up in a dysfunctional family, gave rise to a longing within my heart,
to help people and alleviate suffering. At age 16, that longing
evolved into a dream of becoming a psychotherapist. I accomplished
that dream in 2003, by earning a Master’s degree in counseling from
Southwestern College, a holistic college in Santa Fe, NM.
the years, I have worked with a wide variety of clients from differing cultural & racial background, socioeconomic status, gender orientation and age. I am experienced and skilled in treating most of the areas of human
dysfunction. That includes psychological issues such as depression,
anxiety, panic attacks and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It
also includes substance and process addictions and weight management,
as well as relationship and parenting issues.
I work with children, adolescents, adults and couples. I use a
holistic approach which takes into account your overall wellbeing.
Therefore, my foundational treatment is guiding clients toward better
nutrition and lifestyle choices which contribute to psychological health.
That includes recommending dietary changes and nutritional
supplements, as well as lifestyle changes. It is my view, that we
simply cannot feel or function well without optimal nutrition and self care.
The use of
nutrition and lifestyle recommendations is growing among
psychotherapists, who realize that psychotherapy cannot fully address
psychological issues caused by missing nutrients and poor lifestyle
choices. In fact, the link between nutrition and psychological wellbeing has
been the subject of clinical reports, books and research in recent
decades. Therefore, it is becoming more evident that proper
nutrition and supplements can relieve many psychological symptoms,
including addictions, without the use of medication.
am skilled and experienced in various psychotherapy modalities. I
use EMDR for healing the psychological impact of past traumatic
events. That impact can manifest as PTSD, panic attacks, addictions
and/or other disorders. I also use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
(CBT) for assisting clients with changing self-defeating beliefs and self-talk, which contribute to depression, anxiety and other
symptoms. My training in Nonviolent Communication is instrumental in
teaching compassionate communication skills. It is also useful in assisting clients
with allowing their emotions instead of repressing or ignoring them or finding addictive escapes for them. I also use guided relaxation to teach
clients stress and anxiety management skills.
longer term therapy, I use depth psychotherapy approaches such as
inner child work, dream interpretation, mandala work and guided
visualization. I also borrow from
other psychotherapy modalities, such as Psychosynthesis and
Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET).
with me has several lasting benefits, if clients fully participate in
the treatment process. These include relief of depression, anxiety,
addictions and other symptoms. Clients also benefit from improved communication,
stress-management and self-esteem/confidence. Parents
will benefit from learning parenting skills that work. Se
Iris Toledo ReachesNorcross GA