My Approach to Helping
Thank you for viewing my profile! I am excited to make a connection with you and look forward to working with you and/or your loved ones. If you feel you need someone who can balance the need for support and the need to be challenged towards growth, you have come to the right place! I find that people in our current society are often feeling disconnected and unheard by those around them and I will strive to help you reduce these feelings by developing a deeper relationship with your loved ones and with yourself. I am passionate about helping others and have been described as a warm and compassionate therapist. In therapy, I like to approach people from a collaborative, non-judgmental, and caring place in order to facilitate change and a healthy, productive relationship with me. I believe that the connection you will have with your therapist is of utmost importance as growth comes from a place of valuing yourself and our relationship will help you work towards understanding your worth as a person. While we work together, my goal is to help you build insight and understanding into yourself and your relationships as well as to help you find more meaning and satisfaction in your life. I truly feel honored to spend time with the people I work with and walk with them through different phases of their lives. Watching people grow, change, and develop a deeper connection to themselves and their loved ones has been a blessing and an honor for me as well. I believe that I am very fortunate to be able to work in a field that is so fulfilling and enjoyable. I look forward to hearing from you!
More Info About My Practice
My practice is a behavioral and psychotherapy service for children, adolescents, and adults in San Diego (Sorrento Valley). I offer individual therapy as well as parent consultation services. I have interests and experience working with children as young as age 3 through adulthood. I am currently welcoming new referrals. I am a licensed clinical psychologist who individualizes therapy to meet the needs of my clients. I use a combination of behavioral, play therapy (when applicable with children), relaxation and mindfulness, family systems, psychodynamic, and cognitive-behavioral techniques. When deemed appropriate, I am willing to go into home and community settings to assess and support behavior difficulties. I am currently accepting private pay and some PPO insurance panels. For clients paying out of pocket or for co-pays, I accept credit cards, checks, and cash. I am conveniently located in Sorrento Valley and offer free parking. Afternoon and evening appointments are available with frequent weekend availability. Please visit my website or contact me for further information! I look forward to hearing from you!
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I have experience and interest in helping with autism/developmental disorders, parenting challenges, relationship issues, addiction and recovery related issues, ADHD, depression, anxiety, life transition issues, college age issues, grief, academic underachievement, and behavioral challenges. Additionally, I work with many individuals who experience issues related to shame, worthiness, and perfectionism as well as difficulties with their self-acceptance. I enjoy working collaboratively with people in order to improve their life satisfaction and ability to connect with others in a meaningful way. Additionally, I have an expertise in parent consultation services, working collaboratively with parents to support their child's development and improve their family situation.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
All people are subject to life's challenges and difficulties and that includes therapists and those in the helping professions. The approach that I take in therapy is very collaborative partially because I truly see myself as an equal partner in the relationship. While my education, experience, and training offers an enormous benefit when I am helping others; I am still human and have had my own challenges to overcome particularly with perfectionism and worthiness. Additionally, I always share with the parents that I work with that I feel I understand their child's issues for two main reasons. One being that I was also a particularly difficult child and two being my extensive experience working with children and families. Because of my own personal struggles and my ability to overcome them, I believe that I am fully equipped to understand, support, and help you through the challenges life has thrown your way. I truly believe that my own challenges and struggles have helped me find my strength and helped me to be a more empathic therapist, friend, and colleague.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
I fundamentally believe that it takes a lot of strength to admit that you need help. I often treat individuals who tell me that they are everyone else's "rock" and "sounding board." I typically find that these are people that pride themselves on being strong, as many of us do in our current culture. Unfortunately, our culture's view of strength is awfully skewed. I believe that strength and courage means facing our fears, having hard discussions, and looking in the mirror to reflect on how we contribute to our own problems. To me, the very definition of strength is baring your soul to someone else, therapist or another key individual in your life. I have watched many people take this leap and benefit dramatically from doing so.
One issue that comes up frequently during my therapy sessions includes this notion of being "perfect" and that it is a personal failure to have flaws. I believe that these beliefs are deeply rooted in our culture and in most of our families and upbringings and as such it is difficult to challenge. However, it is my belief that our flaws are what makes us human and truly beautiful. We all are flawed and that is simply the human condition. While many may believe that this is sad, I believe it is a beautiful thing because it means we are all in this together. Flaws, imperfections, mistakes, and all. In my work with adults and children, I remind everyone that we are all flawed but we are enough.