Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. About two-thirds of my clients are couples who know that something has gone amiss in their relationships.
I also help many individuals, either with powerful solution focused therapy or with amazingly effective hypnotherapy. Ready to quit smoking? One hypnotherapy session is enough.
Regardless of method, the goal is always the same -- quick and enduring solutions.
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. Truly, the best answer is that I witness miracles in my office almost every week. After all these years, I am still amazed and delighted by these outcomes. My clients, of course, feel even more strongly, because their lives are literally turned around almost overnight. Their futures change from scary to exciting.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. At least 90 percent of people who visit therapists are not mentally ill, do not need a cure, and have no need for drugs.
At Delray Holistic Therapy, we understand that you came for help in solving problems that happen in life. Problems need solutions, not dangerous & habit-forming drugs, and Delray Holistic Therapy is the place for solutions.
Therapy & counseling are not medical specialties. I don't look for illnesses, and I don't attempt to "cure" you. If problems that trouble you vanish quickly and permanently, then I have done my job well.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. No secrets here. Just common sense solutions to life's problems. Once problems have been solved, people can't help but feeling happy.
In my case, I have little interest in your past diagnoses, nor will you get another one from me. I am much more interested in what's right with you than what's wrong with you. Once I know that, I can easily show you how to create solutions using your existing gifts and skills.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. How much training & experience have you had? 12 years' postgraduate training; 35 years' clinical experience. Former professor at Cornell, Tulane, Princeton, and Harvard Medical School.
How long will therapy take? 1 to 7 sessions, usually 2 to 5.
What if it doesn't work? It almost always works. If it doesn't work as you wanted it to within a few sessions, then I will not accept any more of your money, because that would be a sign that I misunderstood your goals. If, after your first hour, you state that it was a waste of your time, then there will be no charge. Not one penny. I'm not aware of anyone else who offers such a guarantee.
Hypnotherapy is done in two parts: a 75-minute consultation, then a 2-hour hypnotherapy session about a week later. In between, I prepare for your session for at least 3 hours by writing an individualized, 25-page script just for you, and which I'll never use again. I am Board Certified in Clinical Hypnotherapy. Usually I do 4 hypnotherapies per week, because I lack the hours to do more. That often means people must wait a few weeks. The wait is worthwhile, because my success rates are much, much higher than those of other area hypnotherapists; and I follow up for as long as a year, just to be sure.
Beware of those who describe themselves as "certified hypnotists." There is only one official Board of Certification in Florida. I was trained, evaluated, tested and certified by experts appointed by the Florida Board, and I have a State-issued certificate to prove it. Be sure to ask others from whom they received their "certification."
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. When habits and patterns are working well for you, keep doing them; do them more often. When repeating patterns usually end badly, it's time to do something different. No need for soul-searching -- just do something different, and see what happens.
Sounds so obvious, but but the failure to follow this simple rule is what gets people in trouble. This applies especially to couples, who are my primary specialty.
Don't be fooled by low per-session fees when shopping around. After all, the total cost to you is what really counts. My per-session fee is higher than average, but since we'll need just a few sessions, your total cost is always much lower that it would be with traditional therapists or counselors. That's a promise, not an estimate.
Besides, those with lower per-session fees are usually less than half my age, and have earned a master's degree at best. I am a dual-degreed doctor with 35 years' experience. Do the math.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. 1. No dredging up your past. No endless psychoanalysis. No blaming. No discussion of past mistakes. No endless search for underlying issues. No use of psycho-babble like ADHD, OCD, Bipolar, Co-dependent, etc. Sticking a label on someone has never once helped that person -- but it has quite often made things worse.
2. Expect success in 2 to 5 weeks. Occasionally just one, sometimes as many as 7. Never longer. It's all about solutions; all about the future, not the past. It's about what works and what is likely to work, not about all the things that didn't work.
3. My work is not about the lengthy and expensive search for profound insights. Expect effective solutions that begin to work immediately after your first visit, and make problems disappear very quickly and indefinitely, whether or not you or I fully understand their root causes. Perhaps that sounds odd, but I'll prove it works. When a therapist identifies his or her goal as "discovering underlying issues," be suspicious. Ask specifically how that will make problems go away. Understanding the roots of a problem is sometimes interesting and occasionally possible -- but therapeutically it is a huge waste of your time and money.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. There is rarely any doubt about my efficacy in helping people to find life solutions. I am not 100% successful, but every case presents another opportunity for me to learn something important, and I grow steadily more effective, even after 35 years.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. Q: I'm having problems in my relationship or marriage. May I see you alone first?
A: No. Both members of the couple must visit me together, right from the start.
Clients often ask what's wrong with them. ADHD? OCD? Bipolar Disorder? The list is endless.
My answer? I don't even use words like that. I am most interested in what's RIGHT with my clients, so I can empower them to use those gifts to solve current problems.
