“At the core of our integrative approach lies the nurturing of the relationship we have with ourselves. Therapy should include developing self-care skills that heal and nourish such relationship. These skills can accelerate treatment and sustain emotional well-being”.
- Professional Orientation
- Conditions Treated
Individual challenges, relationship issues, trauma experiences, and the existential realities of life produce difficult emotions, anxieties, beliefs, and physiological reactions. As a result, our bodies protect themselves, and automatically create defenses that provide temporary relief. Paradoxically, these defenses also keep us stuck in the status quo of life, in a condition where suffering is perpetuated; in a place where intimate desires and life meaning are not pursued. Frequently, this phenomenon develops into states of despair, depression, anxiety, and illness which require therapeutic intervention.
Our psychologists will help you address the above-mentioned challenges in a clear, compassionate, and result-oriented way. Their approach is integrative in nature. The complex relationship between emotions, anxieties, defenses, and body reactions are explored, not only intellectually, but also organically, at an experiential level. Furthermore, our therapists will also ground your issues within the context of human relationship where most emotional difficulties occur. This comprehensive approach can accelerate treatment because it attempts to address lifelong underlying issues that keep us stuck in life.
Our approach brings together the best of neuropsychology, mindfulness, somatic-based therapy, existential philosophy, attachment theories, dynamic psychology, positive psychology, trauma therapy, existential-humanistic orientations, cognitive-emotional based approaches, and life-coaching strategies.
Psychologist & Therapists
DR. NORMAN R. BENTSON
- PERSONAL BACKGROUND
- PROFESSIONAL ORIENTATION
- SCHEDULE A 15-MINUTE NO COST APPOINTMENT
Dr. Bentson is an experienced psychologist who has treated children, adults, couples, the elderly, psychiatric patients, victims of crime and abuse; and adults experiencing chronic medical issues. His integrative and compassionate approach is designed to help patients address root psychological issues, relationship dilemmas, trauma, and general life concerns.
Besides his extensive training within the field of clinical psychology, Dr. Bentson has prior educational and professional background in fields such as vocational rehabilitation counseling, theology and spirituality studies, cross-cultural studies, and in business administration and marketing management. He was raised in Argentina and moved to the United States at age 30. Dr. Bentson raised four children, experienced a long-term marriage, a divorce, dating, meaningful relationships, multiple career changes, worldview changes, etc.
Dr. Bentson’s unique mix of cultural, educational, and life experiences may explain his therapeutic sensitivity, creativity, and comprehensive approach to psychological treatment. He conducts therapeutic sessions in English and in Spanish.
Dr Bentson will help you address a variety of personal and relationship challenges in a clear, compassionate, and result-oriented way. His approach is integrative in nature. The complex relationship between emotions, anxieties, defenses, and body reactions are explored, not only intellectually, but also at an experiential level. This increases awareness regarding the need to develop self-care skills. The anxiety provoking realities of change, loss, abandonment, aging, illness, choice, meaninglessness, etc. are also considered within therapy. Finally, Dr. Bentson will ground issues within the context of human relationship where most emotional difficulties occur. His comprehensive approach can accelerate treatment because it attempts to address underlying issues that tend to keep us stuck in life.
Here is a sample of issues at the root of personal and relationship conflicts: inability to tolerate strong emotions (anger, fear, rage, sadness, guilt, shame, etc.); unresolved childhood trauma; disconnection from emotions; fragmentation patterns that derive from trauma, abandonment and inundation anxiety; negative self-belief patterns; denial, intellectualizing and minimizing defenses; blaming; fear of intimacy and emotional closeness; sexual inhibition and disfunction; rigid non-acceptance, boundary and thinking states; depression that masks anger and sadness; detachment from feelings and body sensations; fear of emotional closeness; lack of connection with self; withholding tactics; fear of expressing desires; emotional numbness; low sexual desire; wishful thinking mechanisms; over-reliance of religious beliefs; strict adherence to family mandates; inability to tolerate new experiences; fear of expressing truth; inability to verbalize feelings; inability to ask for what one needs and wants; chronic grieving processes; gender biases; etc.
Dr. Bentson’s integrative approach brings together the best of neuropsychology, mindfulness, somatic-based therapy, existential philosophy, attachment therapy, short-term dynamic psychology, positive psychology, trauma therapy, existential-humanistic orientations, cognitive-emotional based approaches, and life-coaching strategies.
Clinical Psychologist, California License # 24747
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DR. LILI SANCHEZ-CORDOVA
- PERSONAL BACKGROUND
- PROFESSIONAL ORIENTATION
- SCHEDULE A 15-MINUTE NO COST APPOINTMENT
Dr. Sanchez-Cordova provides culturally sensitive, therapeutic assistance through teletherapy and specializes in individual psychotherapy with adults who are experiencing challenges in coping with depression, anxiety, personal transitions, and general life stressors. As a whole, her approach to treatment is collaborative, and humanistic. Her approach is also comprehensive and integrative in nature in that she considers the full spectrum of human experience: emotions, anxiety, defenses, cognitions, behaviors, trauma, existential realities, work, and intimate relationships. She takes an empathic stance and is committed to tailoring treatment to meet the needs of her clients and incorporating client-specific modalities. Exploring self-care and relationship skills is central to her orientation. The therapeutic orientations that influence her work include but are not limited to, Mind-Body Interventions, Mindfulness Based Interventions and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Dr. Sanchez-Cordova is eager and passionate about using her experience and integrative approach to assist clients on their journey towards finding solutions, empowerment, and balance. Dr. Sanchez-Cordoba provides services in English and Spanish.
