Psychotherapy

Individual Therapy


Individual therapy involves meeting on a one-on-one basis with a therapist. 
Your therapist helps reduce feelings of personal discomfort, internal conflicts, negative thinking, beliefs and feelings, and uncomfortable sensations in the body – even physical pain.  Individual therapy --counseling-- is a highly effective approach that has been proven to be successful in helping people find solutions for a wide diversity of life concerns, problems, and issues.  

Individual Therapy may be used to resolve barriers interfering with positive qualities, such as joy, compassion, peace, self-esteem, spiritual connection, and love. This form of counseling is a common and useful means of self-growth and self-actualization.

With individual therapy, you can learn to recognize and replace the old negative patterns of thoughts and behaviors with new, healthier alternatives in daily life. Individual therapy is a highly effective approach and has been proven to be successful in treating a wide variety of emotional problems and issues, such as –
•    Abandonment Issues
•    Depression
•    Anxiety/stress
•    Panic attacks
•    Anger
•    Issues related to physical and/or emotional trauma
•    Relationship issues
•    Phobias
•    Chronic worry
•    Obsessions
•    Compulsions
•    Addictions (alcohol, drugs, sex, etc.)
•    Social anxiety
•    Sexual problems and issues
•    Low self-esteem

Individual therapy is usually focused on both the presenting problem and deeper chronic problem issues.  Desired results are most often achieved in approximately 10-20 sessions.  Most people often enjoy rapid and enduring change and relief from their symptoms and problems. I work in partnership with you to address your therapeutic needs and goals.

Marriage and Couple's Therapy

 
Couples therapy involves meeting with a therapist as a couple who are in a committed relationship.  

In a marriage, effective communication is the number one ingredient that keeps couples together. Effective communication is essential in resolving conflicts common in every marriage. Love is also fundamental. However, without communication it is difficult to keep the love-feelings alive in the midst of ongoing difficulty and strife. Eventually, something has to give, and too often it is the commitment to one another.

Most often, couples come to therapy as a "last ditch" effort. Counseling is often put off until separation and threats of divorce are daily occurrences. The couple has often reached a point where neither one can "take it" anymore. The reluctance to seek help outside the marriage is understandable, but too often fuels the fire of emotional distress by prolonging negative moods and behaviors.

The good news is that when a couple is motivated to stay together, therapy can still be effective in repairing the damage that might have already occurred. Recognition of the communication challenges often faced in marriage have encouraged newly formed couples -even before marriage- to enter couples therapy to promote effective communication and correct the problem issues that may be developing and might eventually get in the way of their commitment to their relationship.

Group Therapy

Group Therapy – Individual members or multi-couple members
Group Therapy is psychotherapy in a small group of individuals (6-12 members). The group meets, with a trained group therapist, for the purpose of personal growth and healing. Members agree to maintain confidentiality -- to not discuss any group content outside the group. During sessions, members decide what they want to talk about, and while openness is encouraged, no one is forced to reveal information, which they choose to keep private.  Group therapy may eventually become an extension of individual or couples therapy.  Participants are selected after successfully participating in individual or couples therapy. 

Through interacting with others in the group, members learn and understand more about themselves and their effect on others outside the group through the feedback they receive from their fellow group members. People in the group provide emotional support and friendly connections for one another. In this environment where trust and safety are built, members can express their thoughts and feelings more freely than they may be able to do outside the group. The therapist helps in keeping the group on track and promotes an environment appropriate for sharing, feedback and support. Group therapy is similar to support groups with regard to alleviation of symptoms, enhancing coping, offering alternatives and providing comfort. Change is also emphasized especially in the area of interpersonal relating. Support groups and group therapy are both led by a trained therapist, whereas in self-help groups, a professional may not always be present.

Dr. Jim Wayland

Dr. Jim Wayland has been in private practice over 30 years.  His focus is with adults and adult issues.  Jim’s approach to psychotherapy has been nationally recognized for offering positive, can-do results to people who have been struggling with significant life-difficulties, trauma, and emotional discouragement.

Jim uses psychodynamic and behavioral psychology methods to provide effective, efficient lasting results.  He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, a Fellow in the Association of Scientific Hypnotherapy, and is certified in Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).  Jim uses his education and his experience in helping people suffering from personal crisis, emotional and physical trauma, addiction, stress-related illness, and chronic pain.

Dr. Wayland’s research background has been in Neuropsychology and the Psychophysiology of Hypnosis. He is also experienced in college teaching, public speaking, mentoring and coaching.  He is known nationally and internationally for his work with addictions – alcohol, drugs and sexual addictions.  Jim is a member of the Texas Medical Association’s Speakers Bureau.  He is noted for having a unique ability to connect with others using skills of insight, experience, and finding the truths which circumstances have often hidden.

