How I Work

Kathleen Rapp's Comfortable Solana Beach, CA officeBecause I am a big believer in the complexity of humans, I work hard to understand you as an individual. While we are all similar in many aspects, we are also quite different. I see it as my job to get to know you quickly and hone in on your strengths and areas of weakness with the goal of making a plan for your desired changes.

A Holistic Approach

Working holistically, I will help you look at yourself on many levels–emotionally, physically, psychologically and spiritually. With my clients I often use the analogy of a mobile–the kind that you would hang from the ceiling. One of the items in the mobile represents you and the rest of the mobile represents the world in which you live your life. You interact with and are impacted by the actions of the other parts of the mobile. Likewise if you make changes in yourself (or an item in the mobile) it causes changes in the world around you. It is essential to look at the whole situation and the repercussions any change may cause. This orientation is based on Family Systems Theory which I have found to be extremely effective in working with clients.

A Blend of the Best Techniques

During my 30 years of working with clients, I have studied many different healing modalities. I weave what I have found to be the most effective elements of these different therapies into my practice today. This is the basis from which I tailor my approach for each of my clients.In terms of my therapeutic orientation I work eclectically, drawing from several theoretical orientations, which is common with seasoned experienced therapists. In addition to cognitive behavioral therapy and family systems therapy, I use insight-oriented therapy and bibliotherapy in my work.

Some of the techniques that may be helpful for you are EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), HeartMath, visualization, relaxation techniques, mindfulness, and meditation. More information can be found on these techniques by looking at the Resources Section of this site.

handEnergy Psychology

There has been much focus on new forms of therapy in recent years. More than ever before, people are seeking out alternative forms of treatment that will work the best for them in the most efficient way possible. Many of these therapies are based on energy patterns in the body. I have explored and studied a number of these alternative approaches and found two of them which are particularly effective.

EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization Reprogramming

Whether or not you are feeling stuck, we are all influenced by our pasts which includes both memories and experiences that we recall and some that we may not remember. These earlier experiences impact our present and what we do and don’t do with our lives. I have found that EMDR is extremely helpful in treating issues from our pasts. I am trained and certified in EMDR, which is an acronym for “Eye Movement, Desensitization and Reprocessing.” This method of treating old issues and wounds has been found effective even with survivors of severe post-traumatic stress disorder. Learn more about EMDR…

EFT – Emotional Freedom Technique

What if there were an easy-to-learn  method you could use on your own to relieve strong emotions when they come up?  EFT is just that tool.  Using a a simple body-mind based technique, EFT diffuses strong emotions when they occur.  It can be a wonderful adjunct to psychotherapy. I teach EFT to my interested clients and can guide you on how to use it as part of your healing regimen.

Even if you have had therapy before, you may benefit from my holistic approach and the new modalities that I use in my work. Please call me at 858.793.4580 or contact me using the form below to discuss how I can help you.