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Spiritual Unification Institute of AIWP philosophy of care represents an organizational commitment to the clients and families who are served by Spiritual Unification Institute of AIWP. Spiritual Unification Institute of AIWP’s philosophy of care focuses on core principles of service delivery: Positive approaches, Individualized service delivery, and Effective-accountable service delivery.

Spiritual Unification Institute of AIWP providing individual, couples and family counseling, pastoral counseling, mentorship and education. Mentors are teachers, coaches, devil’s advocates, and role models, who listen, offer nonjudgmental feedback, challenge assumptions, and help sort out alternatives. We can help mentees who are concerned about being “pigeonholed” in a role. We can and should urge people to take on “stretch” roles and build succession plans to help mentees move out of certain roles. And we can urge mentees to become mentors themselves, since with more of us mentoring; we can make an even greater difference. People who seek of Counseling and Pastoral Counseling do not consider themselves as having a disorder or an illness and would not be so regarded by their counselor. Pastoral Counseling is concerned with the existential, identity and spiritual concerns most individuals encounter in the course of their lives.

A Counselor does not view her/himself as an expert, but as a partner with considerable experience who joins a willing participant and shares in the responsibility for understanding, exploring and clarifying an individual’s or couple’s developmental life pursuits. This is a joint undertaking towards a better understanding and integration of one’s whole life experience.

Dr. Bolsheva specializes in holistic counseling. Helping people create positive personal change for the past 30 years.
Life Coach, Educator.
Fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian languages.
Dr. Bolsheva is the National Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist,
TeleMental Health Training Certificate (THTC)

THE SOUL EXPRESSES ITSELF THROUGH IMAGE AND IMAGINATION SPECIALIZATION INCLUDES:

Anxiety
Anger Management
Biblical Counseling
Couples Counseling
Conflict Resolution
Depression
Emotional Issues, Fears & Phobias
Education
Family
Hypnosis
Life Coaching
Musical Relaxation
Stress Management
Spiritual Beliefs
Parenting Support
Work and Career issues
Unresolved Past Trauma(Sexual, Abuse, and Accident)
Unresolved Grief Trauma From Past Childhood Wounds resulting in Patterns Affecting Today

We work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues providing services that span from pastoral counseling for depression and grief, counseling to parenting support, couples counseling and beyond. In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, we offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each of our client’s individual needs to help attain the personal growth they are striving for.

“What distinguishes pastoral counseling from other forms of counseling and psychotherapy is the role and accountability of the counselor and his or her understanding and expression of the pastoral relationship. Pastoral counselors are representatives of the central images of life and its meaning affirmed by their religious communities. Thus pastoral counseling offers a relationship to that understanding of life and faith. Pastoral counseling uses both psychological and theological resources to deepen its understanding of the pastoral relationship.”“Mentoring is a process for the informal transmission of knowledge, social capital, and the psychosocial support perceived by the recipient as relevant to work, career, or professional development; mentoring entails informal communication, usually face-to-face and during a sustained period of time, between a person who is perceived to have greater relevant knowledge, wisdom, or experience (the mentor) and a person who is perceived to have less (the protégé)”

