Judith Acosta is a clinical social worker, crisis counselor, and classical homeopath with nearly 30 years experience in mental health. Currently she is located in Placitas, between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Starting as a rape crisis counselor in the mid-80’s, she is widely known for the treatment of trauma, anxiety, grief, and fear. She served on site at Ground Zero with NYC Police Department and POPPA support personnel. She is the author of hundreds of articles and several books including The Worst Is Over, which was hailed as the “bible of crisis communication.”
She utilizes an eclectic toolbox including principles and treatment techniques from:
Insight-oriented analytic therapy
Words Are Medicine
Since The Worst is Over has been published, Judith has spoken about how words--and by extension, thoughts-- can be medicinal or harmful.
Indeed, the phrase "words are medicine" is a statement that changes everything we thought we knew about healing—and ourselves. What it claims is simple: matter is mind and mind is matter. What we hear determines what we think. What we think determines what we feel. And how we “feel” has been shown to impact every system in the body, including the immune system. What we say to ourselves (and to others), then, matters just as much as the drugs we take, the food we eat, the exercise we do.
One study at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine has shown that psychotherapy can change brain chemistry as much as psychotropic medication! Another study showed that journaling reduces an asthmatic’s need for an inhaler. In other words—“getting it off your chest” can have literal, life-saving properties.
Psychotherapy for Anxiety, Grief, Trauma