Psychotherapy is a general term that means the interaction between a trained professional and a client using a wide range of non-medical tools for the purpose of improving one’s experience of life. During psychotherapy, you learn about your feelings, thoughts, relationships, and behaviors. Psychotherapy helps you experience life more fully and respond to challenging situations with healthy coping skills.
Biopsychology studies the interaction between our physiology and our thoughts, feelings, behavior, and self-understanding. Within this field, neuro-psychology uses the structure and function of the brain and nervous system to understand specific psychological, emotional, physical, and behavioral processes.
Holistic Practice refers to a diverse field of alternative medicine in which the “whole person” is taken into consideration, not just the symptom or malady. In this view, the body, mind, spirit and emotions are considered intimately interconnected as a system and are treated as a whole in the quest for optimal health and wellness. Specifically, I use breath, meditation, visioning, and sound with clients to improve life functioning.
Behavioral Change is the process of noticing personal habits and attitudes, comparing the current habit to the behavior you actually value and wants to achieve, and then adjusting thoughts and actions to help make a change. We combine a lot of different information and tools to do this work. We use cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, intention setting, organization, as well as the study of habit change to assess and adapt cues, craving, response, and reward. We discuss the dopamine feedback system. We use principles of neuroplasticity to build and prune neural networks.