“I am not what has happened to me. I am what I choose to become." Carl Jung
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Try to take a few moments out right now to evaluate your life. Are you struggling with issues related to depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, addiction, self-esteem, relationship difficulties or major life changes? Have you tried to work on resolving these issues on your own with little or no success? If so, it may be time for you to get some help from a licensed professional to learn how to best overcome and grow from your challenges and move from emotional and mental distress toward peace and joy. As a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Palm Springs, California, I’d love to help you on your journey toward self-discovery, growth and freedom. Take a look at the website. If what you read resonates with you, feel free to contact me with any questions or to book a session.
When most people think of psychologists, they typically think of a professional who evaluates and treats people experiencing emotional or mental challenges and/or life difficulties. They use various approaches to alter patterns of unhealthy thinking and feeling, teach coping mechanisms, and help individuals replace behaviors that may be harmful or maladaptive.
Where do I come in? I use evidence-based therapeutic methods and alternative techniques to help you build self-understanding, insight and valuable knowledge so you can make significant, positive changes in yourself and in your life. Therapy is not a magic pill or a quick fix: therapy is a healing process that requires participation and investment from the patient and therapist alike. And, in the end, making small and larger changes to self-defeating thinking and behavior and processing feelings of sadness, trauma, anger, anxiety, fear, overwhelm, stress and chronic pain can bring you life-altering results.
While the type of therapy used is important, the single most important factor in the success of your therapy is the nature of the therapeutic alliance or the felt bond between you and your therapist. My personal therapeutic style is warm, empathetic and non-judgmental. These are some of the very qualities associated with building a positive alliance. Make sure to work with a therapist you feel "gets you" and "gets it" and who works closely along with you providing support and connection.
Change, as you probably know by now, can be very difficult. There is a reason for this as our evolution yielded our brains which are resistant to change. There are specific ways to overcome this so desired changes are definitely obtainable. You can move towards a life more consistent with your desires and needs and experience happiness, self-confidence, increased energy, motivation and the ultimate opportunity to live the life of your dreams.
Mindfully, here and now, is the time to start fully enjoying your life, stretching for and reaching your goals and designing your legacy. If you're thinking about entering into a therapeutic relationship, ask yourself: "If not now, when?" If you decide that now is the time, get ready for a rewarding journey. If you decide the time for therapy is anytime but now, take a few moments to think about continuing to live your life day after day as it is now. Which journey looks better to you?
A Bit About Therapy
Personalized, Caring Attention for All Your Needs
Dr. Simone Ravicz
Dr. Simone was fortunate to have found her passion for the field of
psychology and for the possibilities of helping others when she was quite young. It certainly helped sustain her persistence and motivation to obtain the extensive
required education, training and experience. Her secret to making it through? She was
fascinated with learning the knowledge and greatly enjoyed the actual practice of working with people.
Expert Care You Can Count On!
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, United States International University 10/96
M.A., Psychology, United States International University 11/94
M.B.A., Marketing, UCLA Graduate School of Management 6/90
B.A., Magna Cum Laude, Psychology, Brown University 5/84
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional 2021
Certified in Brainspotting 2021
She is a bilingual Licensed Clinical Psychologist (English-Spanish) practicing in Palm Springs and surrounding cities in Southern California. She earned her Ph.D. at the culturally diverse United States International University. This almost felt like home to Dr. Simone as it resonated with her background. She was raised by two cultural anthropologists which meant she was able to travel extensively throughout the world and developed an early understanding of the importance of being compassionate and non-judgmental towards people from other cultures and sub-cultures.
Dr. Simone completed her Fellowship at Thalians Mental Health Center, part of the renowned Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, working with a talented multidisciplinary team of medical and mental health professionals assisting individuals experiencing a wide range of mental health conditions.
Her experience is extensive as over the years she has worked with patients of all ages in a wide range of settings, including medical clinics and hospitals, private practice, prison and drug and alcohol treatment and recovery centers. She started her own private practice in Pacific Palisades, CA in 1997. She has lived in the Desert for 16 years where she re-opened her former private practice in Palm Springs, CA.
