Julia Carroll - Reiki Touch ® - NU-REIKI TM  - Author - ChildARTherapy TM  - Psychology

Behavioral Science/Psychology

UHCL Dean Howard Eisner & Julia
Discussion of providing positive therapy for maltreated children
Julia Carroll teaching

Julia's master's degree is in behavioral science and she has been teaching university level classes for over ten years. Julia emphasizes the "positivism psychology" approach to all her classes. Behavioral modification is simple when practiced and the ability to choose positive thoughts, feelings and behaviors is empowering for the student and others. Julia's classes involve managing one's life in a positive and productive manner by learning time management, anger management, mediation, nutrition, exercise, meditation and more. Students from years past come to Julia and give excited examples of how the positive principles have empowered them. Some exercises are as follows:

  • 4-Count Breathing: Inhale and mentally count to three; hold the inhalation for another mental count of three; exhale as you mentally count to three; hold the exhalation as you again mentally count to three. Repeat this process three times. The count of three represents the body, mind and spirit.
  • Create affirmations containing all positive words. Address the subjects that bother you the most. Repeat the affirmations three times every morning and every evening. Example (if you are afraid of flying): "I enjoy flying. I feel safe when I fly."
  •  Avoid all caffeine, sugar, carbonated drinks. Eat heavy meals in the morning and lighter meals at night. Drink organic milk to avoid hormone additives. Eat organically whenever possible.
  • Simple walking reduces stress, promotes blood circulation and aids in restorative sleep.
  • Meditation, sitting quietly for 15-30 minutes a day will be calming to the body, mind and spirit. Meditation has been clinically documented to reduce anxiety and stress.
  • Smile and endorphins will increase, sending a message to your brain that you are happy  (whether you are or not).

Psychotherapy Guidelines

  • Know as much as possible about yourself and why you want/need therapy.
  • If therapy was suggested or required by your medical doctor, keep all paperwork for the therapist's records. This includes any past or current medications, plus over the counter medicines and vitamins. A general list of food patterns are helpful.
  • Ask the method of payment: cash, credit card, personal check, insurance.
  • Ask if total confidentiality is ensured.
  • Be familiar with, and ask about the HIPAA law - the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act.
  • Ask if your therapist is available for, and has experience in, court of law appearances.
  • Check credentials, diplomas, certificates, experience. Get references.
  • Know the psychotherapist only in that role. Most license laws prohibit dual relationships.
  • Psychotherapist should be qualified in more than one area of expertise so as to recognize and address other possible/potential situations.
  • Have a set agreement for number of sessions. Many agreements are set for weekly sessions for three months. This allows enough time to address the situation(s) from several approaches and provides an outlet if you choose to not continue.
  • There are "Solution Focused" therapists who have a 4-appointment system for specific (usually emergency) situations.
  • Be totally, completely honest. The psychotherapist cannot read your mind, work with mixed messages, hidden agendas or omission of data.
  • Office environment should be quiet, clean, have fresh flowers and/or plants and appropriate wall art.
  • Except for emergencies, therapists are not generally available - late night calls - double appointments, etc. The therapist should have an Informed Consent form which sets out all that they will/will not allow.
  • Honor appointment times and expect your therapist to also be timely. If necessary, correct this on both sides immediately. Most therapists have a 45 or 50 minute "hour". This allows time to schedule future appointments and for notes to be recorded.

Julia Carroll teaching
Julia Carroll teaching
Julia Carroll teaching