My aim is to help you create solutions, not to diagnose or analyze your problems, which wouldn't help you in the least. Quick, permanent solutions are what people want most of all. I rarely disappoint them.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. I see miracles occur at least once a week in my office. It is impossible to describe how rewarding this is, or to single out one case in particular. If you ask, I'll tell you amazing stories until you ask me to shut up.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. I don't diagnose. I don't ever use labels. I look for your strengths and natural gifts, not your deficiencies. I show you how to deploy those strengths to create solutions that are life-changing.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. Not an unusual story. It all began with just one brilliant and inspiring professor in college in 1969. Once hooked, the rest flowed naturally.
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. Recently I was seeing a client who had very bad sleep apnea. So bad, that he was too exhausted during the daytime to leave his house, and was on disability. He had visited three national sleep labs, and endured four surgeries, all to no avail.
I cured him completely in just five weeks of therapy. Today he walks, shops, goes to movies and restaurants with his wife daily. Soon he will be able to go back to work if he chooses to. The boon to his self-esteem and to his marriage is impossible to describe.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. I spend hours every week, reading a dozen authoritative journals in my field and related fields. I was trained at Cornell as a research scientist before I became a therapist, so this comes very naturally to me.
Reading about the most current research in therapy & counseling is the only way to remain up-to-date with recent advancements worldwide. Nowhere in the world are there developments newer than what I do now.
It is a rare day when I don't learn something very important from my clients.
I correspond with Master Therapists weekly, all over the world.
Finally, I take Continuing Education courses almost every year.
Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?
A. If you have seen -- or are seeing a therapist who expects you to come weekly for months or years, then your therapist is a dinosaur, and your investment of time and money is tragic. Think of all the more enjoyable things you could be doing with every hour and every dollar you waste on never-ending therapy.
I empower my clients to build permanent solutions in just a few weeks, not months or years. That's a promise. I don't waste your time and money dredging up ancient history or analyzing your problems to death. Instead, we work on solutions from day one.
One hour spent creating solutions is worth 20 hours analyzing problems. Think about that.
During the past few years, I have especially appreciated the new findings by brain scientists that support ideas that I have believed for years as a clinician working with real people and real problems. Science is catching up with the intuitions that good therapists have had for years.
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. Although I can't afford to offer discounts to most people, I do have a guarantee that is almost unheard of. If, after the first hour, you declare that it was a total waste of time, then there will be no charge. Not one penny.
I know of no other therapists who offer such a guarantee.
I also help some desperate homeless families for free, every month.
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. This is very hard work. Be extremely dedicated, or find another profession. There are many easier ways to earn a living. The worst thing one could do is to be a mediocre therapist. However, the non-monetary rewards are fantastic, if you are willing to stay up to date with progress in the field by doing a great deal of reading, and never allowing yourself to become complacent. Resting on one's laurels is just not an option.
Q. What is your greatest strength?
A. I have witnessed extraordinary progress among couples who wanted so much to repair damaged relationships, but didn't know how. I am especially pleased that this normally requires just a few weeks of counseling, not months or years.
In more recent years, I have been delighted to witness the amazing and steadily improving outcomes of hypnotherapy for so many problems, especially since I earned Board Certification from the State of Florida. I have converted nearly 300 people to ex-smokers. Sometimes their thanks remind me of how many lives I've saved; and how many more I've helped to transform for the better.
Q. What are you currently working on improving?
A. I've enjoyed outstanding success ever since I became Board Certified in Clinical Hypnotherapy by the State of Florida. It's been very exciting to discover the very wide range of problems that can be quickly and painlessly solved using hypnotherapy. It seems as if there is always something new that can benefit from hypnotherapy.
Most of my clients are couples in distress. No hypnotherapy for them. What's amazing to me is that I keep getting better and better at empowering couples to solve problems that are as old as the hills. The problems change very little from one year to the next, but the solutions just keep improving.
Finally, I am more often drawing upon my early training and experience in child development and parenting, to help parents cope with challenging, defiant, disrespectful pre-teens and teenagers. More often than not, I can accomplish much more good by meeting with parents than with the kids themselves -- who usually don't want to see a therapist anyway.
Q. Write your own question and answer it.
A. In which "disorders" do you specialize?
Specialties are for physicians with fancy scientific lab tests to point them to specific diagnoses. I never diagnose people, nor do I seek to cure them. Therapists who give you diagnoses you probably don't even understand, assume that there is something wrong with you, and they try to fix you. Have you ever heard of a blood test, or a urine test, or an X-Ray, that can be used to come up with any of those phony psychological "disorders?" No? That's because they don't exist.
I am not interested in what's wrong with you -- I want to know what's RIGHT with you. Once I know that, I have the key to helping you to build solutions using your existing strengths, gifts, and skills. This takes just weeks -- not months or years. That's a promise.