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“As long as we feel safely held in the hearts and minds of the people who love us, we will climb mountains and cross deserts and stay up all night to finish projects. Children and adults will do anything for people they trust and whose opinion they value.” – Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk
I understand that the quality of our relationships with those closest to us (family, partner, parents, siblings, friends) is critical for fostering a working support system, a safe space for healing, gaining regular satisfaction, and maintaining our overall wellbeing and life goals.
I know that the impact family has on each of us is profound and important when considering our overall wellbeing. Understanding family is significant for adapting behavior patterns we develop to meet our current needs. Our ability to trust and make lasting relationships starts and can be broken here. And being attuned to your unmet needs is a good first step toward helping you feel unstuck again.
As a licensed professional counselor, I help people:
• Naturally reprogram and transform stressful experiences into living strengths
• Build more secure, stable and confident relationships
• Relieve emotional pain or anxieties
• Manage difficult life transitions that feels out of control
I work to meet my clients where they are today with their needs. I help people restore and gain confidence and satisfaction in their everyday lives and relationships. I help people discover and develop more consistent and empowering responses and behaviors in difficult situations. I help people integrate stress reduction skills into their everyday life roles at home, work, and social settings. I help people gain a sense of overall freedom day to day and confidently create more of what they want in life.
As a parent, would you like to increase your child’s responsiveness to your parenting requests and reduce overall family stress, while strengthening your bond with your child and other family members?
Would you like to strengthen yourself and feel empowered in achieving your goals and increasing the quality of your relationships with those closest to you?
Are you seeking to relieve or reform reoccurring patterns in your life that persistently interfere with your personal life or work relationships or future goals?
As a partner, would you like to feel empowered in asserting your needs while nurturing and strengthening your bonds and further cultivating a longer-lasting relationship?
I do find that parents, families, couples, and children can and do respond well to counseling where they can again more easily experience joy, play, and relief from stress in their everyday lives.
I enjoy assisting people in overcoming all kinds of challenges and provide treatment for:
• Sexual abuse
• Parent resourcing
• Emotional trauma
• Anxiety/panic attacks
• Attachment strengthening
• Communication issues
• Grief and loss
• Relational conflict
Bryan’s caring approach promotes a safe space in which to voice emotions, identify issues, and choose more productive responses and behaviors.
Oh, just talking about change can be anxiety producing. Fortunately, or unfortunately, having some anxiety is a natural response to adapting in our personal lives.
Even before we learn to talk, we begin developing coping methods to deal with the lives we’re born into. If we experience happy, loving relationships as children, we form secure attachments and learn to connect easily with other people. We also learn to value ourselves and what we can accomplish.
But when we face abuse, neglect, trauma, disorder or dysfunction, we develop behavior patterns to protect us from hurt or disappointment. Instead of learning to build regular healthier connections, we can build barriers and limited ways of surviving. And that makes it much more difficult to get our needs met regularly and feel in control of our lives.
It takes building trust, setting a realistic pace and limits, mobilizing a desire for change and building a counseling process that is designed for you.
While there is a risk of experiencing negative feelings as you navigate the road ahead, there is also much room for hope.
When you make a commitment to change, you can begin to discover the inherent resilience and underlying strengths that got you where you are today.
Since 2007, I have been working with Rogue Valley residents to restore pleasure in their lives. Early on, I began working with children, families, and adults. I provided counseling services for four years at Family Solutions in Grants Pass, working with parents or foster parents of children with often strong behavioral challenges. The experience was invaluable and has helped inform my work as a counselor.
I integrate traditional and more modernized psychotherapy models to individualize counseling to fit your needs and help facilitate personal growth of the whole self (mind, body, spirit):
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Traumatic experience can be trapped in the body that you may have blocked and may be unaware it was not resolved. This body-oriented approach can help remedy the disconnect between mind and body, bring to light unconscious issues and let you heal without having to relive the traumatic events.
Internal Family Systems Model (IFS): Is an integrative approach to individual psychotherapy. It understands that the mind is made up of relatively discrete subpersonalities each with its own viewpoint and emotional qualities and sometimes conflicts in need of resolutions.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Your thoughts, beliefs and feelings can directly affect the way you behave in certain situations. CBT can be an effective approach when certain events cause you pain, anxiety, stress or panic. This kind of therapy can change the way you think and improve how you feel and act—even when the situation itself stays the same.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy: This form of therapy can help you identify your strengths and build on them in order to gain a stronger sense of yourself and your ability to solve problems. At the same time, you’ll discover the thoughts, beliefs, and emotions that are currently creating difficulties in your life.