She is also a motivational and educational speaker presenting on issues including using neuroscience-based tools for personal change, performance enhancement, stress optimization, women and change, mindfulness and addiction and others. Dr. Simone was the host of a successful radio interview show on the I AM Network. She has been interviewed by media, such as NBC, CBS, NPR and WebMD and magazines, such as Self, Woman's World and Prevention.
She has also written three books and contributed to others. Her most recent book became an International Bestseller. It is "Brain Boosters: Seven Ways to Help Your Brain Help Yourself" which presents seven practices involving brain changes (i.e., mindfulness, tapping, cognitive behavioral
therapy, etc.) which can reduce emotional and physical pain, improve mood, boost focus and concentration and enhance well-being.
Her other two books include "High on Stress" and "Thriving with Your Autoimmune Disorder" published by New Harbinger Publications.
How It Works
With You Every Step of the Way
Your desire to make changes in yourself and your life is highly admirable. As a practiced Licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years in the mental health field, including having had two successful private practices (Pacific Palisades and Palm Springs, CA) and working in hospitals, medical clinics and treatment and recovery programs, I feel fortunate to be able to help people move away from their struggles to transform themselves and optimize their lives.
Twenty-eight years ago, I was given several diagnoses to explain my overwhelming pain, brain fog, extreme fatigue and other symptoms. The shock, the denial, the anger, the loss, the sadness, and, of course, the pain...I knew them all too well. My response was to start researching everything, interviewing Western and alternative doctors, speaking to cutting-edge researchers and conversing with philosophers of Buddhism which lead to my writing my books. I incorporated what I had learned into my life practices to sustain a positive, healthy life with far less physical pain and distress. I share this so you may not feel so alone. My experiences mirror my optimism about individuals on a path to healing.
You may be aware of the huge interest in the human brain over the last years. I had been fascinated by neuroscience before the brain craze and my interest hasn't swayed. I ended up writing an international bestseller entitled, "Brain Boosters: Seven Ways to Help Your Brain Help Itself". It describes methods and the notion of neuroplasticity to literally change the function and structure of our brains which can lead to major improvements in our thoughts, feelings and behaviors.
Because of the success I've had using neuroscience-based tools with clients and because there is supportive relevant research, I often use a neuroscientific perspective in my work. My clients have typically learned a bit about the brain and have been pleased with how they can better understand and make effective changes in themselves and in their lives.
People dealing with emotional pain and distress share some similar experiences in their suffering. However, each person and his or her experiences are unique. This means I tailor psychotherapy for each person I see. Having good, strong knowledge of and experience working with a range of approaches and tools helps me accomplish this goal. Here are some brief descriptions of some of the techniques I use:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Based on the notion that one's thoughts determine one's emotions and behavior. Teaching a client to monitor and eliminate their "stinking thinking" (irrational, exaggerated) and to replace it with more rational thinking can lead to improved mood, decreased anxiety, less stress, better decision-making and healthier behaviors.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): a powerful, evidence-based approach to therapy that has been proven effective for relieving symptoms of trauma as well as other mental health issues. Using bilateral stimulation (visual, tactile or auditory stimuli presented to left and right sides of eyes, hands or ears). EMDR rapidly integrates and reprocesses information through activating neural networks in both the left and right hemispheres of the brain. Through this process, painful stuck memories are unlocked, allowing the brain's information processing system to naturally heal emotional wounds and return to a state of equilibrium. This means that while you will still likely have the previously disturbing or traumatic memories, they will no longer be charged and should no longer cause significant distress. I am Certified in Brainspotting which is a technique used for processing trauma as well.
