About Dr Cochran

Dr. Cochran is a transpersonal psychologist, licensed clinical social worker, educator and author with more than 30 years of clinical experience.

What Does She Do?

I approach my practice using Whole Brain Thinking and teach my clients how to do the same. What is Whole Brain Thinking? It’s checking in with both the left and right sides of the brain to achieve an integrated response thus allowing the person to take control of their problems rather than allowing their problems to take control of them. The key to invoking both sides of your brain in responding to any issue or conflict is to ask yourself three important questions. First, access the analytical left brain by asking, “What’s happening?” so that you can logically assess your circumstances and look for patterns. Next, you access your creative right brain by asking, “How do I feel?” so that you can tap into your intuitive and emotional self. And finally, you call upon both sides of your brain to ask yourself, ˜Who do I chose to be right now?” which can quickly allow you to become integrated, centered and present. This simple technique is an extremely powerful tool, in addressing any person, problem or predicament.

Treating The Person, Not The Diagnosis

Dr. Cochran works with her partner, board certified family physician David J. Waggoner, MD, at Saratoga Family Health Center. She stands out for a number of reasons, primarily because she takes a 'whole person' approach. Prior to recommending any treatment modality, she requires a complete lab work up on the patient and looks for the root cause of the presenting problem. She asserts that “For each person there’s a 'secret' healing formula. I am not interested in addressing people's problems with preconceived notions. I am interested in discovering and honoring each individual's particular personal 'magic'. I use a systems perspective and work to consider the person in the context of their lives, rather than in isolation.” The key to invoking both sides of your brain in responding to any issue or conflict is to ask yourself three important questions. First, access the analytical left brain by asking, “What’s happening?” so that you can logically assess your circumstances and look for patterns. Next, you access your creative right brain by asking, “How do I feel?” so that you can tap into your intuitive and emotional self. And finally, you call upon both sides of your brain to ask yourself, ˜Who do I chose to be right now?” which can quickly allow you to become integrated, centered and present. This simple technique is an extremely powerful tool, in addressing any person, problem or predicament.

How Does She Work?

“What we’re working to achieve is a balance of mind, body and spirit. Good health is dependent on a constructive, realistic perspective of the world around you and the world within you. When you get in touch with both worlds you can start to build from there. After that, anything and everything is possible. The most special moments are when I see people transformed – when they become at home with themselves. My goal is to help people confront their fears and conquer them. Whether we’re dealing with codependent relationships, substance abuse or personal crisis, the victory lies in being yourself. I’m here to help you do just that – to find answers and to get where you want to go in your life. Once you’ve faced your fears, your achievements and potential are limitless.”

What Is Transpersonal Psychology?

Traditional ego psychology is focused on a continuum of human experience and behavior ranging from severe dysfunction, mental and emotional illness at one end, to what is generally considered "normal" healthy behavior at the other end and various degrees of normal and maladjustment in between. Transpersonal Psychology acknowledges the wholeness of the person in mind, body and spirit, noting exceptional human functioning, achievements and true genius. It teaches us how we can foster the fulfillment of our highest potentials as human beings. The groundwork for the field of transpersonal psychology was laid by a number of prominent minds in the field of psychology, including Freud, Jung, Maslow, and Grof. Many of the founding psychologists of this movement believed that all humans have the potential to reach a higher state. Rather than exclusively treating all people as fundamentally pathological or diseased, transpersonal psychology recognizes that there is more to a person than their ego functioning, there is more to them than the sum of their parts. Dr. Cochran is available for personal psychotherapy, educational and motivational talks and seminars on a range of topics from personal and/or organizational development to parenting to romantic relationships and more.

Dr. Cochran's Background Includes:

MS: Special Education, Indiana University
MSW: Social Work, Indiana University
PhD: Transpersonal Psychology, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
LCSW: Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Certifications: Association of Certified Social Workers (ACSW)
Certified Professional Coach
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