Delray Holistic Therapy

West Palm Beach, FL

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How does your service stand out?

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 sessions. Occasionally just one. 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 even better, 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. Most of the time, talking or even thinking about unhappy memories actually gives them more power to hurt you, as your brain strengthen those memories each time you access them. Here's a good question to ask yourself. Which is more important: Spending months looking things that didn't work? Or easily allowing the problems simply vanish indefinitely, in 2 to 5 sessions, by creating solutions that wil work?

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

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 38 years. Unlike other therapists, who quote fees per hour but give you only 45 to 50 minutes, my clients get a minimum of two hours per session, which almost always lasts longer at no extra charge. That's because I never schedule appointments back-to-back. You may shed tears during a session, but no one leaves in that state of mind. I allow a session to go as long as necessary to ensure you leave smiling and hopeful. A bonus: no one ever has to wait when they arrive, I am always ready to see you the moment you arrive. These are just a few of the very significant differences between Delray Holistic Therapy and all the rest. These are just a few of the reasons for the extraordinary client loyalty I've proudly earned.
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West Palm Beach, FL 33401

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16 Reviews
  • Loretta J. Feb 7, 2017
    Verified Review
    Don't know if he's still in business
    No response from this therapist from phone and/or electronic communications
    Dr. David R. Feb 7, 2017

    Hi Loretta, Yes, I am still in business. I have been out of the office far more than in lately, because my 96-year-old father has been in the ER then ICU. Anything could happen at any moment, and he's far from in the clear yet. I've had to cancel 7 appointments already. It's difficult enough to cancel appointments from a hospital (no computer, no cell phones in most critical care rooms, etc). At this most scary and difficult of times, I was hardly in a position to send quotes to potential 1st-time clients, because I still don't know exactly when I'll be free to be back in the office. If you thought, after such a short period of time, that I was no longer in business, then you could have called and left a voice message, or visited my website and sent me a secure message from there. I would have found a minute, at least to text you. Or, you could have simply concluded that I was out of business. How does that lead to a 1-star review? I sympathize with your frustration, but I ask that you think for a moment about how 1-star reviews are actually understood by the public. The impression is that you were my client at some point, and were very dissatisfied. We both know that's not the case. The problem with leaving a 1-star review of a professional whom you've never even met is that it will be interpreted as a negative evaluation of my services. If you believe that it's fair to review a therapist of whom you have never been a client, then that's your choice. If I went to a restaurant and found that I couldn't get in because I hadn't made a reservation, I would not leave a negative review of the restaurant on Yelp. If I went on a Sunday and saw they were closed, I would similarly not leave a negative review, because in both cases I would have zero knowledge of the quality of the food, service and atmosphere. Please reconsider and retract your review. I routinely exempt my clients from having to pay for no-shows in cases of medical emergency. It seems only fair that this work both ways. One cannot control or have a prepared plan for handling sudden medical emergencies, because we cannot predict how long they will last or what the outcome will be. I haven't even had a full 8 hours of sleep since I was rushed to the hospital directly from the office by my sister. I was so upset that I forgot to lock the office. Luckily, management was kind enough to lock it for me. Thanks, David

