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Claustrophobia, Agoraphobia, Social Phobia: These phobias all relate to problems involving yourself in interpersonal relationships. As it is with the isolated patient so it is with the phobias. Too much isolation and usually underlying trauma from childhood. These conditions need to be carefully assessed before a treatment plan is designed however there is hope. All are subject to remediation.
Dissociative Disorders: What is a Dissociative Disorder? This is when you unexpectedly become disoriented and/or confused when people or even when you are alone. Often there is a feeling of spaciness, weakness and feeling ‘in your head’. Some people who have this experience believe there is something physiologically wrong with them, seek medical help and find nothing. This condition is caused by being to removed from emotions, being out-of-the-body and thus too removed from one’s identity. This condition can be treated over time with lasting results. If left alone it can get worse and lead to severe paranoia, obsessive thoughts and sometimes somatoform conditions. This is potentially a serious condition. Please don’t delay in getting help.
Here is an area that I have great interest in. It is a proven fact that you cannot do effective psychotherapy while there is an addiction that is active. Addictions put to sleep a part or several parts of the personality. These parts of the personality will stay asleep unless the addiction is addressed. By entering sobriety the therapy takes a path of it’s own as these parts of the personality wake up. As this occurs it is my job to alert you to these new personality structures. As they integrate you will become stronger and more actualized. It is impossible for these unconscious characters to wake up without entering sobriety. I will help you attain sobriety, sometimes with the help of AA, so when these feelings and characters emerge you will no longer need the substance abuse [alcohol, cannabis, food, etc.] to put these feelings to sleep. Addiction cured; personality strengthened.
The Binge Eater and the Bulemic become addicted to their eating and purging behaviors while simultaneously these compulsive behaviors serve the function of killing off unacceptable emotions. So, as it is with the alcoholic ,who anesthetizes feelings by his/her drinking , the bulemic and binge eater disavows and pushes away unacceptable feelings through their purging behavior. In line with this there are often problems with relationships and boundary setting concomitant with problems expressing anger. These conditions are amenable to depth oriented intervention coupled with precision diagnosis.
Anorexia falls into a different and more complicated category that goes beyond, yet includes, addiction. Here special consideration must be given to the individual and their particular relationship to the eating disorder. In many cases, which are often female, the anorectic is usually very talented and bright; often spiritual. Careful attention must be given to this population of patients since this can be a life threatening disorder. For this reason I always work with an adjunct Psychiatrist and have access to hospitalization procedures when and if necessary
Obesity: With an eating disorder such as obesity we are dealing with a special type of addiction. The obese client is doing the same thing that the chemically addicted and purging patient does; anesthetizing feelings and suppressing unconscious characters. With the attainment of sobriety, as the obese patient begins to lose weight and nears their ideal weight ,the personality transforms. With the emergence of unconscious characters there is also the emergence of a healthy body ego. For all purposes the obese client has no body ego and therefore expands into boundarilessness space. With the emergence of unconscious characters, or with the emergence of a single character, there also emerges a body ego; a place to fit into. Into one's body. Often OA is a helpful adjunct to the process. Generally with this condition I work with a well known medical specialist that has a specific dietary process that leads to significant weight loss in a reasonable time. If you are ready to work hard we can do this. Point: losing the weight without a specialist [that will help you identify the feelings and characters that emerge] will most probably lead you back to the same problem; weight gain. In order to do this correctly you need a psychological specialist, like myself, to help you integrate the material that comes out of the sobriety.
Panic Disorder: People who have a panic disorder are in the business of getting rid of their feelings. “I don’t want to feel this, I shouldn’t be angry at that…”, and so forth. This leads to a buildup of feelings in the unconscious. The unconscious can hold only a certain quantum of feelings before it ‘explodes’ like a pressure cooker. This is what happens with a panic attack. The Treatment: Help you to get comfortable with all the feelings you have been pushing away and learn to verbalize and learn from these feelings. The result: no more panic attacks; ever!
Development of Personal Power in Men and Women:Most people who seek psychotherapy complain about and report feelings of ineffectiveness. There are different ways to help you attain personal power. I can help you get there. I do this by helping you become who you were meant to be by orientating you towards your power and strength. This has been a specialty of mine for several years. I marvel at the results achieved by my patients as they start to feel a deep sense of personal power. This is accomplished along similar lines mentioned before where I help you begin to listen to your emotions and allow them to guide you. Along the way there are specific emotional complexes that empower men and women in a very unique way. In both cases we are working at the archetypal level. I will be glad to explain this to you upon meeting and upon my analysis of who you are and how you are constituted.