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My Approach to Therapy

Authentic communication and connection with others nourishes our essence. Being in tune with out deeper self helps us stay centered; feeling sure and confident of who we are. At times our head my spin from anxiety-provoking events or situations. We can learn to cope and self-regulate by gaining a new sense of who we are and what we want and need in our lives. Nourishing our essence gives us a solid sense of self-worth, helping us feel safe and secure in the universe and allowing us to take ownership of our journey through life. Whether dealing with addiction, depression, anxiety, or relationships, we can learn to live in the solution.
When appropriate I help clients find spiritual solutions to what is troubling them. I primarily work from Rogerian, client-centered, and psychodynamic orientations; however. I also incorporate Brainspotting, cognitive-behavioral, systems, and existential approaches to therapy on an as-needed basis. I have a lifetime of experience with addiction and I specialize in treating individuals and families who are suffering from its effects.

Therapeutic Modalities


Helping clients clarify their ideas allowing them to achieve personality growth and come into closer touch with their true self. The client learns to draw on their inner strength and new knowledge of who they are to resolve conflicts and learn how to change behavior that they consider problematic.


“Where you look affects how you feel”. Our eyes are directly connected to the subcortical brain where we store trauma. Brainspotting allows us to bypass the neocortical brain which often blocks us from processing physical and emotional issues caused by trauma and stress. By locating visual points connected to traumatic experiences we are able to access unprocessed trauma. Brainspotting is helpful for anxiety and depression and is used to augment functioning in professional and creative settings as well as enhancing performance.

Emotion-focused Therapy (EFT)

In EFT the client learns to experience and effectively use their emotions in the safety of a therapy session.
We learn to use emotions like anger, sadness, and compassion, as empowering resources. The client can learn to transform unwanted behaviors connected to past trauma, abuse, shame, abandonment, and inadequacy by processing them on a deeply emotional level.


Learning to be aware of ourself in the present. We can train ourself to be curious observers of events around us and learn to respond thoughtfully rather react negatively.

Chemical Dependency and the Addicted Family System

Alcohol and drugs can seem benign in the early stages. For many though, their continual use can interfere with relationships, work, and mental health. I have a solid background working in Residential and Out-Patient chemical-dependency treatment facilities. A non-judgmental and compassionate approach is used in helping my clients determine where they are on the spectrum of drug and alcohol dependency. Addiction is a disease that affects family and loved ones. When appropriate the family system is integrated into therapy thereby providing a holistic approach for the entire family to heal.

Family systems

Many unwanted behavioral traits and psychological issues stem from past and present family conflicts. We work on the premise that family members’ emotional states and behaviors are interconnected and affect everyone in the family unit. Individuals, couples, and multiple family members can benefit from family systems therapy.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) involves challenging and changing one’s patterns of thinking and behaving. By examining faulty and unhelpful ways of thinking and behaving, the client can learn better ways of coping with psychological problems, thereby improving emotional regulation and overall mood.


We can learn to put our spiritual beliefs into practice to help ease anxiety, depression, and stress-related issues. If you have a desire for more spirituality in your life we can discuss developing a spiritual practice that resonates with you.


Let’s get in touch to discuss how to start your journey

Ross Phillips, M.A., LMFT
23 Corporate Plaza Drive
Suite 150
Newport Beach, CA 92660

T: 805-455-1614
License No: MFC 100034