Dr. David's Psychotherapy Services What Types or Theories of Psychotherapy Does Dr. David Provide?
* In general, after 28 years of doing psychotherapy, Dr. David provides his own unique style of psychotherapy that is adjusted and tailored to the uniqueness of each person and each hour of therapy. His basic approach is that ongoing therapy is a partnership wherein the client self-responsibly decides what issue to address in each session and Dr. David will know how to heal or resolve the issue. * Like almost every profession, psychotherapy has made tremendous advances in the past ten years. Nothing stays the same. Traditional psychoanalytic, cognitive, behavioral, and systems therapies are used in conjunction with the new “power” therapies, such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma Incident Reduction (TIR), and the amazing Energy Therapies, such as Be Set Free Fast (BSFF) and Emotional Freedom Therapy (EFT). Here are some comments about EMDR therapy.
Praised in the News Media
* “Where traditional therapies may take years, EMDR takes only a few sessions.”—Stars and Stripes * “EMDR, which to newcomers sounds implausible and way too good to be true, may become the psychological wonder cure of the nineties, the non-pharmaceutical equivalent of Prozac.”—New York Magazine * EMDR provides “a way for people to free themselves from destructive memories and it seems to work, even in cases where years of conventional therapy have failed.”—Hugh Down, 20/20, ABC News
Hailed by the Experts
* “Ideal for those who have been unable to forget past traumatic life events.”—Dusty Bowencamp, RN, CTR, Disaster Mental Health, American Red Cross * “The FBI has found EMDR to be extremely effective.”—Charles McCormick, unit chief, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Administrator, Employee Assistance Program * “EMDR is a real help in overcoming not only trauma but the wide variety of less dramatic issues that bring people into my office; overcoming jealousy, envy, the loss of relationships, fear of taking a test or fear of an intimidating boss, writer’s and artist’s block, sexual inhibition, and a variety of self-sabotage.”—Lewis Engel, Ph.D., co-author of Hidden Guilt
Celebrated by Patients Themselves
* “The treatment made me look deep, very deep, into my own existence. I’m more attentive to my feelings. Now I treasure each and every moment of my life.”—Richard Webster, mine fire victim, quoted in the Family Therapy Networker * “Now, when I talk about what happened to me, it’s definitely reality, but the fear’s not there anymore….It’s astounding. I’ve been given a portion of my life back.—Emily G., victim of abduction and rape, quoted in American Health * “Within two or three of four sessions, we had resolved issues that I’d been discussing for four or five years with other people.”—Eric Smith, Vietnam veteran suffering from PTSD, quoted on 20/20, ABC News * “In four, hour-long EMDR sessions I was able to get at issues that years with other therapists couldn’t touch.”—Sherry Morgan, rape trauma survivor, quoted in the Orange Country Register
Marriage and Family Therapy
* Is your potential Marital or Family Therapist licensed by the state of Maryland? Licensure is intended to protect consumers by ensuring that therapists meet ethical and practice standards. I am a state of Maryland licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
* For couples, Imago Relationship Therapy is fast and effective in identifying what the real issue is in the recurring patterns of conflict. The Couple’s Dialogue is used to resolve conflict and reignite the love and caring that were present in the beginning romance stage of the relationship. Buy and read, Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples, by Harville Hendrix and John Powell’s, The Secret of Staying in Love Forever.” * Frequently, family therapy is more effective in treating adolescent adjustment difficulties. Dr. Murray Bowen’s Family Systems Therapy is pleasantly explained in Dr. Roberta Gilbert’s, Extraordinary Relationships: A New Way of Thinking About Human Interaction. * For sexual addiction, read Dr. Patrick Carnes’, Out of the Shadows and Contrary to Love. * For an up-to-date comprehensive book of human sexuality read, Heterosexuality, by Masters and Johnson and Robert C. Kolodny, M.D. * For adult ADHD (Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder), read, You Mean I’m Not Lazy, Stupid, or Crazy!!!, by Kate Kelly and Peggy Ramundo. * For pleasing everyone else but not taking care of yourself, read, The Disease to Please: Curing the People-Pleasing Syndrome, by Harriet B. Braiker, Ph.D., McGraw-Hill, 2001. * Stop Walking On Egg Shells: Taking Your Life Back When Someone You Care About Has Borderline Personality Disorder, by Paul T. Mason, M.S. & Randi Kreger, New Harbinger Publications, Inc., 1998. * The Angry Heart: Overcoming Borderline and Addictive Disorders, an interactive self-help guide by Joseph Santoro, Ph.D. with exercises by Ronald Cohen, Ph.D., New Harbinger Publications, 1997. Website: www.newharbinger.com * Not Just Friends, an excellent book about Affairs by Shirley Glass. * To keep your relationship alive and passionate, do the “Daily Temperature Reading” exercise each day. 1. Tell your spouse something you appreciate about him or her. 2. Share some new information. Could be something you have heard or read or thought. 3. Express puzzlement about something your spouse or someone else has said or done. Be openly curious (with an open mind) to discover a new perspective. 4. Gently and lovingly communicate complaints about something your spouse has said or done or not said or done with specific requests for change. Don’t expect that your spouse can read your mind. Clearly state what you want or need from them. 5. Share your Wishes, Hopes, and Dreams. Get in touch with your free child/free spirit and enjoy!
* Someone has said, “Basically, all psychotherapy is Cognitive Therapy.” In the final analysis, this is true. Until and unless we eliminate all negative self-talk and replace it with self-validating positive self-talk, negative behaviors and fearful, anxious feelings will remain. The truisms, “We are what we think (and eat!) are true!