Bertone Therapy
Frequently Asked Questions

What Usually Happens During Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy sessions generally consist of listening to what a client has to say and then responding with a comment or question.   I refrain from giving advice, as I prefer to empower my clients to find their own answers and initiate their own changes through a process of facilitating greater awareness about themselves and their issues.  Our sessions will be about talking and exchanging ideas.  I have found that what is helpful is to join you on this journey of discovery by listening and understanding and to offer questions that stir curiosity in you.  With this new understanding of your thoughts, feelings and behaviors, you are freed up to see more choices and make better decisions.  At times you might find me quiet.  I encourage you to ask me any questions at any time so we can understand the meaning of things. In most cases, it will be imperative that an awareness occur on both a mental and emotional level before answers can be had or desired changes can be implemented.   

It is normal and natural for strong feelings to arise during the course of psychotherapy. It is not unusual for a client’s symptoms to become more pronounced during the course of therapy, although therapy sessions generally assist a client in coping with the experience of painful feelings, difficult memories, or problems relating to others.  

Questions and Answers About Hypnotherapy

What is hypnotherapy?  Hypnotherapy is therapy performed under a state of hypnosis. What, then, is therapy?  It is anything that helps to move someone toward greater health and wholeness.  So what, then, is hypnosis?  Hypnosis is a heightened state of suggestibility that is achieved by following directions.  Can everyone be hypnotized? Anyone of normal intelligence, who is willing to follow directions, can be hypnotized.

How long has hypnosis been an approved modality?  The American Medical Association approved hypnosis over 50 years ago - in 1958.

What can hypnotherapy be used for?  Among other things, hypnotherapy has been known to be effective for many who want to stop smoking, lose weight, overcome phobias, stop nail biting, reduce stress and anxiety, manage anger, improve study habits, and increase self-esteem and confidence.

Questions and Answers About EMDR

The EMDR reprocessing and desensitization phase involves bi-lateral stimulation of a client's eyes, ears or physical senses through the therapist's hand movements, auditory stimulation or tapping on a client's knees.  As an alternative to tapping, hand pulsers are available and often preferred.  Clients and therapists alike wonder how EMDR actually works.  Even the originator of this successful therapeutic approach, Francine Shapiro, cannot yet explain it.  She believes that it may be akin to how we move our eyes during REM sleep and process unconscious dream material.  

EMDR is a therapy that is listed in the new Dept. of Veterans Affairs and Dept. of Defense Practice Guidelines as "highly recommended" for the treatment of trauma.  It is also listed as an effective form of therapy on a new National Institute of Mental Health-sponsored website, "Adult MH Therapist for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder."  

Marc R. Bertone, MA, JD, LMFT
4605 Barranca Parkway, Suite 101A, Irvine, CA. 92604
(949) 683-0412
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