[Episode 38 of the Intentional Clinician Podcast]
In this episode, Paul Krauss MA LPC interviews Dr. Foojan Zeine. Dr. Zeine is an exceptionally accomplished psychotherapist, life coach, speaker, author, and radio/television/podcast host. In this podcast with Paul Krauss, she describes her therapy model called the “Awareness Integration Model.” This model focuses more on making future-oriented solutions rather than trying to repair problems from the past.
Research done with this model has shown significant decreases in depression and anxiety. This is important since depression and anxiety are plaguing college campuses. The good news about this program is there are multiple versions, a more intense one that is done with a therapist, and also one that can be completed on your own via a workbook. Suicide, unfortunately, is one of the top causes of death among young adults, so finding treatments that work is essential to the mental health community.
Dr. Foojan Zeine also discusses her time in psychodynamic therapy. It has shaped some of her own practice by helping her realize how each individual’s perception of past events has an impact on the way they cope in the present. Some of these coping styles are not healthy in the long run, so challenging core beliefs and reintegrating emotions into individuals’ schemas. Dr. Foojan Zeine highlights taking ownership of our emotions and beliefs in a way that is not diminishing of events that were traumatic to individuals yet can be reinterpreted through our own self-reflection.
The model proposed by Dr. Foojan Zeine would be beneficial to schools and other educational systems. Prevention is key in the area of mental health, so being proactive in educating our society about emotional and mental health could decrease the amount of depression, anxiety, and suicide we currently see.
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Paul Krauss MA LPC is the Clinical Director of Health for Life Counseling Grand Rapids, home of The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids. Paul is also a Private Practice Psychotherapist, EMDRIA Consultant in Training (CIT), host of the Intentional Clinician podcast, Behavioral Health Consultant, Clinical Trainer, and Counseling Supervisor. Paul is now offering consulting for a few individuals and organizations. Paul is the creator of the National Violence Prevention Hotline (in progress) as well as the Intentional Clinician Training Program for Counselors. Questions? Call the office at 616-200-4433.
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