HopeAllianz Inc provides a wide range of therapeutic services to individuals, couples, and families, including but not limited to:
- Anxiety Disorders
- Caregiving Issues
- Emotion Regulation
- Healthy Lifestyles
- Life Transitions
- Self-Esteem and Self-Worth
- Stress Management
- Wellness Perspective
- Weight Concerns
- Women’s Issues
Holistic is a concept which upholds that all aspects of people’s needs including: psychological, physical, social and spiritual need to be taken into account and seen as a whole.
Psychotherapy is is defined as any form of therapeutic interaction or treatment … the problems addressed are psychological in nature and of no specific kind or degree … it is aimed to increase the individual’s sense of his own well-being; aid them in reaching their full potential or to cope better with problems in life.
In addition, individual’s learn how to make decisions and formulate new ways of behaving, feeling and thinking. Psychotherapy involves acceptance, choice and change, evolving through distinct stages, such as exploration, goal setting, and action. I use a variety of different therapeutic approaches depending on the individual and their specific concerns. Some of the therapeutic approaches which I use include:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is developed within a pragmatic philosophy called functional contextualism. ACT is based on Relational Frame Theory (RFT) a comprehensive theory of language and cognition that has emerged within behavior analysis. ACT differs from traditional Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in that rather than trying to teach you to better control your thoughts, feelings, sensations, memories and other private events — ACT focuses on what you can control more directly your arms, legs and mouth. ACT teaches you to “just notice,” accept, and embrace your experiences, especially previously unwanted ones. ACT helps you get in contact with a transcendant (above and beyond the range of normal or merely physical human experience) sense of yourself known as “self-as-context” … the YOU that is always there observing and experiencing and yet distinct from your thoughts, feelings, sensations, and memories. ACT aims to help you to clarify your personal values and to take action on them, bringing more vitality and meaning to your life in the process.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy uses a practical approach in which the therapist helps the client understand the relationship between beliefs, feelings, and thoughts and the effect these have on behavior patterns and actions. The client learns that his or her perception will directly affect his or he reaction to certain conditions and circumstance and that this thought process is at the root of his or her behavior. Therapists will often use several various treatment tools, such as journaling, challenging beliefs, mindfulness, and relationships. This will encourage the client to recognize unrealistic perceptions and maladaptive behavior patterns.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy is from a mind, body, and spirit perspective utilizing a psycho-educational and life-coaching approach to teach you effective lifeskills. DBT LifeSkills Training is based on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), which emphasizes the fundamental interrelatedness or wholeness of reality. DBT combines standard cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques for emotion regulation and reality-testing with concepts of distress tolerance, acceptance, and mindful awareness largely derived from Buddhist meditative practice. In addition, incorporating the concepts of Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Helping You Gain Skills for Life (HUGS™).
Acceptance of Who I Am [ and ] Developing Who I Want To Be
Dimensions of Wellness is an active process of becoming more aware of, and making choices toward a more successful existence through a multi-dimensional approach to health. The six dimensions include spiritual, emotional, occupational, social, intellectual, and physical. Read more Wellness(pdf).
Existential Psychotherapy emphasizes the human condition as a whole. It uses a positive approach that applauds human capacities while simultaneously maintaining a genuine perception of the limitations of the human being, human spirit, and human mind.
Humanistic Psychotherapy is founded on the belief that moral and ethical values and intentions are the driving forces of our psychological construct and directly determine our human behavior. It stresses the importance and value of human beings and their ability to retain their dignity and their conscious willingness to form self-respect and competence.
MiCBT — Integrating Mindfulness and CBT: MiCBT is a therapeutic approach which integrates mindfulness and some of the basic principles of CBT in order to help people improve the way they feel and change unhelpful behaviors. However, MiCBT helps people make changes in a different way to CBT. While CBT attempts to change maladaptive behavior by modifying people’s unrealistic thoughts and beliefs, MiCBT tries to help people learn to develop control over the processes that maintain the unrealistic thoughts and beliefs through mindfulness training. MiCBT helps change the process of thinking, not just the content of our thoughts.
Changing Reactive Habits: Like CBT, MiCBT draws on the principles of exposure and desensitization to help us change habitual unhelpful reactions or coping strategies. However, unlike other models of cognitive therapy, MiCBT regards learned reactive habits as being the result of our own way of reacting towards the body sensations that result from our judgmental thoughts. Preventing such reactions, while remaining fully aware and accepting of bodily experiences, leads to rapid change in our habitual feelings and behaviors. We feel emotionally relieved.
Interpersonal Mindfulness: MiCBT cannot only help people change distressing thoughts, feelings and behaviors, it can also help people change their relationships with others. The skills we learn in MiCBT can help us not to react to others and foster a greater understanding and acceptance of ourselves and others. This usually culminates in more harmonious relationships and helps prevent relapse into habitual moods and behavior.
Mindfulness and the Power of Empathy: MiCBT teaches people to use their own resources for empathy towards themselves and others. The previous mentioned steps lead to the realization that we are the first beneficiary of the emotions we produce, whether this is a positive or negative emotion. A deep sense of empowerment, acceptance and change usually occurs at the end of the program.
Mindfulness ~ Awareness ~ Acceptance ~ Choice & Commitment ~ Action ~
Personal Growth & Mastery ~ Enhance Values ~ Authentic Wholeness
GoodTherapy.org can be found a listing of specific psychotherapy approaches and therapy modalities. http://www.goodtherapy.org/types-of-therapy.html
Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behavior Therapy based on Bruno Cayoun’s model
more information can be found at http://www.mindfulness.net.au/
ACT sources: (1) Wikipedia and (2) contextualpsychology.org