal Trauma 

Compassionate inquiry is an inquiry method to help people connect to the truth within themselves in the present moment. This technique allows people to become free from self-generated suffering as well as gain insight, clarity, and choice in their behavior.

Addiction, anxiety, depression, and ADHD can be traced to childhood trauma and a sense of disconnect from yourself. Inner child work is very effective in healing the wounded child and to completely integrate all parts of yourself. 

In my practice, I have incorporated Dr. Gabor Mate’s method of compassionate inquiry to focus on compassionately listening and targeting past wounds… Continue reading

EMDR Online Therapy: Positive Reasons to Try It

EMDR Online Therapy can be as or more effective than face-to-face EMDR treatment because treatment takes place in the comfort of your home in your “safe place.” Your safe place is part of the EMDR protocol, which I will explain and work through with you. Online sessions also relieve the stress of travel to the office. A confidential and HIPPA compliant platform  is used during video sessions.

What is EMDR Therapy?

EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a very creative and powerful method of reprocessing the repetitive cycles that make you feel stuck. EMDR can help whether… Continue reading