“‘...and what is as important as knowledge?’ asked the mind. ‘Caring and seeing with the heart,’ answered the soul.”
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in South Euclid, OH
I have a unique approach to eating disorders. My approach is not a quick fix” and anyone who promises you such for this is selling you a bill of lies. I understand what you are going through and I will not attempt to take over your life or try to control how you live your life. If you have a secret relationship with food, and/or, if your relationship with food is consuming you—no pun intended, then you owe it to yourself to give me a call.
Are you having difficulty enjoying the things in life you used to? Are you having feelings of hopelessness, helplessness and sometimes feel like you “wish you weren’t here” or that you “wouldn’t care if something happened to you?” Life is just one struggle after another and you feel like you’re just going through the motions like an automaton. You feel numb. I don’t blame you for feeling the way you do. Help is available and things can get better. Making the call is the most difficult step.
Your thoughts are racing. You’re finding it hard to be by yourself—that just makes things worse. You feel wound up and can’t settle down. Sometimes it’s hard to be in groups or with other people. Perhaps it’s hard for you to talk in front of others. There are many ways that anxiety takes form. I will help you to find that “quiet place” within your mind. Wouldn’t THAT be nice? I can help you with this but you first need to pick up the phone and call me.
“Starting where the client is”—this forms the basis of Rogerian therapy. You set the agenda for what we discuss during your sessions. I am there as a catalyst of change and help you to clarify your feelings and thoughts. I help you to connect with yourself in a deeper and more authentic manner. This is a very gentle approach to therapy.
I practice Ericksonian Hypnosis developed by the late, Dr. Milton Erickson. This is in contrast to classical hypnosis that most people may associate with hypnosis. This is not “stage” hypnosis. You will be awake and aware of everything going on around you. You will not do anything you do not want to do. This form of hypnosis helps a person go into a deep trance-like state and experience a deep sense of relaxation—like sleeping without being asleep. Clients find this helpful.
Psychodynamic therapy can help you to put the pieces of your life—like a jigsaw puzzle—together. We work to help you to lead a more purposeful life in which you are more aware of why you make the choices you do and how to move forward with more confidence. We cannot change the past but we can make more sense of it. We may live our lives with more meaning and more embodied presence. You may better understand what brought you to this point in your life and live life making more conscious choices.
Your mind is preoccupied with food. Your life revolves around it. It is hard to imagine finding peace with food, let alone your body. Because food/eating is essential for sustaining our lives, we cannot necessarily approach this in the same manner as, for example, alcohol addiction. It is possible to learn how to eat intuitively without fear and to live life with more inner peace that is not food-centered/obsessed.
Have you felt unheard...unseen? Client-centered therapy can be very empowering. Hearing the sound of your own voice & having your feelings/thoughts reflected back to you can help you to feel validated, like you do matter. It is a gentle, non-judgmental approach intended to help you sort out and understand how you feel, think and how these come together to form the fabric of your life. It can help you to develop a stronger sense of self and trust in your perceptions.
I hold a certificate in Gestalt Therapy from the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. Gestalt approaches focus on your awareness in the here-and-now. It is intended to help you “lean in” to embrace who you are; not to work “on” you, or “change you”. This approach lends itself to exploring contra- dictions and paradoxes that may exist in your life. Uncovering the varying and often opposing forces within yourself can lead to a more unified, solid sense of self.
Do you understand how your life story has influenced the person you are today? Do you know why you feel or think the way you do? This insight-oriented therapy can help you to understand your past history in a new light. This, in turn, can help you to feel more at peace with yourself and can help you to accept yourself more. Psychodynamic therapy can not only contextualize the past, but help you to make peace with it. I use this in conjunction with other therapeutic modalities.