Thursday, May 24, 2018

Contact Information 



(303) 757-1993 


(303) 757-1994 


1385 S. Colorado 

    Blvd., Ste A-322 

Denver, Colorado 


Tools I Use

The Basic Tools

Theories about how human beings work form the core of a therapist’s toolbox. Psychodynamic theory is my primary foundation, meaning that I believe that the processes that go on in our internal world affect our daily lives and that childhood experiences shape us in important ways. Some aspects of this approach include attachment theory, self-psychology and object relations. However, because we humans are complex creatures, I draw on other theories as well, such as developmental theory and feminist, humanistic, existential and cognitive-behavioral psychology. 

In the therapy session, we might do a number of different things, depending on what fits best for the person on that particular day. We certainly talk -- about current problems, history, emotions, relationships, plans for making changes, and many other topics. But we might also do some role playing, use imagery, or work on building skills. 

Specialized Tools 

In addition to using the basic approaches above, I often find that the following specialized tools can be very effective in helping with all kinds of issues that people bring into sessions. We use only the ones that the person feels comfortable with. Please call me if you have questions about any of them.

EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing 

EMDR is an effective and well-researched technique designed to treat trauma. It starts with a thorough assessment of how a traumatic experience is affecting you. Then during EMDR you move your eyes back and forth, or listen to sounds that alternate between your left and right ears, or hold pulsers that create a gentle buzzing sensation, alternating between your hands. We combine this bilateral stimulation with remembering the traumatic event or situation, which can allow the person to work through the trauma and resolve symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and other distress related to the experience. Healing often happens more quickly and completely with EMDR than with talking therapy alone, sometimes after years of previous efforts. 

EMDR can be applied to a very wide variety of traumas, such as combat trauma, childhood abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, other violent crimes, natural disasters and car accidents. It can also be used very effectively for “smaller” traumas, such as emotional and verbal abuse, experiences of humiliation, rejection and traumatic losses. You can find more information at

Energy Psychology 

You have probably heard of acupuncture or Tai Chi. These Chinese disciplines are based on the observation that “chi”, or subtle electrical energy, is continuously flowing through the body and that it is possible to influence that flow. There is evidence that when a person is having psychological difficulties there are corresponding problems occurring in the subtle electrical energy system. Energy psychology methods allow us to intervene in the flow to help people experience the changes they are working toward. 

The method involves such tools as sitting in a particular posture while you simply breathe, or moving to music, or touching a particular acupuncture point. We might use the techniques to help you cope with emotions, to clear blocks to making progress toward your goals, or to help shift patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving that interfere with your well-being. In your day-to-day life, some of these powerful techniques may become your most useful tools for managing stress. 

The field of energy psychology has been growing and developing since the mid-1980’s. Evidence of the effectiveness of these techniques varies from informal (e.g. thousands of anecdotal reports) to formal (randomized controlled studies). I use these methods because I have found them to be helpful in my own life and for the people I work with, and because the body of well-designed research continues to grow every year. More information is available on the website of the Association for Comprehensive EnergyPsychology. 

The Association for Comprehensive  
Energy Psychology gives this definition:


“Energy Psychology is a family of evidence-supported modalities that balance, restore and improve human functioning by combining physical interventions (using the acupuncture system, the chakras and other ancient systems of healing) with modern cognitive interventions such as imagery-based exposure therapy.”

EFT - Emotional Freedom Techniques

One form of energy psychology, EFT, is a psychological acupressure approach in which you tap on your own acupuncture points while focusing on a feeling that you want to reduce or eliminate. You can apply it to an almost unlimited range of issues, but it has been most widely used with anxiety and phobias; trauma, abuse and PTSD; and with depression and anger management. It is also extremely useful for stress management. For more information, including some of the research demonstrating its effectiveness, see the website. 

I especially like teaching and using EFT because once you’ve learned it, you have a skill that you can use for the rest of your life, in all kinds of situations, long after you’ve finished therapy. It is also wonderful for the person in therapy to have something to use between sessions, to continue the progress they’re making. 

Learning EFT revolutionzed my practice a few years ago and now I use it in several ways. In the course of standard therapy, I teach it as a skill and we use it both for specific challenges and in combination with other tools. Sometimes I meet with a person for only a few sessions specifically to teach the technique and how to apply it. I also offer workshops, to teach it both as a skill to use for general purposes and to deal with particular problems (e.g. dental phobia, fear of public speaking). Sometimes I teach it to businesses or organizations as an effective way to manage stress. 

Putting it all together 

Every tool I use, whether basic or specialized, is tailored to fit the needs and style of the person I’m working with. With solid training and years of experience, I can combine basic psychotherapy approaches with these specialized, newer tools to help you experience the changes you’re looking for.