Psychotherapy, Counseling, Coaching
I'm a licensed professional.
MFT - CA BBS #41932
I see the purpose of therapy as the process of empowering individuals, couples, adolescents, and families to grow and nurture various aspects of their lives. I use an approach that is caring and empathic. I am dedicated to helping clients discover their potential as human beings through the integration of mind, body & spirit. My therapeutic focus includes: relationships & intimacy, depression, anxiety, crisis intervention, post-traumatic stress, anger management, thought disorder, spirituality, chronic illness, terminal disease, bereavement, LGBT, HIV/AIDS, Gay Teens, life & career transitions, communication, managing stress, time mastery, setting and maintaining priorities, etc.
Effective counseling is a two way street. It takes a cooperative effort by both the person receiving counseling and the therapist. And it takes a commitment to make sometimes difficult changes in behavior or thinking patterns. What you expect to achieve with your therapist should be clearly defined as you begin your counseling. You and your therapist should discuss realistic time frames for reaching your goals and agree on how you will measure your progress. It’s important that you and your therapist establish a good relationship that allows you to be completely honest about your thoughts and feelings. Often, this requires “chemistry” between both of you in which you feel comfortable with your therapist’s personality, approach and style. If after the first few sessions you don’t feel this chemistry, look for another therapist with whom you feel more comfortable. While you are responsible for making changes in your life, an effective therapist can help pinpoint the obstacles in your way. If you have control over these obstacles, a therapist can suggest behavioral changes to help you overcome them. An effective therapist can identify negative thinking patterns that may be feeding feelings of sadness, depression or anxiety. By encouraging you to build upon personal strengths and suggesting skills that can overcome self-inflicted feelings of hopelessness, a therapist can help you develop a more positive attitude.