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Creative Living

At Innovative Counseling we view psychology as a creative process where people learn to become aware of, acknowledge, and solve their problems in their own way. The therapist encourages and supports the patient through the interaction of behaviors, emotions, mind, and body expression. By using heuristic words, we don’t make suggestions, set directives, give covert demands, commands, or interpretations in the conventional sense. Instead, we guide. Heuristics, as defined by Webster’s dictionary, means “to invent or discover: helping to discover or learn.”

I use Ernest Rossi’s technique called The Four-Stage Creative Cycle, which encourages my clients to notice what they are experiencing, explore their emotions and memories, explore possibilities of healing and problem solving, and how to reframe their symptoms and problems into creative inner resources to be developed further. I am there to support. They are reclaiming their lost power by finding their answers within for themselves while being supported and reminded of their inherent ability to create new pathways toward health and well-being.

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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

Want to Reach Your Goals Faster?

Want to Reach Your Goals Faster? Try Adopting a “Journey Mindset”

It’s not easy to change the way you look at goal attainment, but moving away from a “destination mindset” can boost your odds of success.

By Rebecca Muller, Assistant Editor at Thrive Global

It’s incredibly gratifying to achieve a goal you’ve set for yourself, but the real challenge often begins after you hit your target, when you have to maintain the practices you have begun in order to see prolonged success. According to a new Stanford study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, individuals are more… Continue reading

Reduce Stress to Reduce your Anxiety and Depression

Many of us are experiencing stress. If you have tired adrenal glands, you may not be able to handle stress well. Here are some symptoms of adrenal stress and some simple ways to reduce stress so you can feel better and healthier.

  • Wired and tired
  • General fatigue, needing coffee in the morning to get going
  • Poor focus or “brain fog”
  • Depression, lack of motivation
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Impulsiveness
  • Inability to make decisions
  • Anxiety or panic
  • PMS
  • Feeling better only after exercise or in extreme cases feeling exhausted after exercise

Here are some quick easy ways to support your adrenal glands… Continue reading

Keys to Successful Therapy

What can you expect from therapy? People are looking for change.  I have abandoned rigid techniques for a much more successful approach. Listening is so important as the world has become so fast and distractable. As I listen to people’s concerns and perspectives, I believe that being heard and understood is paramount to success in therapy and in life.

In my office I am honored to have people open up and expose their fears, abuse, desires and conflicts. They want to be happy and more content. People are intrinsically motivated to change,the motivation is sometimes hidden.

As I… Continue reading

Is Your Life Out of Balance?

Does your life need balancing? Is exercise part of your life balancing routine? Balance is what I believe is one of the most important things in life. Not extreme exercising or weight loss programs or changes in any area in your life but gradual and enjoyable movement toward balance.

In his book, The 20 Minute Break, Dr. Ernest Rossi tells you how to recognize your natural rhythms so you can avoid stress and learn how to maximize your performance and health.

If you continue to ignore your need to take a break you can experience more and more… Continue reading

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