 

Neuropsychological Testing

Dr. Wayland is trained to administer the following neuropsychological tests:

MIST (Memory For Intentions Test)
Neuropsychological Predictive Memory Testing

Mini-Mental Status Exam – II and IIe

SASSI-3

Dementia Rating Scale

Clock Drawing Test

Trail Making Tests A and B

Stroop Neurological Screening Test

Visual Form Discrimination

Boston Naming Test

 

 

Dr. Jim Wayland

Dr. Jim Wayland has been in private practice over 30 years.  His focus is with adults and adult issues.  Jim’s approach to psychotherapy has been nationally recognized for offering positive, can-do results to people who have been struggling with significant life-difficulties, trauma, and emotional discouragement.

Jim uses psychodynamic and behavioral psychology methods to provide effective, efficient lasting results.  He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, a Fellow in the Association of Scientific Hypnotherapy, and is certified in Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).  Jim uses his education and his experience in helping people suffering from personal crisis, emotional and physical trauma, addiction, stress-related illness, and chronic pain.

Dr. Wayland’s research background has been in Neuropsychology and the Psychophysiology of Hypnosis. He is also experienced in college teaching, public speaking, mentoring and coaching.  He is known nationally and internationally for his work with addictions – alcohol, drugs and sexual addictions.  Jim is a member of the Texas Medical Association’s Speakers Bureau.  He is noted for having a unique ability to connect with others using skills of insight, experience, and finding the truths which circumstances have often hidden.

 

Biofeedback

Biofeedback is a recognized medical modality for changing or modifying physical responses and behaviors. Biofeedback is learning an activity where your mind controls the actions or your body - playing golf, riding a bicycle, or playing the piano. As with watching your golf swing on video, you will watch the responses of your body on a computer and learn to make adjustments so your health improves.

If you have ever made a decision for yourself by looking into a mirror, weighing on a bathroom scale, or taking your body temperature with a thermometer, you have practiced biofeedback. Biofeedback therapy uses tools that are designed to give you changing information instantaneously, so that you can watch your body changing in positive ways and see your progress toward better health.

Biofeedback is one part of a comprehensive plan of ongoing monitoring and treatment by your professional health care team. It is not a replacement for physical therapy, medical, dental, or psychological care. Your doctor will be regularly updated so that your progress is monitored because improvements may indicate changes in other treatments, medications, etc. 

Research has shown Biofeedback to be an excellent treatment alternative for stress-related disorders.

•    Muscle Contracture and Vascular Headaches
•    Muscular Pain
•    Muscular Tension: Back & Neck Pain
•    Digestive Problems
•    Cardiovascular System Issues: Hypertension & Tachycardia
•    Joint Pain
•    Stress Management

 

Dr. Jim Wayland

Dr. Jim Wayland has been in private practice over 30 years.  His focus is with adults and adult issues.  Jim’s approach to psychotherapy has been nationally recognized for offering positive, can-do results to people who have been struggling with significant life-difficulties, trauma, and emotional discouragement.

Jim uses psychodynamic and behavioral psychology methods to provide effective, efficient lasting results.  He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, a Fellow in the Association of Scientific Hypnotherapy, and is certified in Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).  Jim uses his education and his experience in helping people suffering from personal crisis, emotional and physical trauma, addiction, stress-related illness, and chronic pain.

Dr. Wayland’s research background has been in Neuropsychology and the Psychophysiology of Hypnosis. He is also experienced in college teaching, public speaking, mentoring and coaching.  He is known nationally and internationally for his work with addictions – alcohol, drugs and sexual addictions.  Jim is a member of the Texas Medical Association’s Speakers Bureau.  He is noted for having a unique ability to connect with others using skills of insight, experience, and finding the truths which circumstances have often hidden.

 

Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Treatment

waterfall.png

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), is a powerful psychotherapeutic treatment method which has been very successful in helping people who suffer from trauma, anxiety, panic, disturbing memories, post traumatic stress and many other emotional problems. Until recently, these conditions were difficult and time-consuming to treat. EMDR is dramatic change from talk therapy because of its simplicity and it can bring quick and lasting results for most types of emotional distress.
Ongoing research is indicating EMDR is the most effective and rapid method for healing PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) as shown by extensive scientific research studies.