THE SOUL EXPRESSES ITSELF THROUGH IMAGE AND IMAGINATION
Who can benefit from hypnosis?
Anyone of average intelligence who is willing to concentrate, follow instructions and use their imagination can benefit from hypnotherapy.
What is hypnosis like?
Hypnosis is a natural state of consciousness and we often experience hypnosis during the day. Have you ever driven somewhere and arrived not being aware of driving to your destination. That’s highway hypnosis. Have you ever found yourself daydreaming that’s also hypnosis? Hypnosis gives you many of the benefits of a restful nights sleep. Clients report being more relaxed, having heightened awareness, having gained insights and coming out more refreshed after hypnosis. You will be amazed at the deep levels of healing that can be achieved in just one session! Along with using Hypnotherapy to create positive changes in your thoughts, feelings and behaviors, we use a variety of other methods and healing modalities such as Voice Analysis, Sound and Energy, Rapid Resolution Therapy. Common experiences reported during hypnosis is a feeling deeply relaxed with sensations of lightness or heaviness. Clients also sometimes report their bodies feeling a light numbness. Most clients report feeling very relaxed and sometimes have a feeling of expansion. Your experience will be unique to you. Clients often times are surprised by their statements and receive insights into confusing patterns.
Is not hypnosis being put to sleep?
Hypnosis is not a state of sleep, but a natural state of mind that can produce extraordinary levels of relaxation and heighten awareness of mind, body and emotions. The principles and theories upon which hypnotherapy are based are accessing and utilizing the power of one’s inner resources. Hypnosis helps the client to transcend the critical, analytical level of mind, and facilitate the acceptance of suggestions, directions and instructions desired by the Client. You can never be made to do anything you do not want to do! Hypnosis is used to induce a state of increased relaxation with full awareness. You are able to remember everything and actually increase your concentration during and after as a result of hypnosis.
Does hypnosis actually work?
Clinical Hypnotherapy, when used by a professional clinician has long been recognized by the National Board Certified Hypnotherapist as a highly effective science and method for personal empowerment, symptom reduction with greater ease and confidence, and greater freedom to unblock limitations keeping individuals from moving forward in their life. Thousands of individuals have benefited and found great relief from hypnosis. See benefits below. Hypnotherapy can be used by itself or as an aid to counseling. Hypnosis enables you to get to the core of the problem and release blocks so you perceive things differently and you are free to make changes to move forward in your life. The hypnotherapy communicates with your subconscious mind to discover and release any blocks to your happiness and success. During this process you will feel relaxed and you will hear and remember everything that is said.
How can pastoral counseling help me?
A number of benefits are available from participating in counseling. Counselors can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Counseling can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from counseling depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from counseling include:
Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
Developing skills for improving your relationships
Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek counseling
Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
Improving communications and listening skills
Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
Do I really need pastoral counseling? I can usually handle my problems.
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you’ve faced, there’s nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, counseling is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you’re at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking spiritual counseling. Counseling provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.
Why do people go to spiritual counseling and how do I know if it is right for me?
People have many different motivations for coming to counseling. Some may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.), or are not handling stressful circumstances well. Some people need assistance managing a range of other issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, spiritual conflicts and creative blocks. Counseling can help provide some much needed encouragement and help with skills to get them through these periods. Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life. In short, people seeking counseling are ready to meet the challenges in their lives and ready to make changes in their lives.
What is pastoral counseling like?
Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, counseling will be different depending on the individual. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous counseling session. Depending on your specific needs, counseling can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your counselor (usually weekly).
It is important to understand that you will get more results from counseling if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of counseling is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life. Therefore, beyond the work you do in counseling sessions, your counselor may suggest some things you can do outside of counseling to support your process – such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals. People seeking counseling are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.
Does what we talk about in pastoral counseling remain confidential?
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and spiritual counselor. Successful counseling requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the counselor’s office. Every spiritual counselor should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. This is called “Informed Consent”. Sometimes, however, you may want your counselor to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (you’re your Physician, Naturopath, Attorney), but by law your counselor cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.
However, state law and professional ethics require pastoral counselor to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:
Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
If the pastoral counselor has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threaded to harm another person.
The following links are listed to provide you with additional online information and counseling resources.
Pastoral Counseling
– Abbott, Stephanie; Ronsheim, Douglas; Xander, Donna (June 2005). “Counselors and Clergy: Partners in Healing”. Counselor: Magazine for Addiction Professionals 6 (3): 32–37. ISSN 1047-7314.
– Hunter, R.J. (2005). “Pastoral Counseling”. Dictionary of Pastoral Care and Counseling. Nashville : Abingdon Press. ISBN0-687-10761-X.
– Paul, Pamela (May 2005). “With God as My Shrink”. Psychology Today. http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200505/god-my-shrink. Retrieved 2010-09-18.
– Buice, Allison (June 27, 1987). “Pastoral Counselors Increasing in Numbers”. Spartanburg Herald-Journal ( Spartanburg , SC ): p. B3. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=iLAeAAAAIBAJ&sjid=jc4EAAAAIBAJ&pg=5118%2C3469279. Retrieved 2010-10-12.
– Abbott, Stephanie; Ronsheim, Douglas; Xander, Donna (June 2005). “Counselors and Clergy: Partners in Healing”. Counselor: Magazine for Addiction Professionals ISSN1047-7314. http://www.counselormagazine.com/feature-articles-mainmenu-63/30-spirituality/73-counselors-and-clergy-partners-in-healing. Retrieved 2010-09-15.
++ Stokes, Rodney (1974). “Survey Graphic”.reprinted online at the Canadian Association for Pastoral Education and Practice website
American Association of Pastoral Counselors/History
Augsburger, David W. (1989). “Pastoral Counseling”. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. http://www.gameo.org/encyclopedia/contents/P381ME.html. Retrieved 2010-09-15.
American Association of Pastoral Counselors/History
Augsburger, David W. (1989). “Pastoral Counseling”. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. http://www.gameo.org/encyclopedia/contents/P381ME.html. Retrieved 2010-09-15.
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Center for On-Line Addiction
SAMHSA’s Substance Abuse/Addiction
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Web of Addictions
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American Counseling Association
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Questions and Answers about Memories of Childhood Abuse
The National Domestic Violence Hotline Website
Women, Violence and Trauma
Chronic Fatigue
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Depression
Depression Test, Symptoms of Depression, Signs of Depression
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Sidran Foundation Home Page
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Living with Anxiety
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What is Anxiety?
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5 Tips for Better Work/Life Balance
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Is Your Life in Balance – Take the Quiz!
Life is a Balancing Act – The Book
MindTools – The Wheel of Life
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Mindtools – Conflict Resolution
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BBC – The Cycle of Grief
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Counseling Center – Grief and Loss
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The Psychology of Death
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How Self-Motivated Are You?
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