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Through New Choice Thinking Learn How To:

  • Clarify and Maintain Life-Long Values
  • Correct Unhealthy Thinking and To Appropriately Validate Yourself & Others
  • Set Personal Limit & Boundaries
  • Accept Consequences for Personal Choices and Move On
  • Identify and Protect Personal Integrity and Dignity
  • How To Overcome Feelings of Hopelessness & Discouragement
  • Apply “New Choice Thinking” Strategies and Learn how to Problem Solve
  • Learn to Connect Your Thoughts, Feelings & Behaviors to Your Beliefs
  • Develop Skills on Empowerment and Engage in Healthy Decision Making
  • Effectively Integrate and Assimilate Your Social Network into Your New Choice Identity
  • Find Creative Outlets for Expressing Conflict
  • Acquire Resiliency and Behaviors of Wellness
  • Create a Self-Image of Joy for Living
  • Be the Person You Want to Be

Application Benefits for Everyone:


The speed at which changes occur in our society leaves many adults unprepared and unable to adjust.  Standard or traditional approaches to life choices many not be sufficient in maintaining social expectations.  learning way tot make New Choices that are congruent with personal values helps reduce emotional conflict while opening new doors for success.  Living healthy requires resilience; “New Choice Thinking” helps people acquire the skills to lead a resilient lifestyle.

Child & Adolescent:

Our young people are faced with decisions daily that can impact their future, i.e. drugs, relationships, personal development.  Learning the skills of “New Choice Thinking” helps them build the confidence to make healthy choices and exhibit confidence.

Marriage & Family:
Each individual enters a relationship with a set of values and expectations which define the manner in which they connect.  Over time couples become stressed and lose site of their ability to connect to one another.  Caring for children, meeting their developmental needs, and shifting off of the foundations of marriage can place families at risk.  New Choice Therapy assist couples and families in reconnecting to personal values, re-establishing a strong foundation, and making decisions that result in healthy and resilient families.Geriatrics:  The multiplicity of losses experienced in older adults can result in increased social isolation.  Changes in social mores have placed many elderly people in a disadvantaged population.  As people lose site of and in their ability to make choices; the risk for depression, anxiety, and other disorders increases.  New Choice Thinking assists in empowering the older person in making decisions to maintain independent living, and to remain socially connected.

Multi-Cultural:  Global influences such as the Internet and Social Networking has made the world a “smaller place;” which creates an expectation of ease of communication.  Despite these advances in tools for worldwide communication; people struggle more in finding meaningful communication and relationships.  New Choice Thinking assists the person in focusing on the richness of cultural differences while finding value at an individual level and a return to a more connected style of communicating.

 Specialty Application:
Medical & Behavioral Coaching: More frequently we are starting to see coaching services provided with managed health-care benefits.  The focus of coaching may be on weight loss, diabetic management, or the management of other health concerns to learn to make and maintain lifestyle changes. The Choice Coach can be instrumental in assisting the client with learning how to make healthy choices that will sustain and result in resiliency.  Applying the New Choice Thinking model can provide clients with a philosophy for living, and offer a new lease on life.

Parenting & Co-Parenting:
As children parents sometimes find that they may hold different perspectives on parenting than their partner; this can come as a surprise in some cases.  In other families the differences are glaring, and are no surprise; these families exist in high-conflict.  Whether a family has low or high conflict; New Choices in thinking may need to occur.  New Choice Thinking provides the opportunity to address these differences in a healthy manner while staying focused on what is best for the child(ren) and each individual parent.
Learning & Academic Concerns:  Most schools cannot meet the needs of children who struggle with learning in the traditional classroom.  Teaching to the standards has fallen short and left many teachers disgruntled in their ability to meet all children’s needs.  Family necessarily must go to outside sources in an effort to meet the needs of their children whose needs are not met in the standard classroom.  New Choice Thinking assists parents in working with teachers and school staff to meet their child’s needs, while identifying and gathering more specific information on the concerns and learning styles of the child.


Anxiety & Trauma:   The wide spectrum of anxiety including acute and post-traumatic stress disorders can leave an individual in an immobilized state.  Learning to gradually apply the methods of New Choice Thinking helps the individual regain control and re-enter life while healing issues of abandonment.  New advances in science help us understand the role brain chemistry plays in the occurrence of anxiety.  New Choice Thinking helps the individual incorporate the advantages of science & technology with personal choice to create a healthy lifestyle.

Substance Use Coaching: Whether a person has genetic risk factors, social experiences or have learned unhealthy life habits; addictive behaviors have a high social cost.  New Choice Thinking assists the individual in reconnecting to self and others while learning new behaviors for a healthy lifestyle.

Assessment & Evaluation:
There are times in which assessment and evaluation does not offer any new information that could not be gathered via behavioral observation.  There are some specific instances in which assessment and evaluation bring further insight, and provides evidence-based information that provides a better understanding of functioning, personality and relational constellations, and choices for coaching or life adjustments.   The information gathered from assessment and evaluation is analyzed holistically in the social and emotional context of the person, with recommendations for change to enhance health.

Entrepreneurial Consultation & Coaching:
  The entrepreneur is a unique individual that thinks and exists outside the box.  This style of thinking although highly creative; can at times result in high-risk choices that end in social isolation.  New Choice Thinking helps the entrepreneur maintain creative thinking while reducing risky behaviors that end in social disconnection.Specialty Application: