Dr. Lara Larson
1126 12th Ave. Suite 202
Honolulu, HI  96816
Dr. Lara Larson

Psychotherapy Services

 I believe the past plays an important role in shaping who we are and how we relate in the world. However, past traumas, abuse and hardships need not define who we are nor dictate our future. I have experience assisting clients to work through the past in order to claim a well-deserved, brighter future. Though I feel it is valuable to understand and address the past, my emphasis is on the present moment and helping clients' address current challenges.

Many clients seek therapy because they are struggling with low self-esteem, feeling trapped in a "bad" relationship, or continue to repeat patterns that no longer serve them. Many are experiencing severe anxiety, depression, are going through a major life transition, or are overwhelmed with the demands of life. I have worked with clients to address all of these challenges, and many more! At times, alternative treatments for stress, insomnia, among numerous other issues, may be beneficial. I am able to provide suggestions regarding complementary and alternative treatments to use in conjunction with psychotherapy. Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is a rapidly growing segment of healthcare that is finally gaining credibility. 

My approach to psychotherapy is practical and straightforward, yet compassionate. I utilize techniques from Cognitive-Behavioral, Solution-Focused, Gestalt, and other therapies. I am trained in Clinical Hypnosis by the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis and find hypnosis to be extremely beneficial in many areas. Hypnosis may be utilized for behavior modification, such as smoking cessation or enhancing choices for healthier lifestyle, stress reduction, to treat phobias and anxiety, insomnia, pain reduction, and the list goes on and on! Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is another modality that I often use. EMDR may improve or resolve issues clients have struggled with for years without relief from other forms of therapy. The use of both hypnosis and EMDR has transformed my practice and expedited the progress of clients in incredible ways (or so many clients tell me after having spent significant time in "talk therapy"!). I am a firm believer in the mind-body connection. The therapeutic results from techniques such as hypnosis and EMDR, which are mind-body in nature, are truly amazing.

Despite using techniques that are very practical and somewhat structured at times, the theoretical orientations underlying how I approach working with clients are based in Humanistic and Transpersonal (Spiritual~or literally "beyond the person") Psychology. Essentially, I believe clients have an innate wisdom of what is best for their lives; therefore, what may be beneficial for one client may not be as effective for another. I adapt therapy to suit the individual and what serves them at that moment. Clients and I work together to uncover how to empower the client towards their desired change.

My basic belief is we are more than just our physical bodies and there is more to the human experience than we might be aware of or make use of in our daily routines. Numerous studies have shown the psychological and physical benefits of prayer and meditation practices; my intent is to assist those who express an interest in exploring how spiritual beliefs and practices might serve to enhance their experience and lives. However, it is absolutely not necessary that a client has any religious or spiritual views in order to work with me in therapy. It is not my agenda to advocate or push spirituality or religion on anyone and I honor each individual's path and choices.
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