Psychotherapy

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“With great understanding of the human spirit,
Jane and Beth help people still
their minds so that their souls can flourish.”
— Dr. Dan Gottlieb,
Radio Host for PBS “Voices in the Family,”
Philadelphia Inquirer Columnist, Author

Psychotherapy: Individual, Couples and Family Therapy

We are both known for our ability to simplify complex human dilemmas, communicate clearly and directly, boost people’s self-confidence and promote emotional and relational health and well-being.

Considered amongst the nation’s leading authorities on resiliency, shame and self-esteem, our work helps people claim their strengths, overcome their resistance to change, expand their perception and mobilize forward movement. We strengthen people’s skills for Inner Coaching™ in order to strengthen the positive, healthy Inner Coach™ voice and weaken the negative Inner Critic voice.

As therapists, we actively engage in conversations with our clients- asking questions, giving feedback, and identifying what you need from therapy. We believe that people can break habitual patterns, shift their way of thinking and support new ways of talking to and relating to oneself and others. Our work seeks to activate people’s self-esteem and inspire them to grow and develop.

Individual Therapy:

With more than 35 years of experience in cultivating our clinical skills, we both draw from many disciplines in order to help people make changes that improve their life conditions.

Couples and Family Therapy:

We met in the elevator of the Child Guidance Clinic of Philadelphia, while taking a master’s class in family therapy. We’ve been the closest of friends and colleagues since that day in 1984. Through extensive work in the areas of trauma, abuse, and eating disorders, we have come to understanding the depths of despair, the resilience of the spirit and the journey to health. Psychotherapy is a time for healing wounds and decreasing suffering. It takes the courage to slow down, get clear about what needs to change, identify what behaviors and attitudes are needed to promote moving forward.

Trauma: EMDR & Somatic Experiencing

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a powerful tool for helping to release the strength of disruptive symptoms and allow for restoration of health and functionality. Through a simple process, powerful negative symptoms lessen and at times disappear completely.

EMDR is an efficient and effective intervention for reducing symptoms of anxiety, pain and trauma. It is based on theory that suggests traumatic events (small level traumas as well as large level traumas) activate multiple sensory experiences (body sensations, thoughts, emotions) which get fragmented and stored in the emotional control center of the brain. It is as though there were a chip in the brain’s limbic system, secretly holding emotional and physiological charges from traumatic experience that can cause a person to re-experience feelings and sensations associated with the past. Once symptoms are triggered, an individual can feel helpless and frightened because they are not able to gain control over their body or mind. For more information visit the EMDR website.

Somatic Experience

Trauma is not an event that happened, but an experience that has overwhelmed the nervous system.

Our nervous system is designed to handle extreme stress and danger by mobilizing huge amounts of energy to fight or escape from a source or threat of danger. If we successfully fight or flee from the danger, we release that energy. If we are trapped in the traumatic experience with no successful way out, the energy gets stuck in our nervous system and we may experience physical and/or mental symptom that we call traumatic responses (panic attacks, phobias, flashbacks night sweats, a racing heart, inability to concentrate, confusion, dissociation or persistent anxiety and depression).

Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a gentle yet powerful psychotherapy process that helps the nervous system discharge the stuck energy. It is a talking therapy that guides the mind and body to release trapped tension and anxiety that resulted from the traumatic experience and it use the body’s natural resilience to return to a state of calm. For more information visit the Somatic Experiencing website.