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Learning how to manage our reactions when we are in situations that cause us stress is critical to forming a satisfying life!

Formative Psychology®

Formative Psychology® as pioneered by Stanley Keleman recognizes that attitudes, thoughts, emotions, and feelings have anatomical shapes that can be influenced by voluntary muscular effort.  We all share a common anatomical inheritance, yet we minimize the role that our physical existence plays in our experiences of life.  When this formative understanding and methodology is included in the therapy process, you can work with the anatomical shapes of your attitudes and emotions to learn how to manage your reactions and behaviors.

Learning to Manage Your Reactions

By learning to influence the intensity and the duration of your responses using voluntary muscular effort, you can alter your emotional states and manage stress when it is happening.  You will learn that you do not have to be a passive witness to your thoughts, emotions, and feelings.  And that you do not have to withdraw from a stressful situation to recover or find relief.

With this practice you can learn how to form a response rather than be lived by your reactions.  And it is a skill you can use the rest of your life.

Soma is a Greek word for body that is used by the growing field of Somatic Psychology to indicate that the body is integral to our psychological experiences.

Somatic-Emotional Exercise

In the therapy process, I will help you identify and work with the muscular shapes of your attitudes and emotions.  Using a 5-step somatic-emotional exercise, you will be in charge of how much you do.  This is not a hands-on approach, this is a tool for you to have a direct experience of yourself and deepen your self-contact.  You can learn how to voluntarily influence your experiences by making small changes which can have profound effects upon your relationships and your ability to manage and regulate your behaviors.