Welcome to Ernest Jarman, Ph.D. Psychotherapist Sacramento-Folsom
As interactive, solution-focused therapists, our treatment approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients resolve current problems and change long-standing behavioral patterns on their own.
Twenty-first century psychology has transformed into a new era of positive attitudes, hope, perspective and gratitude. These ideas aren’t new; in fact, they’re centuries old. Scholars, philosophers, spiritualists and religious leaders of all faiths have spoken of hope, gratitude, acceptance and forgiveness for hundreds of years. 12 step groups including Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous have practiced universal spiritual principles, effectively, for the past 60 years. It should be noted that spiritual concepts are common and universal to most systems of faith and do not favor any religious belief. What is new in the past 15 years is that the field of psychology has researched outcomes of these methods and they are now “evidence based”. In other words, psychology conducted clinical trials in an objective and reliable fashion and reported statistically significant results.
The result is more treatment options and solution oriented paths for the client. Rather than focus on what doesn’t work, one can focus on what does work. What makes you stronger, happier, more successful and more satisfied? The answers lie in the effort. Happiness is not genetically wired into a person. Some of our happiness has a genetic and environmental influence but there is up to 40% of wiggle room. This means we have power to improve our human condition. One tool of this approach is called “the three blessings”. Did you know that people who practice gratitude in their everyday lives are happier and healthier than those who don’t? Positive Psychology and Life and Executive Coaching follow these approaches.
I didn’t begin my career teaching principles of positive psychology. Rather, I began as a veterans counselor, former U.S.M.C. sergeant and by treating extreme pathology in psychiatric in-patient settings such as state hospitals, jails, and prisons. This is where the most severe psychological pathology is found, in lock-down settings. Some of these cases were so severe that that they were called “non-text book” which implied no academic literature was written describing this level of severity. I recall in the early 1990s, researching a female prison cohort which had consumed the highly dangerous street drug, PCP, on a daily basis for ten years or longer then switched to methamphetamine for an additional ten years. This severity level was unknown to most doctors at the time and as a result I authored a report to the California Legislature describing the new phenomenon.
This lead me into a private practice of traditional psychology where I treated mood and anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, other psychotic disorders, PTSD and personality disorders. Today, I continue to grow from the roots of traditional practice and influence of positivity through Positive Psychology and successful coaching practices.
With great sensitivity and understanding, Ernest Jarman, Ph.D. & Associates help clients to find solutions to a wide range of life challenges and psychological issues. We work with each client to help them build on their strengths to identify and achieve life goals.
We have been working in the counseling sector for many years and have a wealth of education and experience to offer our clients. Find out more about our training and the history of our practice. Feel free to contact us at any time to find out more about our approach and the types of therapies we offer. SEE MY Blog on the SERVICES PAGE.