therapy image

Therapy: Making an impact on your life

Life can sometimes be extremely challenging. When a problem occurs it may start out small, but can quickly grow until it feels overwhelming to you. Often times, we rely on our family and friends for advice and support, but what should you do if you feel completely lost and the advice isn't really helping?

The answer is to turn to therapy.

Therapy is a treatment process that encourages you to establish a dialogue with a licensed therapist. Once you have established a level of trust, you'll begin to examine the factors in your life that are causing you pain. A therapist is there to act as a sounding board and remain totally impartial something a friend or family member may not be able to do. There are many different schools of thought concerning therapy, but they all have one goal: helping a person gain control of their lives.

The first step in feeling better is acknowledging that your problems have taken control of you. The next stage is realizing that seeing a therapist isn't a sign of weakness. On the contrary, it takes a great deal of inner strength to decide you want to live a pain-free life. Once you have decided on a therapist, it's crucial to keep your appointments and to be totally honest in each session.

One of the main aspects that make therapy effective is confidentiality. The majority of conversations which passes between you and your therapist is protected by law. You'll notice that therapists are careful to schedule appointments so their patients rarely spend time together in a waiting room. Seldom will you hear a conversation from the next room while you're waiting for your appointment. Confidentiality breeds trust, and that's a key piece in the therapist/patient relationship.

Remember that there are also some limitations to confidentiality. If your insurance company is paying for your therapy, the information will be released to them. In addition, your name could be given to collection agencies should you fail to pay your therapist bill. Malpractice allegations on your part also nullify the confidentiality clause because your therapist will have to defend himself in a court of law. Finally, if a therapist deems a patient a danger to himself or others, he is bound by law to report it to the proper authorities.

Forms of Therapy

Meditation, Hypnosis, Bio-Feedback, and Art therapy are just some of the several technologies that benefit the mind, body, and spirit. Through inner exploration these technologies help awaken creativity, healing, and transformation. We spend most of our lives looking outward to the world of appearance believing that the source of happiness, peace, and fulfillment lies external to ourselves. During meditation, hypnosis, bio-feedback and other technologies we expand our internal reference point from constricted awareness to expanding our consciousness. Meditation and hypnosis allows us to explore our essential nature, restoring wholeness in our lives.

Art Therapy
Art making and creativity are used to increase emotional well-being and enhance a patient's life.

Behavioral Therapy
This therapy emphasizes the importance of thinking and how it affects what we do and how we feel.

Cognitive Therapy
Therapists who use cognitive therapy encourage the patient to recognize unhelpful patterns of thinking and reacting and modifying or replacing these with more realistic or helpful ones.

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy
Symptoms of Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems are solved by using eye movements similar to those which occur naturally in REM sleep.

EMDR is a process where a specially trained therapist guides the client through sets of eye movements (left to right) in order to help the client work through a traumatic experience that often times has not responded to ordinary therapy or medication treatment.

EMDR has been extensively studied and scientifically proven (it is now the most extensively studied mental health treatment for trauma) to help those who have suffered from single or repeated traumas in their life. It has been used successfully with the firefighters and medical first responders of the Oklahoma City Bombing, those involved with and responding to the twin towers incident on 9/11 and the children involved in the Columbine High School Shooting. It was first, and has been most effectively used to treat Vietnam veterans who suffered with the trauma of war for many years.

EMDR has been used for millions of survivors of rape, assault, war, fire, automobile accidents or any incident that leaves a person traumatized with psychological scars.

EMDR is currently being studied for its effectiveness in treating anxiety disorders, disorders of mood and ADHD in children.

Phoenix is proud to offer a clinician specially trained in this rapidly effective technique.

Family/Marital Therapy
The relationships a person maintains with family members and, if applicable, their partner are examined in order to correct emotional problems and anxiety.

Gestalt Therapy
This brand of therapy is based on the ideal of "here and now,"and a patient's relationships with others and the world.

Humanistic Therapy
In this genre, a person is encouraged to grow and feel fulfilled by mastering themselves through intense examination and creative expression.

Play Therapy
Geared for children who express themselves mainly through the way they play,this therapy encourages communication with a younger mind.

Postmodern Therapy
Patients are encouraged to consider that given ideas are true and examine their usefulness from their point of view.

Psychoanalytic Therapy
Defined by Freud, this brand of therapy focuses on the subconscious mind and how it affects the current conscious mind of a patient.

Cinema therapy
Have you ever left a movie theater full of emotions, insights and inspiration? Did you want to share your impressions and feelings right away? Did the movie make you reflect on your own life experiences - struggles as well as gifts?
Then you might be interested in taking this a step further by making use of the transformational power certain films could have for you when you take advantage of their impact. Cinema therapy offers some tools for this process.
Cinema therapy can be a powerful catalyst for healing and growth for anybody who is open to learning how movies affect us and to watching certain films with conscious awareness. Cinema therapy allows us to use the effect of imagery, plot, music, etc. in films on our psyche for insight, inspiration, emotional release or relief and natural change.

Used as part of psychotherapy, cinema therapy is an innovative method based on traditional therapeutic principles.even outside a therapist's office.

Return to Services.