  • Deborah C. Oct 25, 2016
    Verified Review
    Relaxing! I've smoked for fifty years 2=2 1/2 packs a day.I have not smoked or had the urge to smoke in almost 2 months,and have been around smokers.Need i say more. thanks Dr.Renson!!
  • Quang V. Jul 23, 2016
    Marriage and Relationship Counseling
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  • Wendy W. May 3, 2016
    Marriage and Relationship Counseling
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  • William W. Mar 2, 2016
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  • Ron J. Nov 26, 2015
    Everything is great! ****** and I reconciled after a 3 month separation. He is off pain meds, in physical therapy, out of pain, and a new person! Thank you Dr. David!! • R.G., Hollywood, FL
  • Pauline M. Jul 10, 2015
    Verified Review
    A very pleasant and productive experience.
  • Ron J. Nov 6, 2014
    Dr. Ransen is the absolute least compassionate therapist we have ever seen. My husband and I went to discuss a family problem, yet after 1 1/2 hours, we were not even allowed to discuss our problem. Dr. Ransen told me to listen to my husband , that he knows best. He spent time telling us about his background, touting his supposedly extensive education and experience, and stating that if he couldn't help us no therapist in Florida could. We discovered his experience was mostly in research with corporations. We left not having resolved anything, in fact feeling worse. Save your money, because he charged us a surprising ambush of $350.00 for one session.
  • Mark H. May 2, 2014
    Just wanted to touch base with you to say thank you for your help. As you may recall, I came to you with a nasty three and a half packs plus a day cigarette habit. Thats more than SEVENTY cigarettes a day. Your two step process of interview and the actual hypnotherapy session is though, complete and effective. How effective? Well, that's why I'm writing you. Today is my one year anniversary of being cigarette free. Now I'm the worst kind of smoker there is.... An EX SMOKER. I thank you, my wife thanks you and my dogs thank you. Best wishes, Mark P.S. Please feel free to post, and pass this on to anyone who may benefit from your ministrations.
  • Michele F. Mar 14, 2014
    I have had a problem with sweets for my whole life. I was binge eating, sneaking sweets and just having a terrible time. I felt helpless and found Dr. Ransen. I was reluctant but was at the end of my rope so I had hypnotherapy on January 30, 2014 and I have not had a sweet since. It has been almost 3 months now and I have no cravings or desires. I love it!! Dr. Ransen did a wonderful job and I tell everyone I know how great it has worked for me.
  • Phyllis S. Feb 21, 2014
    I've never had an experience like I just did with Dr. Ransen. My husband and I have seen quite a number of marriage therapists over our 43 years together. This one initial session with Dr. Ransen helped us more as a couple, and me as an individual,than months and months of past sessions with other therapists.
  • Brian P. Feb 19, 2014
    Outstanding results! The hypnotherapy was a great experience. I would recommend it to anyone looking for help with hard to kick habit.
  • Yvonne B. Jul 10, 2013
    My husband and I went to see Dr. Ransen after not knowing for years what to do about the issues in our couple. We also were stuck with another psychologist who kept dragging her feet and basically did nothing to help us but take our money gladly year after year. Beware! We saw Dr. Ransen three times! And in these short sessions, he was able to pinpoint our problems, and basically showed us the way to resolve them. We liked his dynamic approach, as well as his honesty. I had yet to see a psychologist who turns off the clock when he is asking some background questions! It was a first! He also saw our daughter ONCE who was suffering from anxiety attacks. She used to wake up terrified that she would experience them during the day. It became so bad that she was afraid to lose her job. I have no clue what happened during the time they spent together but since then, she has gotten rid of these attacks, and when she feels that they are coming, she is able to manage them. It was a lifesaver for her. When I reviewed the comments of other patients Dr. Ransen had on his site, I was hopeful but suspicious as it is my nature. But I felt I had not other choice. And I am glad we did see him. It was a life changing experience. My husband and I since have found a way back to what we never were before. A new us, where harmony, love and care is now part of our daily life. After considering divorce for years, we are now looking forward to a great future together. Was it that simple? Yes!
  • Eric T. Mar 27, 2013
    I had a really amazing experience with Dr. Ransen! I have been chewing tobacco for 14 years and after 1 session with Dr. Ransen my nicotine addiction is completely gone! I am a type A personality that had little faith in hypnotherapy but after a solid 2 hour session I no longer feel the need to chew tobacco. You absolutely have to be willing to quit and the first couple days were tough but I am at week two and completely over my nicotine addiction.
  • Dwayne G. Oct 15, 2012
    I was very hesitant to go to "therapy" and was nearly forced to do so. It was the best decision I have ever made. Dr. Ransen made me feel comfortable and my fiance and I were able to to speak freely and resolve some of our issues. He gave us an experiment to try which basically saved our relationship. We will continue to go see him whenever the need arises.
  • Megan L. Sep 17, 2012
    Dr. Ransen is extremely helpful and treats in a way that gets positive results- fast! I have been through years of therapy in the past and spent thousands of dollars seeking answers and working towards relief. Dr. Ransen works like not other therapist - he seeks solutions to issues rather than dredging up painful memories which keep the pain alive. I am very happy to have his guidance and use the tools which he taught me so I can be happy and healthy daily basis.


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
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 or any other. I also help some desperate homeless families for free, every month.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
None. Every client is unique.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I spend hours every week, reading a dozen professional journals in my field and related fields. I was trained at Cornell as a psychologist in 1979, before I returned to graduate school 25 years later to be trained as a specialist in couples and individuals therapy, so this came very naturally to me. I was then trained and Board Certified in Clinical Hypnotherapy, which is amazingly powerful when used in the right way and for the right reasons. 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 types of therapy 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, to ensure that my skills are sharp and up to date.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Not an unusual story. It all began with just one brilliant and inspiring professor in college in 1969. Once hooked, the rest flowed naturally.
What types of customers have you worked with?
About two-thirds of my clients are couples who know that something has gone amiss in their relationships. I also treat many individuals, either with powerful solution focused therapy or with amazingly effective hypnotherapy. Ready to quit smoking? One hypnotherapy session is enough. I am licensed in Marriage and Family Therapy and I'm Board Certified in Clinical Hypnotherapy. Regardless of method, the goal is always the same -- quick and enduring solutions.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Recently I heard from a 75-year-old client who had just been diagnosed with advanced cancer, and was told that he must take a newly-available drug that would be most likely cure him and make chemotherapy unnecessary. Unfortunately, he had never in his life been able to swallow a pill. The new medicine came in a capsule that had to be swallowed whole, and he couldn't do it, even though his life was at stake. I agreed to see him on a Sunday (a first for me) because time was so very tight. After a single hypnotherapy session he was able to swallow the capsules, which cured his condition and did not require the agony of chemotherapy.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
At least 95 percent of people who visit therapists are not mentally ill, do not need cures, and have no need for drugs. At Delray Holistic Therapy, we understand that mental disorders require "cures" and are very rare seen outside of hospitals. We understand that problems in living are common, and they are not diseases that must be cured. Problems in living affect all of us at one time or another, and they cry out for solutions, not cures. 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.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Ask how long treatment will take, and an estimate of the total charge. Hourly fees are meaningless unless you know approximately how many hours therapy will require. My clients need just 2 to 5 sessions. Sometimes just one. Yes, really. I have no long-term clients, because I often ask clients if they've gotten what they wanted and if it's time to fire me! The sooner you do, the sooner I'll know that I succeeded, because you no longer have any reason to see me or any other counselor.