“I’ve seen Dr. Bill Roller for several months, and have become much more self-aware and in tune with my emotions than I have in my entire life. He has helped me tremendously through difficult life experiences, as well as helped me develop my own sense of what is the best way not only to navigate them – but to grow with them and grow through them.”
Watch as a mother makes redecisions regarding her treatment of her son after reflecting on her own relationship with her mother. Bill Roller, Berkeley therapist, moderates this transformation.
If you don’t care to watch the full demonstration with discussion at the end, fast forward into the actual work at 7:35 when Darya opens up about a behavior she’d like to change in herself.
This is how I might proceed with you, if you choose me as your therapist.
However, not all individual therapy involves Redecision work, so I am careful in my approach in order to be flexible and stay close to what the individual needs. My encounter with individuals when doing individual therapy is often quite meaningful and sometimes even joyous for both of us. This occurs when I experience a generous meeting of what an individual needs with what I have to offer. This reinforces the mutual satisfaction that can come from individual work.
A recent example is a young man who complained of such anxiety that he felt he might have to take medication to control it—although he had never wanted to do so in the past.
I made no comment about medication but offered him what I do best—personally tailoring my skills in an effort to address his anxiety.
After three months of treatment to allow his trust in me to develop, I began our session with a demonstration of a Gestalt exercise I have used successfully over my years of practice.
It’s called the Awareness Continuum. In this 5 minute exercise, a person becomes intensely focused on the Here and Now experiences that enter their awareness through all of their senses: Listening to one’s breath, naming out loud what one perceives outside oneself and the feelings emerging from inside oneself.
In this process, one must stop oneself when drifting into future plans or mulling over past events and memories. A person derives more benefit as one practices the Awareness Continuum. But in some cases there is an immediate relief of present anxieties and a sense of gratitude that one has the ability to control such an important aspect of one’s conscious life.
Overtime the bonding that occurs between patient and psychotherapist becomes quite meaningful and helpful in making further changes in one’s life.
Start the journey today with a one-on-one session to define your goals and to begin to develop trust in me as your therapist. There is never any commitment to me required, just a commitment to yourself if you really want to move forward into the life you’ve always dreamed of. I’ll help you make and stick to that commitment as well.
We will be meeting in online therapy sessions through Zoom.
The cost is $190 an hour
“I’ve done a lot of personal therapy over the years and I rank my experience with Bill as the best.”