Areas of Specialization

Stress and Anxiety   

We live in very stressful times. The past year with people losing their jobs, the stock market plummeting and people losing their homes to foreclosure has been extremely stressful to most of us.
I teach techniques that can release the stress thus bringing down the anxiety. Research has shown that anxiety is one of the key components of many illnesses including cancer, diabetes, etc.
One of the best ways to reduce stress is to meditate on a daily basis. I teach Mindfulness Meditation. This is where the client learns to close her eyes and breathe deeply from their abdomen letting all their thoughts go with their exhale. It's hard at first because most of us have nonstop thoughts. But, with practice this can be accomplished and the feeling of being at peace and being in the moment is achieved. When we are in the moment, we are not feeling guilty about something we did in the past or worrying about doing something dreadful in the future. We are in the moment and that is the place of complete peace.
I teach other techniques that can be very helpful in releasing stress and bringing ourselves to that place of lower blood pressure and total relaxation.


Childhood Trauma and the Inner Child 

It is important to remember that when we suffer trauma at a young age we usually can't defend ourselves. When we are adults even though most of us can get ourselves out of a bad situation, a similar trauma that reminds us of the childhood trauma can trigger that past trauma. We can feel like a child again with no protection, even though our logical mind knows that isn't true. It can feel as bad as it did when we were a child.

When this happens, usually our brain knows whatever is happening is not the same thing. But, our body memory sees the similarities and feels like the awfulness is happening all over again.

When a person can understand that the current situation is not the same as the past they can begin to heal. I use EMDR Lifespan Integration and other modalities to help that child part of us know that we are no longer a helpless child. We are now a grown-up with choices and many ways to protect ourselves.

PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder


We are all concerned about mental health and a condition called PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) has finally started getting the attention it deserves. Although PTSD can be the result of any sort of trauma at any age, it has become a huge issue for our returning vets. According to if you or your loved one is affected, certain symptoms will begin to show up, usually early on, but may be delayed. 

As a counselor/therapist I know there is help, I know of those who have found relief through talk therapy as well as a variety of therapy techniques. I am trained in many different therapy modalities which can help those who are suffering from trauma.

This is the time to put a spotlight on this issue, to take away any shame or quilt one may feel which prevents them from getting help. PTSD effects whole families, not just one person. Children, wives, family members are all effected by this issue.

Because of this I decided to make June and July about awareness and helping others seek help.

Understanding PTSD

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur after you have been through a traumatic event. A traumatic event is something terrible and scary that you see, hear about, or that happens to you, like:

• Combat exposure

• Child sexual or physical abuse

• Terrorist attack

• Sexual or physical assault

• Serious accidents, like a car wreck

   Natural disasters, like a fire, tornado, hurricane, flood, or earthquake

If you or a loved one is suffering from the effects of any trauma, call or e-mail me at:

Phone: (805) 481-8534

For more information on PTSD visit Jane's blog page

Peak Performance

When we have a long sought after goal such as passing a test, giving an important speech, etc. It's easy to worry and do the exact opposite of what we should do.

It's important to remember that the brain doesn't know the difference between what we actually see and what we imagine in our mind. Both are the same to the brain. So, using our imagination in the form of guided imagery, can help us see, feel and experience what it is like to actually succeed.

When coaching my clients I can help them to understand that the only obstacles to success are the one's they have in their mind. I also make guided imagery CDs for them to listen to frequently before they go to accomplish their goal.


Situational depression happens when something takes place that is out of the ordinary and traumatic, sad, stressful, etc. Because it isn't something that we are familiar with we don't know how to deal with it. It can take awhile to understand it and move on.

Situational depression is different from depression that has an organic base in that other members of the family also deal with it.

Where we get in trouble is when we allow depressive thoughts to build and multiply. I liken it to the domino effect. You knock one over and the rest fall. That's why it is important to do the necessary cognitive work and learn techniques to use when we have the first depressive thought.

I can help you free yourself from this spiral downward. It's important to have a plan in place and to know what you need to do before the spiral goes too far.


These can all be difficult to deal with because we are grieving the loss, even though our mind knows it is best to move on.

I help people process these "losses" and understand that change is what happens. It is a normal part of life and the new situation most likely has a beautiful silver lining. I help my clients reach acceptance about the change and set new positive goals for their future.


Phone: (805) 709-7496


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