Approaches to Counseling and Therapy

My approaches to psychotherapy and counseling, and the types of issues I work with. I work as a

  • Psychotherapist
  • Transformational Coach
  • Spiritual Counselor
  • Mentor

I offer counseling and therapy services for teens, adults, individuals and couples here in Boulder, CO, and also work easily by phone, FaceTime and Skype with individuals, couples and families around the world.

My Approaches to Psychotherapy and Counseling

My approach to psychotherapy is client-centered, authentic, heart-centered, experiential, creative and intuitive. I offer a variety of therapy methods that are holistic approaches to healing: including Gestalt, Focusing, mindfulness, somatic, positive, spiritual and energy-based psychotherapy. My approach is not based on traditional talk-therapy or analysis, though at times this is helpful and necessary. My clients find rapid alleviation of issues and their lives often transform in miraculous ways.

Transpersonal Psychotherapy

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Transpersonal Psychotherapy welcomes all of our emotions, feelings and our deepest self.

Transpersonal therapy focuses on the Essential Self. Transpersonal therapy is a holistic approach, encompassing all levels of human experience. It includes the spiritual, seeking to reveal the person behind the ego, at the core of the personality. Transpersonal psychology draws its methodology from the spiritual traditions of the world and integrates them with contemporary, mindful-based psychology.

In transpersonal therapy, it is essential that the therapist recognizes that he/she is equal to the client and in fact, on the level of pure consciousness, there is no separation between them. This shift in ideology changes the whole nature of the therapy. The therapist is not in a superior position to the client, and listens with suspended judgment and an attitude of deep empathy and respect.

“Traditional psychotherapy tends to pathologize people’s pain, and generally focuses on changing or fixing undesirable symptoms. From the contemplative point of view, our basic nature is intrinsically healthy but our awareness of this health is often obscured. Contemplative psychotherapy is a process of uncovering this fully awake and aware state. We become liberated from unnecessary suffering through experiencing ourselves in the moment, exactly as we are.” ~ Excerpt from Contemplative Psychotherapy

Holistic Psychotherapy

In contrast with many other types of psychotherapy, holistic psychotherapy focuses not only on a client’s mental and emotional health, and behavioral patterns, but on the totality of a client’s being. This may include your relationship to Nature, food, lifestyle, your work, sleeping habits, exercise, sexuality, creativity, Spirit, all relationships and anything else that comprises your life.

Picture with words saying Every thing will be okay.Along with Gestalt therapy, Focusing therapy, EFT, guided somatic (body) sensing and mindfulness practices, we may also engage in creative art expression, movement and body-orientated work. I also teach my clients to listen to their own intuition and help them develop their own self-healing skills.

When appropriate, I may also share my knowledge and experience as a naturopathic health practitioner and energy healer. Environmental, nutritional, dietary, hormonal, neuro-endocrine, energetic, lifestyle and other equally important factors can be important and necessary to address. Our emotions, mind and body are very interrelated. I have seen this clearly in over 25 years of counseling as psychotherapist and as a natural health consultant. Being able to address all these aspects has often proved to be of great benefit to my clients.

Spiritual Counseling

Spiritual based counseling acknowledges that we are spiritual beings having a physical human experience. We are not broken and we do not need to be fixed. Life is calling us to expand our awareness and connection to our souls and Spirit. Many troubles and suffering fall away as we connect to our core or higher selves. We are alive to deepen our connection to Divine Love or the Living Presence, or what some mean by God.

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Spiritual Counseling includes our connection to our heart, soul and Spirit.

In spiritual counseling I directly invite discussion and communication about our spirituality and its connection throughout our lives. We may use meditation, prayer and spiritual healing to transform and heal any issue, as well as helping you to create a life you love.

It was always frustrating for me that nearly all my therapists and counselors did not recognize or bring into the session my soul and Spirit. This didn’t make sense me, for it is our soul and Spirit that hold the greatest power for insight and healing, not our mental minds.

The most powerful and deepest healing takes place on the soul or spiritual level. This has certainly been true in my life, and in the lives of my clients. 

