My Approach to Helping
I provide Online Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for California residents. CBT is a structured, focused approach to exploring your thoughts and behaviors. I help you explore different ways to begin to change how you think and change what you do. Do you struggle with intense emotions that take a life of their own? Often leaving you wanting to shut down, or avoid people or things that might set off those emotions? Or perhaps you dread slowing down or having quiet time because that is when all your thoughts and memories come flooding in? CBT can help you learn to take back control and not let your emotions drive anymore. Through CBT you can also begin to identify the thoughts that have been keeping you stuck, understand how past experiences and traumas continue to impact you today, and learn how to find meaning and purpose as you begin to make changes in your life.
More Info About My Practice
I do not have a brick and mortar location (just a mailing address). I specialize in coming to you through video chat on the internet (using secure, encrypted video conference software). Depending on where you live and traffic it can take 3 hours to attend one therapy appointment (1 hour to get there, 1 hour in session, and 1 hour to get home). Especially if you're traveling for specialized care. This can make it difficult for many people to go to therapy, as it leads to lost time from work or more childcare costs. There are also many people who have physical problems, transportation difficulties, or other responsibilities that make it hard for them to attend a therapy session. Online therapy is one way to make therapy more accessible. There is a lot of good research out there showing that online therapy is just as helpful as in-person therapy. For more information about this please check out my online therapy FAQs on my website.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Having worked in the Veteran's Affairs (VA) hospital for the past 6 years and with Veterans and their families for close to a decade, my heart resides in helping Veterans and their families overcome readjustment issues and trauma. I specialize in treating post-traumatic stress for both combat and sexual trauma. I have national certification in providing Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). Both PE and CPT were recommended by the American Psychological Association as gold standard treatments for trauma.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
You have been doing the best you can with what you have! I see most mental health "issues" as each person's best attempt to cope and survive in their environment with the tools that were available to them. I view therapy as a place where you can learn to understand your automatic ways of coping and learn new, healthier, more balanced ways of coping. More importantly, I believe the work you do outside of therapy matters more than the work we do together in-session. I like to think of therapy like music lessons. You can go to your guitar lesson every week, but if you never pick it up to practice at home, it's going to take you a long time to learn how to play anything. However, if every day you pick up that guitar and pluck away at those strings, you'll eventually learn to make wonderful music. And remember, your guitar playing does not sound great at first. Therapy is similar. To get the most out of it you need to practice what you are learning every day, and it's not going to be pretty at first, it will take time and practice, but eventually you will learn to make beautiful changes in your life. And just like music lessons, I hope that you will learn to outgrow me and become your own therapist.