EMDR has helped those who have:

•    Survived Life Trauma
•    Severe Physical Abuse
•    Sexual Abuse
•    Domestic Violence
•    Combat Trauma
•    Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
•    Depression
•    Anxiety
•    Stress Management
•    Adjustment to Chronic Medical Problems and Medications
•    Addictions (sex, alcohol, drug, gambling, etc.)
•    Phobias
•    Chronic Pain Management
•    Fibromyalgia

More information may be found at www.emdr.com

Dr. Jim Wayland

Dr. Jim Wayland has been in private practice over 30 years.  His focus is with adults and adult issues.  Jim’s approach to psychotherapy has been nationally recognized for offering positive, can-do results to people who have been struggling with significant life-difficulties, trauma, and emotional discouragement.

Jim uses psychodynamic and behavioral psychology methods to provide effective, efficient lasting results.  He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, a Fellow in the Association of Scientific Hypnotherapy, and is certified in Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).  Jim uses his education and his experience in helping people suffering from personal crisis, emotional and physical trauma, addiction, stress-related illness, and chronic pain.

Dr. Wayland’s research background has been in Neuropsychology and the Psychophysiology of Hypnosis. He is also experienced in college teaching, public speaking, mentoring and coaching.  He is known nationally and internationally for his work with addictions – alcohol, drugs and sexual addictions.  Jim is a member of the Texas Medical Association’s Speakers Bureau.  He is noted for having a unique ability to connect with others using skills of insight, experience, and finding the truths which circumstances have often hidden.

 

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Treatment

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD ) is an anxiety disorder that some people develop after seeing or living through an event perceived as dangerous; from life threatening to loss of livelihood or marriage.  When in danger, it’s natural to feel afraid. This fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to prepare to defend against the danger or to avoid it. This “fight-or-flight” response is a healthy reaction meant to protect a person from harm. But, in PTSD, this reaction is changed or damaged.  Often there are a number of high stress-related occurrences happening at one time.  The fear may be compounded by feelings of being trapped, helpless, hopeless, and wanting to help others without the ability. People who have PTSD almost always feel stressed or frightened even when they’re no longer in danger.

PTSD can cause many symptoms. These symptoms can be grouped into three categories:

1. Re-experiencing symptoms: 

Re-experiencing symptoms may cause problems in a person’s everyday routine. They can start from the person’s own thoughts and feelings. Words, objects, or situations that are reminders of the event can also trigger re-experiencing.

  • Flashbacks—reliving the trauma over and over, including physical symptoms like a racing heart or sweating
  • Bad dreams
  • Frightening thoughts.

2. Avoidance symptoms: 

  • Staying away from places, events, or objects that are reminders of the experience
  • Feeling emotionally numb
  • Feeling strong guilt, depression, or worry
  • Losing interest in activities that were enjoyable in the past
  • Having trouble remembering the dangerous event.
  • Things that remind a person of the traumatic event can trigger avoidance    symptoms. These symptoms may cause a person to change his or her    personal routine. For example, after a bad car accident, a person who usually drives may avoid driving or riding in a car.

3. Hyperarousal symptoms: 

Hyperarousal symptoms are usually constant, instead of being triggered by things that remind one of the traumatic event. They can make the person feel stressed and angry. These symptoms may make it hard to do daily tasks, such as sleeping, eating, or concentrating.

  • Being easily startled
  • Feeling tense or “on edge”
  • Having difficulty sleeping, and/or having angry outbursts.

It’s natural to have some of these symptoms after a dangerous event. Sometimes people have very serious symptoms that go away after a few weeks. This is called acute stress disorder, or ASD. When the symptoms last more than a few weeks and become an ongoing problem, they might be PTSD. Some people with PTSD don’t show any symptoms for weeks or months.

4 Types of Treatment

The four most common treatments for PTSD include psychodynamic, cognitive-behavior therapy, pharmacotherapy, and group therapy. And, there is Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). 

3 Phases of Therapy

Therapy can be divided into three phases:
Establishing trust, safety, and "earning a right to gain access" to carefully guarded traumatic material.
Trauma-focused therapy, exploring traumatic material in depth, reducing intrusive recollections with avoidant/numbing symptoms.
Helping the patient disconnect from the trauma and reconnect with family, friends, and society.

Therapeutic Methods

Therapeutic methods might include Psychodynamic Therapy (talk therapy), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (designed to manage anxiety), Pharmacotherapy (medications to reduce anxiety symptoms while allowing individual and group therapies to work), Group Therapy (mutual support from others with the same experiences), and Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) for developing more appropriate understanding of the trauma to help in managing the trauma.

 

 

Dr. Jim Wayland

Dr. Jim Wayland has been in private practice over 30 years.  His focus is with adults and adult issues.  Jim’s approach to psychotherapy has been nationally recognized for offering positive, can-do results to people who have been struggling with significant life-difficulties, trauma, and emotional discouragement.

