Judith M Browne PsyD

Good therapy is not a one-size-fits-all model,

so finding the right therapist and approach is essential

Psychotherapy produces neurobiological changes in your brain similar to that of psychotropic drugs - meaning that psychotherapy can be as effective as the medications commonly prescribed for depression and anxiety, without the side effects and with longer lasting results. And if you’re skeptical about pharmaceutical therapies you should be - they have multiple side-effects, withdrawal symptoms, and they never cure. Psychotropic medications just cover up symptoms and they take you further away from your authentic self. And on average, about 4,500 drugs and devices are pulled from U.S. shelves each year! Always do thorough research on a medication you are considering taking. 

My approach is holistic, which means I trust in our ability to heal ourselves. It is not as easy as taking a pill, often it requires changing our lifestyle and learning to be open to constant transformation, or as the Alchemists would say, transmutation. Psychotherapy is Soul work!

I focus on developing mindfulness skills - an essential element in making lasting change, and understanding the neuroscience and philosophy behind it. Mindfulness can help you to make conscious choices and to break habitual patterns. It is beneficial in learning how to control and change your thoughts, emotions and behaviors. In session I frequently use clinical hypnosis, creative visualization, bilateral stimulation (EMDR), and  Emotional Freedom Techniques (tapping) in conjunction with psychotherapy to reach the subconscious mind, so the desired insight or change can happen faster. I offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each of my clients individual needs to help attain the personal growth for which they are striving.

 

​As most of the work in therapy occurs outside the therapist's office, I usually have suggested “homework” for you to do between sessions. This can include simple personality tests (MBTI, Enneagram, and Attachment Styles), YouTube videos, readings, journaling, mindfulness and meditation practices, and simple challenges - this is all to help you get to your goals faster. If you are not willing to invest the time to reprogram yourself by doing the work that’s okay, it may just indicate that soul work is not right for you at this moment in your life. I may not be the best therapist for you.​

 

My clients appreciate that I am not your average “cookie cutter” therapist. You won’t find me nodding endlessly like a bobblehead. You know what I mean. My approach is a bit more direct and straightforward. I am not going to tiptoe around your issues - you don’t have time for that. I do use humor and occasionally a few cuss words.

 

 Clients who do well with my approach are ready to work and understand that I’m not going to wave my magic therapy wand and have their problems disappear. Additionally,  they have the capacity to be self-reflective, are open to new perspectives, are motivated, spiritual, and are seeking personal growth and comfortable with a little woo woo.

 I provide psychotherapy to Individuals looking to achieve the following goals:

  • Acceptance and appreciation of oneself

  • A greater sense of self-confidence

  • Cultivate a profound inner sense of security and well-being

  • Self-care to support your physical health and overall well-being

  • Develop faith in your ability to move forward and meet life’s challenges

  • Gain a healthier, more productive perspective on current life circumstances

  • Improve relationships that are unsatisfying, both personally and professionally

  • Develop a path of purpose and self-fulfillment

  • Waking-up from the matrix

  • Recovering from Catholicism or other religious trauma

  • Cultivate enhanced attention and awareness through mindfulness and radical acceptance

  • Develop a mindset for Success

  • Personal Growth and Evolution

  • Integration of Nonordinary states of consciousness (Entheogens, Ayahuasca, Near Death Experiences, and other Holotropic Experiences)

  • Post-traumatic Growth

​ Individuals I don’t work with:

  • Individuals who are currently in crisis

  • Those who are actively suicidal

  • Have been hospitalized for a psychiatric disorder with in the last two years

  • Have any severe mental illness: including but not limited to Schizophrenia, Dissociative Identity Disorder; Antisocial, Paranoid, Schizotypal, Borderline or Dependent Personality Disorders.​

Credentials …

 

I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of Arizona. I earned my doctorate in clinical psychology from the Arizona School of Professional Psychology - An APA Accredited Program. Additionally, I am registered as an out-of-state telehealth provider in Florida. 

 

​Personally, I am dedicated to my own growth and evolution as well as that of others.​​ I am intrigued by the mysteries of human consciousness and fascinated with the healing potentials of plant medicines, and other alternative methods of healing. I continually attend trainings and seminars as I love learning and exposing myself to new ideas, skills, and people. I am a voracious reader of fiction, nonfiction, and yes, even peer review journals. I have a regular meditation/contemplation practice, which has made a huge difference in the quality of my own life. And all the skills and tools I teach my clients - I use them in my own life as well.  ​

My dissertation topic: A Critical Literature Review of Current Studies of Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy: The Safety and Efficacy of Tryptamine-Psychedelics, MDMA, and Ketamine.

Judith M Browne PsyD

     Dagaz Counseling & Psychotherapy PLLC               

3747 N 24th Street, Phoenix AZ 85016