California Psychology License PSY30651
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Skilled Nursing Centers
“Non-pharmacological approaches to treatment are recommended by government agencies. Psychological care is a fundamental alternative for the changing population residing within today’s skilled nursing centers”
- ISSUES TREATED
- OUR PSYCHOLOGISTS
- SELF-CARE SKILLS FOR PATIENTS
- SELF-CARE SKILLS FOR THE NURSING STAFF
Patients within medical settings experience a variety of psychological and emotional issues that can have detrimental ramifications when left untreated. Among the most basic scenarios are those conditions resulting from medical, aging, and adjustment issues, which frequently mask difficult emotions. Early intervention is recommended before these conditions become entrenched in depression and anxiety disorders. Other issues commonly encountered within medical facilities are loneliness, abandonment, family, and childhood issues; end-of life issues; pain and sleep disturbances; dementia; hallucinations; schizophrenia; and other psychiatric symptoms. Chronic and co-morbid medical conditions are common in today’s skilled nursing facilities. These often mask trauma and abuse issues. This requires diagnosis and treatment by an experienced and cautious professional. Facilities are also being populated with adults suffering from debilitating strokes, obesity, spinal cord injuries, diabetes, and other chronic disabilities. These patients frequently experience depression and anxiety-related conditions requiring psychological and emotional treatment.
Our psychologists have extensive experience working within skilled nursing centers. Their professionalism, integrative approach, warmth, and boundary setting abilities, as well as their fluency in English and Spanish set them apart in this field.
Our Psychologists will conduct diagnostic evaluations and determine medical necessity based on up-to-date Medicare and Medi-Cal guidelines. Moreover, by providing psychological services to patients, the facility will be complying with government recommendations regarding increased use of non-pharmacological treatments. Our psychologists work closely with management, social workers, family members, psychiatrists, physicians, and the nursing staff.
Our psychologists can also train the nursing staff regarding issues commonly confronted within medical settings. Furthermore, as a way of assisting the staff in their important caretaking role, our psychologists have also developed a variety of self-care skills that apply to their job and circumstances. Among them we include listening skills, self-relaxation skills; boundary setting abilities; how to work with difficult patients, etc.
The Organic Self Seminars
Our Life-Skills Seminars attempt to integrate biological, existential and relationship issues by weaving them into practical concepts and skills that are easy to understand and use in daily life. These seminars help participants experience self-awareness, self-compassion, to build self-care and relationships skills. This training can be adjusted to the needs and characteristics of each audience. In Spanish the seminar is titled ESCUCHANDONOS (www.escuchandonos.com) which is provided within the US and Latin America.
The Existential Realities of Life ° The Biological Realities of Life ° The Relationship Realities of Life ° A Radical Acceptance of Reality ° A Learning Orientation to Life ° LIFE-SKILLS as our Life Foundation ° Understanding the Organic-Self ° Living with Emotional Depth ° Developing A Felt Sense ° The Core Relationship with Ourselves ° Experiencing our Biological Triangle: Emotions, Anxiety & Defenses ° Understanding our Basic Fault ° Listening & Caring for the Organic-Self ° Our Multiplicity of Parts ° Understanding our Biological Fragmentations ° The Power of Anxiety, Sadness, Shame, Guilt, & Anger ° Being Present vs. Being Fragmented ° Understanding Trauma and Abandonment ° Addressing Core Self-Judgements ° Anxiety and Repressed Emotions ° Anxiety, Illness & Pain ° Healing: The Biological Need for Compassion & Kindness ° The Positive & Negative Power of Beliefs ° The Biological Understanding of Homeostasis & Repetition ° Religion, Spirituality & Atheism vs. LIFE-SKILLS ° Structural Power in Society ° Social Justice & Well-Being °
- Accepting Fragmentation & Emotional Pain
- Experiencing Emotions, Anxieties and Defenses
- Tolerating Mixed Emotions
- The Trap: “I feel bad because you…”
- 100 % Responsibility
- Steps Out of Biological Fragmentation
- Exaggerating Defenses
- Increasing Emotional Tolerances
- Dealing with Psychological Projections
- Healing Core Self-Judgments
- Saying Yes to the Human Void
- Accepting Meaninglessness
- The Gift of Reality
- Feeling Anxieties, Emotions & Fragmentation
- Biological Self-Soothing
- Breathing Patterns that Calm
- Breathing Patterns that Energize
- Self-Talk: Compassion, Self-Validation & Trust
- Self-Soothing Touch
- Prizing Ourselves
- Caring for our Sub-Personalities
- The Dynamic of Relationships & Healing
- Accepting the Organic Self of the Other
- Being in the Moment versus being Fragmented
- Understanding Subjectivity
- Accepting Trauma symptoms in the Other
- Freely Exploring and Expressing Thoughts and Emotions
- Compassionate Based Listening Skills
- Perception Checking: “I want to understand what you are trying to communicate”
- The Gift of Vulnerability
- Co-Soothing Skills for Couples
- Experiencing Mutual Generosity
- The Gift of Touch
- The Body: Embracing Pleasure
- Feeling Physical Sensations
- The Role of Breathing
- Tolerating Aliveness
- Your Orgasm / Your Responsibility
- The Role of Connection, Emotions and Bond
- The Skill of Mutual Attunement
- Empathy, Connection & Aliveness
- Taking Risks and the Gift of Vulnerability, Play & Spontaneity
- Owning Dreams & Desires
- Daring to have a Reality Based Life-Plan
- Meaning: A life of Service?
- What’s my next Step?
- Accepting Fear, Doubt and Anxiety
- Risk taking with Self-Trust and Courage
- Accepting Timing, Limits & Reality
- Changing Course is OK
- Social Justice and Well-Being
- Relating To Power Structures Within Society
- Navigating Capitalism & Democracy with Integrative Life Skills