CENTER FOR HEALING THE HUMAN SPIRIT

Dr B is passionate about working with

Adults

A relationship with yourself is a system. When you start making changes in one area, it impacts the other areas of your life. Learning to be in right relationship with yourself and consider all of your parts is an important step toward healthy self-integration.

Couples

A coupleship is a system. The health of the system is based on its structure. An unhealthy system produces unhealthy results; it's not personal. Co-create a healthy union grounded in the sacredness of values, love, passion and a common path.

Families

A family is a system. "The whole is other than the sum of its parts." - Kurt Koffka, Gestalt Psychologist. We see what we see because of our perceptual system, which influences our interpretation of the parts. We are the meaning makers of our life. We see gifts, short-comings or both. Utilize the strengths of the system and the members to enhance both.

Groups

Groups are living systems. Two or more individuals connected to one another by social relationships. The strength of the bonds linking individuals is the glue that holds the group together. It also enhances communication and supports interdependence, interaction, and shared identity, tasks and goals. Planned or emergent groups, we honor self and the unique contributions of each member within the group system.

Some of Dr B's areas of expertise

Psychotherapy

  • Psychotherapy is a collaborative treatment based on the relationship between an individual, couple, family or group and a psychotherapist. Grounded in dialogue, the Center's soothing environment creates the space for thoughts and feelings to be received objectively and without judgment. From there, we work together to identify and change the patterns that keep you from feeling your best. The term comes form the Greek words psyche (breath, principle of life or soul) and therapeutic (to attend to, treat or facilitate healing).  We facilitate essential and unique healing with each client, through a holistic and eclectic approach.

Neuro-Linguistic Psychology and Hypnotherapy

  • Neuro-Linguistic Psychology (NLP) is the study of Human Excellence (how people do what they do well).  The focus is on process not content; noticing patterns. Whether it's the process inside your head or your outside behaviors, tracking and evaluating the process for effectiveness makes sense. Hypnotic trance exists in many forms every day - daydreaming or moving through time without full recognition of where the time went or how it was spent. Hypnotherapy utilizes this natural state of trance for therapeutic purposes.

Building Strengths and Resolving Weaknesses

  • Timing is everything and there are two sides to this equation. If there are significant weaknesses that are sabotaging forward movement, these must at least be brought to ground zero before focusing on building strengths. Otherwise, it's like leaving the hole in the boat unresolved while you remodel the boat, only to have it sink under you. Once there are no major weaknesses running your life into the ground, then building strengths is the path forward, with a means to measure your progress in place.

Depression and Anxiety

  • Some medical conditions can cause the same symptoms and should be ruled out first. Anxiety and Depression can occur separately or together. They are treatable conditions with psychotherapy and/or psychopharmacology. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), Anxiety Disorders affect 40 million adults in the U.S. Major Depressive Disorder is the leading cause of disability in the U.S., affecting 14.8 million U.S. adults, while Persistent Depressive Disorder affects another 3.3 million U.S. adults. No need to suffer longer when solutions exist now.

Communication

  • Communication comes in many forms. Seek first to understand before being understood. Effective communication is the responsibility of the speaker; to consider who they are speaking to and how that listener receives and understands information, whether verbal or written. The environment and placement of communicators can support a unified exchange or spark conflict. Win-Win conversations, with yourself and others, can become the norm with different strategies and skills.

Intimacy and Sexuality

  • Allowing intimacy (in to me you see) with yourself is the first step toward intimacy with others.  To share yourself freely with others, you need the ability to do so with yourself; a loving relationship with yourself where you attend to your unique needs. Through coming to understand what pleases you or doesn't, you can share that with another.  If your sexual life has stalled or you just don't feel connected to your feelings of arousal, there is a path to ignite that spark.

