|The Law of Attraction
|Dr. Ray leads several groups in Santa Monica, Los Angeles area:law of attraction, singles and relationships, and a women and men's only support group.
At the law of attraction group, Dr. Ray discusses advanced principles from Law of Attraction and how they relate to all aspects of our lives. He combines the Western model with Eastern philosophy providing the bridge for metaphysics, spirituality, neurobiology, clinical psychology, science, and quantum physics.
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Ray Doktor, Psy. D. also leads a singles and relationship support group. Dr. Ray lectures by using experiential exercises and examples to expand your conscious awareness about the psychology, neurobiology, and spirituality of relationships. He combines his clinical experience and spiritual perspectives when discussing issues. This group is designed to answer questions, provide exercises, and to share experiences. Topics include: sexuality, masculine and feminine polarities, attachment styles, communication, and the law of attraction.
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The Spiritual Mens Empowerment Group is to support, guide, and educate renaissance men who seek deeper spiritual relationships, to understand the language of women and the feminine divine, including understanding their own feminine energy, to cultivate meaningful lives, to be in alignment with their purpose, to develop emotional intelligence and resilience, to be more grounded and PRESENT, to learn how to alleviate the stress and cultural pressures, to transcend beyond stereotypical male paradigms, to share gifts from the heart, to get out of the shadow of their parents, to transform their darker sides into love, creativity, and passion, to experience peace of mind, and to network and build friendships with other like-minded men.
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This WOMENS only empowerment group is to help guide women to cultivate their radiant, feminine energy, to better understand their bodies in relation to sacred sexuality and spirit, to help them feel more grounded and yet free, to liberate them from the collective consciousness of societal pressures and anti-feminine history, to develop healthy boundaries but remain vulnerable, to teach them how TO BE LOVE rather than always seeking it, to heal psychic wounds, to connect them to their powerful life force so they experience more meaningful lives, to help them become more creative and playful, and to bring more goddess energy to motherhood.
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All groups are in Santa Monica or the Los Angeles area. If you are interested in having Dr. Ray speak for a group, please contact him on the contact page of this website.
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What is EMDR?
EMDR is an acronym for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is an innovative clinical treatment that has successfully helped over a million individuals who have survived trauma, including sexual abuse, domestic violence, combat, crime, and those suffering from a number of other complaints including depressions, addictions, phobias and a variety of self-esteem issues.
How does EMDR work?
No one knows exactly how EMDR works. However, we do know that when a person is very upset, such as with a trauma or chronic pain, their brain cannot process information as it does ordinarily. Experiences become "frozen in time" and distressing feelings and memories may be re-lived day after day, without ever seeming to get better. Such memories can have a lasting negative effect on the way a person sees the world and relates to other people, as well as interfering significantly with his or her ability to live life.
EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain functions. It has been suggested that the bilateral stimulation stimulates brain activity normally associated with information processing, such as occurs during REM sleep. Following successful EMDR treatment, normal information processing is resumed, as indicated by changes in the pain sensations, and the way the client experiences the pain. It’s almost as thought the way the pain is 'remembered' physically has changed. Therefore, EMDR can be thought of as a physiologically based therapy that helps a person see and understand disturbing material in a new and less distressing way.
How is EMDR used in therapy?
EMDR is a client-centered approach in which the clinician works with the client to identify the specific problem or problems that will be the focus of treatment. The clinician gathers sufficient information about the client's history and current functioning to develop a clear understanding of current difficulties and a collaborative treatment plan. As part of preparation for working with disturbing material, skills for emotional self-regulation are taught and an EMDR procedure known as Resource Development is offered to enhance current functioning and lessen feelings of fear or vulnerability related to targeting disturbing memories or situations. When the client's current functioning is stable and the client feels well-prepared, treatment then turns to the targeting of disturbing memories or situations. Depending on the presenting complaints and client history and treatment goals, the length of different phases of EMDR treatment will vary for each client.
What is the actual EMDR session like?
During EMDR, the therapist works with the client to identify a specific problem to be the focus of a treatment session. With chronic pain this might be the pain itself, or some aspect of how the pain has affected the sufferer's life. The client focuses on the pain, and any relevant thoughts and feelings while the therapist performs sets of eye movements. Then the client just notices whatever comes to mind without making any effort to control direction or content.
Many people find this aspect the most difficult, that they literally don't have to do anything other than pay attention to their experience. Each person will process information uniquely, based on personal experience and values. It is important to understand that there is no way to do EMDR incorrectly! Sets of eye movements are continued until the sensations become less disturbing and positive thoughts and beliefs begin to emerge; for example, "I can control my pain." During EMDR the client may experience different sensations, even increased pain, but by the end of the session most people report a great reduction in the level of disturbance.
How long does EMDR take?
One or more sessions are required for the therapist to understand the nature of the problem and to decide whether EMDR is an appropriate treatment. The therapist will also discuss EMDR more fully and provide an opportunity to answer any questions about the method. Once a therapist and client have agreed that EMDR is appropriate for a specific problem, the actual EMDR therapy may begin.
A typical EMDR session last about 90 minutes. The type of problem, life circumstances, and amount of previous trauma will determine how many treatment sessions are necessary. A single session of EMDR is sufficient in some cases, however, a typical course of treatment is 3 to 10 sessions, performed weekly or every other week. EMDR may be used within a standard “talking” therapy, as an adjunctive therapy with a separate therapist, or as a treatment all by itself.
What kind of problems is EMDR used for?
EMDR was given the highest level of recommendation (category for robust empirical support and demonstrated effectiveness) in the treatment of trauma.
Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense (2004). VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Post-Traumatic Stress. Washington, DC.
Clinicians have reported success using EMDR in treatment of the following conditions:
Sexual and/ or physical abuse
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