Gestalt Therapy

Gestalt therapy is an experiential form of psychotherapy that emphasizes the present, here and now, rather than analyzing or dwelling on the past. It focuses on the individual’s present experience and helps you to understand, know and accept your own emotions and feelings. Gestalt therapy is a holistic, person-centered and mind-body approach. I find it highly effective for healing all types of relationship issues, anxiety and trauma.

Gestalt therapy raises awareness and allows people to become comfortable and accepting of themselves in the context of others and the environment. It helps people to better understand how their emotional and physical bodies are connected, and as I use it, their spiritual bodies as well. Gestalt therapy is brilliant and leaves a person feeling whole and with a greater capacity for freedom, energy and joy. Gestalt therapy leads to self-healing, wholeness and transformation.

In my own journey for healing, as well as with clients, I have found Gestalt therapy to be the most powerful and helpful therapy method. It allows both the client and myself to gain the greatest awareness of all parts of the client’s life, to hold them with understanding, empathy and unconditional acceptance, while becoming fully integrated and whole.

Energy Psychology

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Energy Psychology works with the whole body-mind system, facilitating rapid positive change.

Energy Psychology and Energy Medicine are based on what Chinese medicine has known for thousands of years. Metaphysical, spiritual teachers and shamans have been teaching for centuries, and our present day physicists are now proving, that all of us, and all our world is based on energy. And with our minds, we affect and can move energy.

“In every culture and in every medical tradition before ours, healing was accomplished by moving energy.” — Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, Nobel laureate in Medicine

One of the most well-known energy psychology approaches is Gary Craig’s Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). I learned it twelve years ago and have used it extensively with tremendous results.

EFT – Emotional Freedom Techniques

EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is one of the most effective tools I’ve found for helping my clients resolve issues rapidly. It can be easily learned, and self-applied, though it often takes the skill of an experienced therapist to achieve deep healing.

I have used EFT for over 12 years with my clients (by phone and in-person) with amazing results. I have Advanced Certification from Gary Craig, the founder of EFT. I have used EFT with both my psychotherapy and coaching clients with great success. Energy Psychology is revolutionizing the field of psychology and medicine.

Standard EFT involves self-applied tapping with one’s fingers on various acupressure meridians and points on the body while verbalizing and sensing the target symptom or emotional issue. It works similar to EMDR. It frees up, integrates and balances the energy, allowing the original disturbance (emotion, traumatic memory, or body dysfunction), to be eliminated or neutralized.

I combine EFT with other forms of therapy, especially somatic sensing, Focusing and Gestalt to bring about deep healing and transformation in an incredibly short time. I rarely anymore use physical tapping EFT, rather I combine it with energy healing, or what might be called, Spiritual EFT.

Success with EFT, just like Gestalt or any therapy, depends on the experience and skills of the therapist.

Issues I am experienced with and respond well to these psychotherapy approaches:

Individual Therapy

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Therapy frees us to enjoy life again.

At times life has its challenges and obstacles. Everybody needs a little bit of help and guidance sometimes. If that time has come for you, you need an open-minded person skilled at truly listening, who understands you and won’t judge or label you. You need someone who has the experience and skills to help you over come the blocks that are preventing you from living your life to the fullest. Click here to learn more about how I can help you change your life and support you in creating and experiencing the joy and well-being that everyone wants and deserves in life.

Are you ready to be free of your suffering, blocks and confusion? Do you want more love, laughter and joy in your life? Visit my contact page to find out all your options how to connect with me.

Sessions can be in-person in Boulder, CO, or by phone, FaceTime or Skype from anywhere in the world.

“Timothy Long is a natural healer and his personality and natural skill lead to extraordinary emotional healing.” ~ Kathy

“After all the thousands of dollars I’ve spent on alternative supplements and modifying my diet it was YOUR counseling sessions that opened me up to healing the real problems in my life.” ~ Jubae

“With Timothy’s help I’ve been able to permanently clear years of anguish, sadness and fear.” ~ Carol

Related link: Medical Doctors Are Catching on How Great EFT Works by Curtis Steel, MD

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Individual therapy can transform your life. Learn here how I can support you in this process.

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Life events can leave us overwhelmed, alone and suffering. I can help you become free. Learn here more about my approach to healing trauma and PTSD.

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