Motivational Interviewing: In order to make positive changes in your life, you have to want to change. Motivational interviewing can be effective for those with self-destructive behaviors they don’t care to change. As your therapist, I provide the autonomy and freedom of choice you need to discuss those behaviors and view them more objectively. This is the first step in the process of change.
Expressive Arts/Play Therapy Practices: Art and creativity facilitate healing in children, teens and adults by helping you express feelings without talking. We may use drawing, painting, movement, journaling or music to connect you to unconscious issues that are blocking your healing process. With this approach, you can develop healing techniques that support your individuality and self-esteem.
There is so much information on the Internet and in books, it can be overwhelming. The following resources are some of my favorites and from what appeared to be trustworthy sources.
Parenting from the Inside Out: How A Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive
by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., and Mary Hartzell, M.Ed.
Born out of a series of parents’ workshops that combined Siegel’s cutting-edge research on how communication impacts brain development with Hartzell’s thirty years of experience as a child-development specialist and parent educator, Parenting from the Inside Out guides parents through creating the necessary foundations for loving and secure relationships with their children.
Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life
by Henry Cloud and John Townsend
The Attachment Connection: Parenting a Secure and Confident Child Using the Science of Attachment Theory
by Ruth P. Newton, PhD
This book sorts out the facts from the fiction about parent-child attachment and shows how paying attention to the emotional needs of your child, particularly during the first five years of development, can help him or her grow up happy, secure, and confident. You’ll discover how your child’s brain is developing at each stage of growth and learn to use reasonable, easy-to-implement guidelines based on sound science to foster secure attachment, healthy social skills, and emotional regulation in your child.
The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun: Activities for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder
by Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A.
Chock full of fun and functional activities to improve children’s sensory systems (touch, movement and balance, body position, vision, hearing, smelling and tasting) and their sensory-related skills (oral-motor skills, motor planning, fine-motor skills, bilateral coordination and crossing the midline).
Building Emotional Intelligence
by Linda Lantieri
Pioneering educator Linda Lantieri offers a breakthrough guide for helping children quiet their minds, calm their bodies, and identify and manage their emotions. Here are Lantieri’s proven techniques arranged according to age group. Emotional Intelligence is the definitive guide to cultivating resiliency in children.
Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life: The New Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (A New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook)
by Steven C. Hayes with Spencer Smith
A general purpose ACT workbook. RCTs show that it works as an aid to ACT or on its own, but it will also keep new ACT therapists well oriented.
As a reminder, I am not a doctor or nutritionist and am therefore not an expert on health or nutrition. Please consult the experts. Talk to your primary care physician before making any decisions about your health, and consult a nutritionist about the best eating plan for you.
by David Perlmutter, M.D.
Dr. Perlmutter explains the potent interplay between intestinal microbes and the brain, describing how the microbiome develops from birth and evolves based on lifestyle choices, how it can become “sick,” and how nurturing gut health through a few easy strategies can alter your brain’s destiny for the better. With simple dietary recommendations and a highly practical program of six steps to improving gut ecology, Brain Maker opens the door to unprecedented brain health potential.
by Rob Pell
Wellness Uprising delivers long-term, drug-free, health solutions based on time-tested wisdom – a far better approach. The solutions offered function within the framework of the wisdom that has kept humans alive and healthy since the beginning of time. This will help you understand why so many of today’s so-called medical “advances” often fall short, or may even cause you great harm.
Hungry for Change
What’s With Wheat?
Forks over Knives
What The Health
Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead
Fat: A Documentary
Un-Inflame Me: Reversing the American Diet & Lifestyle
I contract with a variety of insurances companies. I also accept payments by credit card, cash, and checks. I maintain a sliding scale fee ranging from $90 – $250 that strives to support you in accomplishing your goals in counseling. Individual income levels and financial needs can be discussed during our first meeting or consultation.
• AllCare CCO
• AllCare Med Advantage
• AllCare PEBB
• BlueCross and BlueShield
• First Choice Health
• Jackson Care Connect
• Moda Health
• Oregon Health Plan (OHP) (Josephine & Jackson County)
• Out of Network
It is your responsibility to make sure I am covered by your plan. It is also your responsibility to know your insurance benefits. It is very important, and your responsibility, to inform me of any changes in your insurance coverage. This ensures accurate billing and referrals. I cannot become involved in disputes with your carrier regarding your benefits. You are responsible for timely payment of your account.
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1201 NE 7th Street (Suite C)
Grants Pass, OR 97526
1016 Court Street
Medford, OR 97501
I look forward to meeting you. Schedule an appointment — Call 541-890-1965 Office Hours Business hours of operation: 9am – 6pm, Monday – Friday, weekends are by appointment only.
1201 NE 7th Street, Suite C, Grants Pass, OR 97526