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Mental Health Fact:

Mental illnesses can affect persons of any age, race, religion, or income. Mental illnesses are not the result of personal weakness, lack of

character, or poor upbringing. Mental illnesses are treatable. Most people diagnosed with a serious mental illness can experience relief from their symptoms by actively participating in an individual treatment plan.

Peru

David's training is in experiential psychotherapies such as gestalt, bioenergetics, psychomotor, and psychodynamic therapy. This training came in the early stages of his career as he realized the depth and intensity of life stories. More specifically, this highlighted his sense that what happens to us experientially remains with us. Clearly, each of us is affected by our experiences so that unfinished business is a powerful "determinant." "Unfinished business" refers to any experience residing in you that can be triggered by something in the here and now. This results in depression, Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, emotional conflict, relationship problems, yearnings of the soul, or dissatisfaction with life. Psychotherapy and experiential growth work provide the sacred space for healing and transformation of one's self, one's past experiences. Each healing journey is "tailored" to your individual needs and requirements.

As these experiential modalities jelled, his interests moved beyond traditional psychotherapeutic experiences. Later, he completed a Vision Quest with Animus Valley Institute to learn more about Native American forms of Spirituality. This was followed by the Advanced Medicine Wheel Training to become acquainted with Peruvian/Andean forms of energy work. He then enrolled in the STAR(Soul Transformation and Repatterning) Process three year training which allowed him to further refine the integration of psychotherapy and energy techniques. The ultimate experience was a two week Peru journey with Juan de Nunez del Prado, a Peruvian anthropologist.

Collectively, his therapy journeys focus on personal and progressive integration of the mind, body, spirit connection through satisfying the soul. This is a journey into wholeness. With this in mind, he fully understands that each path is different and that your goals/desires are the ultimate requirement of your work.


Book Review
Heartful Parenting: Connected Parenting & Emotional Intelligence
by David E. Myers, Ph.D.


A couple months ago, Dr. Myers sent me his book to review and I promised him I would review it in my August Parenting Newsletter. I would recommend this book to parents who want to give their children perhaps the most important gift they can—heightened emotional intelligence.

Research has been done that shows emotional intelligence is more predictive of life success and happiness than intellectual intelligence. You can be very book smart but if you aren’t in tune with people, you are less likely to succeed than if you are in tune with yourself and others emotionally.

He makes some excellent points that I wholeheartedly agree with. For example on page 98, Dr. Myers writes, “In an all-out war between parents and child, the child will win, usually at a great cost to her.” This is so true. He also provides excellent advice for things to do and things to avoid as a parent. He focuses on the importance of having a positive relationship with your child and distinguishes between discipline as teaching and discipline as punishment. He has a chapter dedicated to communication and provides good guidelines for how to communicate with your child.

Overall, I liked this book and would recommend it for parents seeking to be better than “good enough” parents.


Review by Kim Oliver,
MS, NCC, LPC of the Relationship Center


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