A therapeutic, helping relationship is one that is built on trust, compassion and collaboration. Strength-based counseling focuses on the inherent strengths, resourcefulness, and the resiliency of individuals, couples, and families. Together, the client and therapist will not only identify inherent strengths and resources within their environment, but will also determine desired outcomes. Further, hope can be realized and meaningful change can occur.
Mindfulness has been described as the art of conscious living. By engaging in contemplative practices like mindfulness meditation, clients can begin to cultivate the qualities of non-judgment and non-attachment as well as the heart qualities of compassion, love, and understanding. Meditation gives us the opportunity to shift from "human doings" to human beings, and it is in the being that we access our natural resilience and innate wisdom for the human experience.
Breathing and emotions intertwine in complex ways. As a self-control skill, clients are taught mindfulness of breath in order to become more aware of their breathing and how breath can be a general indicator of stress/anxiety and relaxation/relief.
The foods that we eat influence our energy, moods, and state of mind. Deficiency of particular nutrients due to deficient diet or impaired processing can result in a wide range of psychological symptoms. Working together, our clinicians assess nutritional needs and help our clients achieve a healthful life balance.
The HeartMath system is an interactive tool based on scientific research that is designed to help refocus and restructure our emotional regulation system. Through biofeedback, participants learn their psychological and physiological responses to stress, as well as strategies to interrupt the stress response and re-establish heart-rhythm coherence. Sustained coherence provides increased nervous system harmony, emotional stability, and improved cognitive performance.