Compulsions and Addictions

  • Whether the symptoms are food, sex, alcohol, drugs, money, lying, relationships or drama, effectively addressing ADHD, Depression, or Anxiety and Recovery at the same time is essential.  We support our clients in discovering the real problems that drive their behavioral and substance addictions or compulsions, followed by working together to apply real solutions ot the problems.  In order to free yourself from codependency, you need to understand what it really is, how it affects all areas of your life, and what you can do to heal the patterns. Release yourself from enmeshment relationships and develop a loving relationship with yourself.

Body Awareness and Body Image

  • We each live in a body yet are often unaware of its true appearance.  Our eyes have a memory that can project an overlay to reality. The desirable body image has spanned rotund to emaciated, with various ideals in-between. The methods for achieving the desirable, idealized image of the times have been equally as varied. Developing an acceptable, personal idealized image of our own is our responsibility.  If we refuse, we perpetuate our own lives of dissatisfaction and self-hatred.

Health and Well-Being

  • A body comes with the innate ability to know its basic and more sophisticated needs. Sleep for renewal, water for hydration, real food for nutrients and energy, aerobic activity for stamina, weight bearing for strength and stretching for suppleness, social connections for a sense of belonging, sexual expression that satisfies a basic drive and intellectual, emotional and spiritual stimulation for further growth. Weight can be gained or released as the tangible substance of our physical form, just as beliefs and values can be for the intangible forms. Health and well-being are created by bringing the intangible into alignment with the tangible.

ADHD Psychotherapy

  • Psychotherapy must take ADHD into account with those whose brain is configured with this wonderfully unique operating system.  It's not only some unique issues but the approach that is distinctly different.

ADHD Coaching

  • No two clients' needs or challenges are identical. When co-existing conditions to ADHD complicate the basic coaching relationship, coaching is better facilitated through or in conjunction with psychotherapy rather than solely coaching. Psychological sabotage in addition to lack of skills and strategies is addressed. Through a deep understanding of the interconnectedness of your ADHD challenges and how your emotional issues play out, we provide insight, practical techniques, feedback, encouragement and further recommendations to support the resolution of your challenges. For ADHD Coaching without psychological issues, learn more at The ADHD Coaching Company.

Harness Your ADHD Power

  • Whether you are seeking to deepen your psychotherapy for ADHD, add to your ADHD Coaching experience or as a stand alone process, Harness Your ADHD Power offers courses for the many needs of an adult living with ADHD.  You will find courses to guide you through the initial phase of a new diagnosis and that 'now what' feeling, to the development of essential skills you may be missing, to learning how to maintain your achievements and live a more relaxed and fulfilling life.   Learn more at Harness Your ADHD Power.

Strategies for Learning and Attentional Challenges

  • There is a huge gap between the existing science of both challenges and how this knowledge is passed down, plus the implementation of their respective skills sets. Self-confidence vanishes from repetitive, self-defeating strategies. Reimprinting beliefs and behaviors plus implementing practical strategies to focus and regulate yourself, makes the intangible tangible and brings your life into order as part of the journey.

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"I want to give you a sincere THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for the ways that you have helped me since we first met. I consider myself fortunate to have found such an insightful, caring and brilliant therapist. I have had such a huge learning experience working with you so far."


S.M.

"Barbara is very in tune with the needs of her clients. Working together with Barbara has led to amazing personal changes. Her understanding of human nature and process of creating life change was truly incredible. From the beginning Barbara went the extra mile to understand my needs, communicate in a way that I understood and set up goals that were achievable. Trust in Barbara and you will change your life."


S.F.

"Part of why I started sessions was to prove that nothing could change my circumstances, even though on paper I could show I was doing all that I could. I told Barbara that I didn't have faith that this would be any different. She told me that this didn't matter - that I just needed to put the work in. If I needed faith, take hers for the time being. She quickly got a sense of who I was and what was going on. Happily, I'm in a much better place now and I continue to value her ability to identify patterns that take me off track and recommend ways to regain my focus and direction. If you are willing to do the work to change, Barbara will show you the most effective and productive work to do."


N.B.