What Is a CouchIssue?

Well, a bit of history first:
 
My mother told me that my grandmother would have to either lie down on the floor or the couch before she could hear any type of news.  It helped her somehow, go figure.  She just had to lie down.
 
So, when I came home from school, my mother would be running around the house getting things done.  Breezing by in a blur,
she would say, "How did it go?"

 
I put my school bag on a chair and sat down in the living room.  I talked towards the kitchen, "So, my teacher was telling us..." 
 
"HOLD ON!" My mom would yell.  "Let me lie down first!"

Then, lying down on the couch with her head resting on one of the pillows, she put her right arm over her forehead.  All set. 
She cued me with, "Okay, I'm ready."

 
So, anytime I wanted to talk, her first question was always:

"Is it a Couch Issue??"

CouchIssues™

Master your CouchIssues

I am a Columbia University-trained mental health professional (see About).  I have been interviewed several times and featured in Authority, Medium and Thrive Global.  I have also been interviewed on the PsychCentral Podcast and created several webinars on various topics for PsychCentral and World of Psychology. 

Using my 25+ years as a Clinician working with abused children as well as the severely mentally ill, I create personally-designed programs for you and the "CouchIssues™ that need to be addressed.  I carefully compress the time needed to handle.  This includes email support, Zoom sessions, custom summaries and more  to allow you to gain insight as well as develop the skill sets to handle the issues so that they don't handle you.  As I tell my clients -

 

"Keep your strengths close but your weaknesses closer." ~nkg

"Turn your weaknesses into strong, bright light." ~nkg

 

As a human being, I have traveled the depths of sadness and followed the path of hopelessness allowing personal demons to lead the way.  Then, I needed to recover.  That's what it is, really.  Recovering.  Recalculating if you will.  You examine where in the LOST you are and make a new path... or stay stuck.

 

So, I made the behavior and reactions of human beings my profession. I employ techniques from my experience as well as from short-term InterPersonal Therapy (IPT) to home in on the issues that are interrupting your ability to enjoy life fully and move toward your goals.  You can read the the 4min article at:  https://www.wellandgood.com/interpersonal-therapy/

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I also use Tarot - not so much as a divination tool - but as a way to elicit metaphors and give voice to what may be difficult to describe.

 

"Using Tarot in Psychotherapy" by Jessica Dore on September 2, 2017 - PsychCentral. Medically reviewed by Scientific Advisory Board:

"We all have blind spots. And sometimes, despite our best efforts, we simply do not and cannot see the full spectrum of possibilities available to us in any given situation and this goes for the work we do with clients as well. Because tarot cards function solely through random selection and synchronicity, they have the potential to touch on our blind spots in a way that few other tools can. Even without interpretation on the part of the clinician, a single image (or a pair or cluster) can provide a client with a brand new way of seeing a situation."

You can read the rest of the 4min article at:  https://psychcentral.com/pro/using-tarot-in-psychotherapy#1

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