Monday, May 27, 2019

Forgiveness therapy

Research suggests forgiveness is effective in reducing anger, anxiety, and depression while increasing a sense of hope and self-esteem. Letting go of resentment can lead to greater physical and psychological health.

If you are experiencing difficulty in a relationship it may be due to resentment or with difficulty forgiving someone no longer in your life. You may be able to heal a relationship through forgiveness, save a marriage, restore a relationship with an adult child, parent or loved one. You may find release from the affects of abuse, or recovery from an addiction through forgiveness.
 
Are you stuck in anger? Forgiveness is often a process, so if you want this release in your life we can work together to help get you to the other side.
 
The therapy consists of education about forgiveness, sharing your situation, and help working through the various stages, such as anger and mistrust. We also explore reconciliation, when is it safe or unsafe to trust again, and how forgiveness is more for your wellbeing than for the person who hurt or offended you.
 
Among several theorists I base my therapy on the work of Richard Fitzgibbons, MD, who trained with Aaron T. Beck in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and his colleague Robert D. Enright, PhD.
 
Individual, couples and family therapy sessions are available.
 
“Anger and the wish to punish a family member for past grievances often remain resistant to the most useful cognitive-behavioral approaches. Enright and Fitzgibbons show how forgiveness can help finalize past resentment and allow people to lay their past grievances to rest.”    - Aaron T. Beck MD 

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If you do not see your need listed under my specialties, please contact me to inquire if it's within my scope of practice and competency. If not, I can refer you to another therapist, professional or agency that may be able to help you.