judith m browne psy.d
Good therapy is not a one-size-fits-all model,
finding the right therapist & approach is essential
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.
Prior to graduate school, I was a licensed massage therapist, an energy healer, and a LaLeche League leader. 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 nonfiction, fiction, 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.
Individuals I Don't Work With
I don’t work with individuals who are currently in crisis, are actively suicidal, or in active addiction, have been hospitalized for a psychiatric disorder within the last two years, or who are dealing with a severe mental illness: including but not limited to Schizophrenia, Dissociative Identity Disorder; Antisocial, Paranoid, Schizotypal, Borderline or Dependent Personality Disorders. While some of my most rewarding experiences were supporting people healing through these issues, I am currently not able to provide the level of care needed to best meet the needs of these individuals in my private practice.
my approach to therapy
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 but without the side effects and with longer lasting results. We are wired to be in relationships and we heal through relationships. The experience of being seen, heard, and validated by another is healing to the soul. My job is to provide that to you and help you learn to find and create that in the other relationships in your life.
My approach to therapy is holistic and integrative. I believe in order to truly heal we need to include the holistic elements of the mind, body and spirit and integrate the lifestyle changes that support us in creating the lives we desire; such as, diet/nutrition, exercise/movement, sleep, leisure and the quality of our relationships. I firmly believe in the mind-body connection and in our ability to heal ourselves. It is not as easy as taking a pill and it often requires changing, and sometimes making significant change, in your lifestyle and also learning to be open and curious about yourself and life. To really be alive is to be in constant transformation, flow, or as the Alchemists would say transmutation. Psychotherapy is really Soul work.
Additionally, there is significant research on the gut microbiome that shows what you eat affects your mood. Many women find that by improving their diet and finding what works for their unique system can have incredible results in reducing anxiety, depression and overall mood stabilization. We explore this in session and I will help you learn how to do your own research in this area if you are not able to or do not choose to work with a holistic MD; afterall, the one who should be incharge of your health and your body is you. As a sovereign being that is your birthright.
In sessions, we focus on helping you develop mindfulness skills - an essential element in making lasting change, and understanding the neuroscience and the philosophy behind mindfulness. You are more likely to use a skill if you know exactly how it works. Likewise, developing some skills for the polyvagal system can help you in mastering your emotions, improve your critical thinking and your ability to make conscious choices, as well as break habitual patterns and repair the effects or trauma.
In conjunction with conventional psychotherapy I frequently use clinical hypnosis, creative visualization, bilateral stimulation (EMDR), Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT tapping), and even tuning forks in session to reach the subconscious mind so the desired insight or change can happen faster. I will provide techniques that you can use on your own. 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) so you can find out more about yourself, and YouTube videos, readings, journaling, mindfulness and meditation practices, and simple challenges - this is all to help you get to your goals faster.
Clients who do well with my approach are those individuals who have a natural curiosity about themselves and the world around them - curiosity helps to slow us down, put us in the present moment, and allows us to be self-reflective. They are open to new perspectives, are motivated, spiritual, and are seeking personal growth and comfortable with a little woo woo.
My clients appreciate that I am not your average “cookie cutter” therapist. I will not be nodding endlessly like a bobblehead. My approach can be 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.