Research has shown that 70% of individuals seeking mental health services are carrying unresolved stress and trauma from their past. The practice utilizes a combination of hypnotic/abreactive and cognitive restructuring techniques for the treatment of traumatic and stress-related conditions. The goal of therapy is to uncover and work through the underlying stress and trauma safely and tolerably. Cognitive restructuring and neuro-linguistic techniques are applied in the integration phase to help with self-esteem, empowerment, and goal setting. The approach balances ego-strengthening and the resolution of childhood wounds. Clients are clearly assessed for clinical syndromes that may require a psychiatric evaluation and possible medication trial.
Juvenile Offender Treatment
For two decades I have applied Dissociation theory and hypnotic/abreactive techniques to the treatment of juvenile sex offenders with notable success. The premise is that all juvenile offenders were abused as children but most are amnestic for their earlier trauma. Dissociative theory would support the fact that they are unconsciously and involuntarily acting out the behavior that occurred to them in a Depersonalized state of mind. (The theory gives reasons not excuses). Through the hypnotic/abreactive work, the underlying source of their acting out behavior is resolved safely and tolerably without retraumatization. Cognitive restructuring addresses external controls, appropriate boundaries, victim impact and self esteem issues. Despite the success of this approach that is backed in scientific investigation and clinical research on Dissociation and trauma, State agencies and court systems continue to dismiss this perspective because it doesn’t fit with their outdated belief system. Such a proven and effective process should not be overlooked and discounted because of psycho/socio-political dogma. Blocked off trauma needs to be resolved through the hypnotic/abreactions. If your adolescent son or daughter has acted out sexually, seek a therapeutic setting that does the deeper work. Otherwise the risk of further acting out and self-destructive behaviors will continue.
The practice provides a dynamic approach to couples therapy based on the premise that relationships are symbiotic in nature, that is, each individual is both unconsciously role playing and replaying unresolved stories from their childhoods. The unconscious projection and displacement of unresolved feelings, and the provoking of disowned anger and frustration only perpetuates a difficult and unhealthy relationship. Nothing ever changes. The focus of treatment is to make each partner aware and responsible for their feelings and to help the relationship move toward an authentically empowered partnership in which each person is helping the other become the best humans they can be. Exercises are focused on communication skills and relationship goals.
The practice has a focused approach to parent-child discipline. Developmentally, children need to learn frustration tolerance and immediate gratification issues. Parents are taught to work together in establishing specific rules and expectations in the categories of school, chores, curfew, and attitude and to follow through with natural and logical consequences for broken rules. Children must EARN back privileges by changing target behaviors. Spanking doesn’t work. You learn to teach with behaviors. Active listening techniques are taught. This approach teaches the child to be self-disciplined, grateful and a considerate human being.