My Approach to Helping
I have always been a helper, and I would like to try and help you. You may feel hopeless or depressed, and you need someone to offer support, understanding and encouragement. You may feel lonely and need connection. Maybe you are worried, stressed out, overwhelmed and need someone to help you cope and manage your life more effectively. You may feel stuck, and you need help making changes and charting a new path. Maybe your relationships need improvement, with your spouse or significant other, with you kids or your parents, with your friends or with other family members. Perhaps I can help you learn to communicate more effectively and connect more deeply with those important people in your life. You may be grieving, or had a difficult experience or unexpected life event and you need help coping and adjusting to your world being turned upside down. I would love to try and help you find hope, build connections, and make changes in your life.
More Info About My Practice
I have a warm and inviting office in central Fremont, near the corner of Paseo Padre Parkway and Stevenson Blvd. I enjoy working with teens as well as individual adult clients and couples. I do not accept any insurance, but I do issue statements at the end of each month that you can submit to your insurance carrier for possible reimbursement. I charge $145 per 50-minute session, with limited sliding-scale adjustments possible.
Additionally, I lead groups about how to live wholeheartedly. In this 8-week group, you will learn about cultivating authenticity, self-compassion, resilience, gratitude, joy, intuition, faith, creativity, play, calm, rest and laughter. You will learn about courage. We will discuss feelings of ?never enough,? about striving for perfection. We will talk about the myth that vulnerability is weakness and how, in fact, it is our best measure of courage and the birthplace of love, connection, and belonging.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
I love helping people, and I always have. I love having a job where I feel like I make a real difference in people's lives. I am grateful to have a job that uses my strengths, training, and talents to fulfill my purpose. I thrive on connecting with people in a real and deep way and seeing them grow and make positive changes. I believe that my best work comes when my clients outgrow me and are ready to leave therapy and function successfully on their own in the world. I am honored to do this work, to meet the people who come to my therapy practice, and to work in a field with many other kind and caring people who support each other in this work.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
You need to find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable and at ease. You will probably feel awkward, anxious, and uncomfortable at your first therapy session. That is normal. I recommend finding a therapist who will acknowledge the unnaturalness of telling your problems to a complete stranger, and yet also help you move through that initial stage into what feels like a natural connection. Good therapists build rapport by listening empathically, not judging you, working collaboratively with you, and expressing care and concern for you. Trust should build organically over time, once that genuine connection is established. I believe that the relationship with your therapist is one of the most important, healing parts of your therapy. You don't need to find the perfect therapist, but you do need to find a good fit for you. I hope I can be that person; but I hope even more that you find that right fit, even if it is not me.