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You mean I can train my emotions? Aug 28, 2014
let's talk about counseling for self-regulation In just the past few years the idea of "re-wiring" or "re-setting" the brain has gone mainstream. We've been hearing from scientists for over a decade that even small changes in your brain wiring can have tremendous positive effects on health that result when you become emotionally stronger.

Coincidentally, (or is it ironically?) the whole purpose of myShrink.com is to make you aware of the astonishing benefits that flow from natural brain self-regulation.

You see, you can train your brain so that it takes care of everyday stress automatically, reflexively, and in stride. It's just so darn hard to capture in words...that once your nervous system's self regulating, you feel so much different on the inside, calmer, connected to yourself, self-confident and emotionally stronger.

To fill in the details, I pulled together some of the best articles on the site. The clinical evidence is indisputable: when your nervous system learns to self-regulate naturally, the way it evolved, you'll discover a new, deeply organic feeling for life, and the means to enrich that experience as long as you wish.

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Ran into your "ex"? May 24, 2014
Psychotherapy Yeah, you know what it's like. You're an ex-client and your worst nightmare is running into your old therapist - the one you didn't leave on the best of terms. Yeeks!

And what's worse...you go into freeze mode. All the activating memories come flooding back. You can't say a word...locked in a time warp.

Can't see your way out of this one? Well, it's actually a matter of your high activation. Cause by controlling your activation, you'll control your "deer in the headlights" response.

So, here's a way to change your brain's wiring so that freeze is never a problem again.

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When therapy goes bad... Apr 09, 2014
Choosing a Therapist icon If you didn't catch myShrink's latest tongue-in-cheek movie about the hazards of being with the wrong therapist, then check out the Wonky Therapist Movie.

But seriously, for many people therapy is no joke. And I agree. Much depends on it...the money you invest, the time, your effort and most importantly...your sense of emotional well-being. This last point is something you don't want to take chances with.

Yet, how do you know when there are few guidelines for how good therapy works. It seems like a risky proposition when you hear what's happened to others.

Check out the latest comments and see how your therapy fits in.

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What if there were a way…

To feel more alive,

To feel as a child, full of wonder and joy,

To realize that the future is limited only by the strength of your desire,

To discover your life’s purpose, at last?

Hi, my name is Susan LaCombe. I've been a practicing psychologist and psychotherapist for over 11 years.

I created myShrink.com to educate folks (and therapists) about a new way of doing therapy.

You see, there's been an explosion of research in brain science and early child development recently. I bet you've heard of "brain plasticity" for example; it's one of the key discoveries that everyone's talking about. However, precious little else has been adapted to improve the way we do psychotherapy.

When I began to apply these discoveries and insights in my own practice I got tremendous results. I discovered that when my clients really "got it" their time spent in therapy was greatly reduced, and the personal changes they made were deep and long-lasting. They ordinarily got emotionally stronger. The results were so impressive that it's now the only way I do therapy.

A new paradigm

The "traditional" approach to therapy operates "from the outside in". Very basically, it's like a detective story: the client searches the past for a person or event that's causally related to her symptoms; the therapist then explains the meaning of the remembered events. It's a verbal, "left brain" process that sees emotional healing as the result of an intellectual search and discovery.

In this approach the therapist need not be emotionally engaged at all; in fact, many therapists are taught to be totally uncommunicative.

The new paradigm I'm proposing sees therapy as an "inside out" process. The focus is on what the client actually experiences during therapy. What she remembers about the past is of course important, but only as a trigger for an underlying emotional reaction. Healing results from the repeated experience of facing down the intense emotional energies that get activated. Therapeutic interpretations can be important of course, but only after the emotional triggers have been sufficiently reduced.

Please note that I'm not advocating a wholesale rejection of the traditional way of doing therapy. But it goes much farther than simply advising client and therapist to practice mindfulness. In this new paradigm, the client's internal experiences (ie. triggers) are key in an inside out (not outside in), engaged (not arms-length), experiential (not intellectual) therapeutic process.

In short, myShrink is for folks in therapy who's like to know how to make changes faster, and make them stick.

And it's also for therapists who'd like to know what the future holds for the practice of therapy, and how they can boost the way they do therapy now. Bottom line - to achieve your personal goals, whether physical, emotional or spiritual, you must include the "body" in therapy.

That's the basic lesson of body psychotherapy, and the basic message of this website.

Please wander through the site, read the articles, sign up for the newsletter, share your
experience, learn from our community, have fun, go crazy! (Oops, didn't mean that literally!)

Dr. Suzanne LaCombe, Counseling Psychologist
Counseling Psychologist, Dr. Suzanne LaCombe,.
Suzanne LaCombe, Ed. D., R. Psych.
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