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Psychotherapy is sometimes called "talk therapy" because it focuses on conversation between the therapist and the client. There are various forms of psychotherapy, depending on the focus of treatment. Dr. Hughes uses an eclectic approach, which means she is trained in a variety of techniques and chooses the one that seems the most appropriate at a particular time. At all times, the client is expected to be part of the decision-making process.

In addition to discussion of problems, thoughts, feelings, and beliefs, some of the techniques Dr. Hughes uses include:

EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

This is a form of psychotherapy which uses eye movements in conjunction with a prescribed protocol for treatment of trauma.  For further information, please visit www.emdr.com.


Hypnosis is a technique that utilizes a state of inner absorption to assist in the resolution of many therapeutic issues.  Please visit www.asch.net.

Inner Child Work

Various techniques are used to focus on childhood issues in order to heal the inner child who was wounded in the past.      

EFT – Emotional Freedom Technique

"EFT is a unique acupressure treatment used for psychological conflict and physical discomfort. EFT was developed by Gary Craig, a Stanford engineer and personal performance coach. He has dedicated his life and work to teaching people how to become free of emotional blocks to inner peace and personal success. EFT is an energy psychology technique based on principles of Chinese acupuncture. EFT is an extension of Einstein’s discovery, that all matter, including the human body is composed of energy. If we view the human body as an energy configuration rather than separate organs or parts or chemicals, we can understand why and how EFT works. In EFT we stimulate certain meridian/energy points on your body while you tune into your particular issue. When you clear the disruption in the energy field, you access physical freedom, neutralize or eradicate negative emotions and gain emotional freedom" (from Ruth Stern, MA, LMHC – used with permission).

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