Jim uses psychodynamic and behavioral psychology methods to provide effective, efficient lasting results.  He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, a Fellow in the Association of Scientific Hypnotherapy, and is certified in Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).  Jim uses his education and his experience in helping people suffering from personal crisis, emotional and physical trauma, addiction, stress-related illness, and chronic pain.

Dr. Wayland’s research background has been in Neuropsychology and the Psychophysiology of Hypnosis. He is also experienced in college teaching, public speaking, mentoring and coaching.  He is known nationally and internationally for his work with addictions – alcohol, drugs and sexual addictions.  Jim is a member of the Texas Medical Association’s Speakers Bureau.  He is noted for having a unique ability to connect with others using skills of insight, experience, and finding the truths which circumstances have often hidden.

 

Addiction Treatment

Dr. Wayland is trained to treat sexual, drug and alcohol addiction.

Sexual Compulsivity/Addiction:

   Compulsive sexual disorders

   Cyberporn

   Phone sex

   Chat rooms

   Personal ads

   Anonymous sex

   Compulsive masturbation

   Unsafe or unprotected sex activities

   Illegal sex activities

   Prostitution or escorts

   Intervention

   Treatment options

Drug Addiction:

   Drug abuse

   Drug dependency

   Intervention

   Treatment options

Alcohol Addiction:

   Alcohol abuse

   Alcohol dependency

   Intervention

   Treatment options

 

Chronic Pain Treatment

A multidisciplinary treatment approach is the most effective way to address the complex problem of chronic pain. Multidisciplinary treatment teams are generally composed of 2 or more treatment disciplines (e.g., psychology, anesthesiology, neurology, or physical therapy), each with expertise in the assessment and treatment of chronic pain. Team members work together to provide the best treatment program for a patient’s pain.

 
Psychological Approaches to Pain Management:


Psychological factors -- mood, beliefs about pain and coping style-- are important in an individual’s adjustment to chronic pain. Over time, chronic pain creates increased, and debilitating, pain. For example, when pain persists over time, a person may avoid doing regular activities for fear of further injury or increased pain. This can include work, family events, social activities, or hobbies. As the individual withdraws and becomes less active, their muscles may become weaker, they may begin to gain or lose weight, and their overall physical conditioning may decline. This can contribute to the belief that one is disabled. As pain continues, the person may develop hopelessness, e.g., "this is never going to get better," or negative thoughts about themselves, e.g., "I’m worthless to my family because I can’t work." This type of thinking can lead a person increasing levels of depression and anxiety. These moods can maintain and increase the pain cycle and the level of experienced pain.

 

The fact that psychological factors can have an impact on the experience of pain does not mean that the pain is "in the person's head" or not real. Most people who report pain are really experiencing it, even if a physical cause cannot be identified.

Dr. Wayland is a survivor of a disabling, chronic pain injury.  He understands the pain cycle and offers both understanding and appropriate optimism with those people working to become pain managed.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been found to be highly effective in helping patients to reduce pain, disability and distress. CBT for chronic pain management involves modifying negative thoughts related to pain -- this pain is going to kill me, I’m worthless because of the pain, I can’t cope with this pain -- and on finding and increasing a person’s activity level and productive functioning. This approach for pain management promotes positive changes in thinking and behavior. Treatment can be delivered individually or in a group setting.
CBT for pain management is tailored to the individual needs of the patient but may include:

•    Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
•    Biofeedback
•    Hypnosis
•    Relaxation Training
•    Stress and Anger Management
•    Activity Pacing
•    Psychotherapy for insight and development of coping skills (Cognitive Restructuring)

As part of a multidisciplinary pain treatment team, CBT may incorporate exercise goals set by the physical therapist, or may include recommendations made by the anesthesiologist for taking pain medications at prescribed time intervals.


Dr. Jim Wayland

Dr. Jim Wayland has been in private practice over 30 years.  His focus is with adults and adult issues.  Jim’s approach to psychotherapy has been nationally recognized for offering positive, can-do results to people who have been struggling with significant life-difficulties, trauma, and emotional discouragement.

Jim uses psychodynamic and behavioral psychology methods to provide effective, efficient lasting results.  He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, a Fellow in the Association of Scientific Hypnotherapy, and is certified in Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).  Jim uses his education and his experience in helping people suffering from personal crisis, emotional and physical trauma, addiction, stress-related illness, and chronic pain.

Dr. Wayland’s research background has been in Neuropsychology and the Psychophysiology of Hypnosis. He is also experienced in college teaching, public speaking, mentoring and coaching.  He is known nationally and internationally for his work with addictions – alcohol, drugs and sexual addictions.  Jim is a member of the Texas Medical Association’s Speakers Bureau.  He is noted for having a unique ability to connect with others using skills of insight, experience, and finding the truths which circumstances have often hidden.