Mindfulness: Jon Kabat-Zinn, one of the leaders in the world of mindfulness, defines it this way: "Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally." (From Wherever You Go, There You Are –Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life, page 4, Hyperion, 2005). Being aware and accepting, in the here and now, of what is going on with you in terms of thoughts, images or pictures, emotions and physical sensations is incredibly liberating and empowering. For example, mindfulness practice has been found to increase brain gray matter, improve focus and calm, boost mood, ease access to unconscious memories and beliefs, lead to better emotion regulation and distress tolerance, assist with cravings for drugs and alcohol and introduce many other positive results.
I also use techniques and methods from psychodynamic psychotherapy, Internal Family Systems, Emotional Freedom Technique (Tapping), Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Somatic Awareness.
With the mounting knowledge about the interactions among brain, mind, body and spirit, I use an integrative approach. This means that each dimension is involved in making deep, lasting changes in beliefs, emotions, perceptions and behaviors.
Private Therapy Services: Get Ready for Your Best "You"
There are many considerations when you think about starting therapy. Issues such as the time, cost, anxiety about therapy and opening up a Pandora's box, security of personal information, effectiveness of treatment and others can be explored. I take these aspects very seriously and my therapy is based on increasing effectiveness, decreasing risk, keeping you and your personal information safe and supporting you on your journey.
Some mental health issues include*: Anxiety
*This is a partial list. If you're dealing with other issues, please feel free to
contact me to see whether we're a good fit.
There are certain elements which should be included in therapy as just "good therapy". However, as I mentioned, I also tailor therapy for each client and his or her particular situation and needs. Working one-on-one with somebody truly allows me to get to know the client, their past, their pain, strengths to nurture, wins and losses in life, skills to develop and goals for therapy.
As you can see in the "How It Works" section, I'm trained and experienced in the approaches listed. I also pull in other tools and techniques that help my clients achieve what they want from therapy and from life. We may use problem-solving regarding current issues and work to resolve current problems. Traumas and painful memories will be processed so the negative emotional charge is greatly reduced or eliminated so you will no longer have the emotional pain and can move forward freely. We will work to greatly eliminate negative thinking and focus on methods to develop new, more positive neural pathways which affect thoughts, feelings and behaviors. We will strive to develop new habits and behaviors which can greatly improve mental and physical well-being and enhance joy and fulfillment. I'm certain you'll find our journey together rewarding and inspirational.
Help For Two
Couples come to therapy for a number of reasons. Arguments are symptoms of communication difficulties and relationship distress. The topics for arguments are many: free time (and where to go and what to do), money, intimacy, sharing chores, intimacy, extended family obligations and issues, children, career, sleeping habits, past relationships, and the classic - leaving the toilet seat up. There are also a host of other negative symptoms besides arguing that some of you can probably recall from personal experiences. In some cases, couples are dealing with large-scale issues, such as infidelity, divorce or chronic illness/pain.
Couples counseling can be tricky as we aren't just dealing with the obvious areas of disagreement. We're also working with patterns of thinking and behaving coming from each person's childhood. If a partner tends to feel sensitive to rejection due to frequently experiencing this as a child, he or she may well interpret something the partner did as rejecting when it was not. Attachment experiences with parents and others can be explored because they can strongly influence one's ability to function well andmaintain friendships and relationships down the line.
We'll explore communication as it is a major contributor to and perpetuator of partner disagreements, hurt and anger. You can learn what is really going on during your arguments, how to self-soothe and how to turn these situations around.
Individual characteristics, both experientially and biologically-based, are examined to see how these partner qualities interact, how they contribute to the health, both good and bad, of a relationship, and what shifts in thought and deeds could lead to the development of a
Sharing information and resources with my clients is an important part of the therapy process. I am excited to share some of this information here with you virtually. Feel free to take a look at some of my most popular articles to learn more about mental health issues and treatments.
Dr. Simone Ravicz
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I love helping my patients develop the tools they need to more easily anticipate obstacles, skillfully modify unhealthy and unhelpful thinking and bad habits, cope with and gain from life's challenges and "failures", integrate mindfulness into life and relationships and relish life's pleasures. Please contact me if you would like more information or if you have any questions.
565 S. La Mirada Rd
Palm Springs, Riverside County 92264