Existential / Gestalt
Emotional Intelligence (EQ)
Vipassana Mindfulness Meditation
Neuroscience of Addiction
Self-Compassion / Lovingkindness
Affinity Social Activities
Bibliotherapy directs clients to in-depth educational resources, which amplify their understanding of the whole therapeutic process.
Buddhist psychotherapy breaks down ego-driven thinking and behavior and opens clients to experiences of compassion-based decision-making and lifestyle.
Spiritual Humanism acknowledges the validity and potential healing value of all transpersonal and non-clinical patient experiences of the alternative kind. These can include kundalini body sensations, Near-Death Experiences (NDEs), Out-of-Body Experiences (OOBs), shamanic journeys, mystical visions, angelic visitations and many more are treated as possible emergence of evolutionary spiritual growth rather than psychopathology.
Clinical hypnotherapy uses Ericksonian story-telling metaphors introduced during hypnotic trance to write positive messages on the software of the unconscious mind. Positive messages replace self-habituated and maladaptive thinking and behavior. Fears, phobias, smoking, PTSD, sleep problems, obsessive-compulsive disorders, sports and work performance and eating disorders can be treated effectively.
Existential and Gestalt therapy allows clients to fully experience their current moment feelings about challenging circumstances, without ego-based defense mechanisms. Seeing their reality clearly, they can then make healthier decisions about how to response to their environment.
Jungian Analysis walks clients through Jung’s famous map of the psyche and shows them the functioning elements of the unconscious mind, which can then be used as conscious tools to solve life problems, regulate mood and eliminate blind complexes. This work gives clients access to the soulful nature of the human psyche.
Logotherapy and its paradoxical intention exercises developed by Dr. Viktor Frankl empower clients to overcome apathy, intimidation and procrastination. They summon up their inherent will-to-meaning so that even the most difficult circumstances can be overcome with positive attitudes and actions.
Vipassana Mindfulness Meditation as taught at Sober Buddha Counseling follows the tradition of the Mahasi Sayadaw lineage to calm the nervous system and improve mental clarity and alertness. Medical science has revealed the neurological benefits of Vipassana for treatment of mood disorders and management of pain and anxiety. The spiritual awakenings that can occur through consistent practice of Vipassana are of a non-clinical nature, but are no less relevant.
Neuroscience of Addiction explains how chemicals cause irresistible and illogical cravings, which cause people to think and act harmfully.
Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is the ability to recognize the feelings that influence how we perceive others and ourselves. High levels of emotional intelligence generate understanding, patience and cooperation in human relationships and are often considered more important than your Intelligence Quotient (IQ) in daily life.
Compassion and Lovingkindness practices include forms of prayer, meditation and altruistic behavior that diminish selfish motivations and inspire generous and healthy human interaction. They always begin with development of compassion for the self, which strengthens the individual’s ability to understand how all people share basically the same struggles and strengths despite life circumstances.
Active Imagination is a Jungian journaling technique allowing you solve problems by dialoguing with your unconscious mind. Starting with a question, you allow your imagination to run free as both your conscious and unconscious minds brainstorm for solutions.
Affinity Social Activities provide opportunities to break social phobias, encourage development of new friendships and build self-esteem through group participation in hobbies, volunteerism and recreation or sports. The counselor may personally introduce you to other members of these groups to begin the socialization process.
Sober Buddha Counseling does consult with state licensed therapy professionals if client requests and signs a release, but is not governed by the Board of Behavioral Sciences of the California State Department of Consumer Affairs, the American Association of Analytical Psychology or the American Psychological Association. However, Sober Buddha Counseling does adhere to the ethical standards of the Buddhist 8-Fold Path, a morally nonviolent cognitive and behavioral platform.