My Approach to Helping
I am devoted to the health and well-being of my clients and provide the best possible tools and therapy to help facilitate insight and promote healing, confidence, and happiness in their lives. I see the therapeutic relationship as a collaborative partnership in which my clients and I work together to alleviate emotional distress, increase your sense of self-worth, heal from the past, and build a meaningful and purposeful life that you look forward to experiencing.
I am committed to creating a safe, understanding space for my clients and believe psychotherapy leads to positive and sustainable changes. Utilizing a variety of approaches including CBT, EMDR, Person-Centered, Positive Psychology, and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, I will work with you with honesty and compassion to create a customized treatment plan.
I provide online only psychotherapy to adults in CA to reduce the obstacles (illness, distance, time, etc.) clients find get in their way of pursuing treatment. I am happy to talk to you about some of the benefits and limitations of video conferencing therapy during a free 10-minute phone or video consultation. Please reach out to schedule your consultation!
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
Most of my clients experience some level of ambivalence or uncertainty about going to therapy. A lot of people call on their worst days. The days where it seems like they're completely lost or nothing else is going to work for them, but they may not be confident that therapy will work either. Guess what? That's okay!
Therapy is a risk! You're sharing parts of yourself that maybe you've never shared with anyone before and you're sharing them with a stranger. Yes, it's a therapist - a person whose job is to understand, reflect, support, and help you grow, but it's still a stranger (at least at first!). You're also investing your time and money into the process hoping for an outcome that isn't guaranteed. That's a risk and you have to decide if it's worth it or not. Is the risk worth the possibility of creating life-altering change and establishing a reality that it probably better than you are capable of visualizing at this time? We all know that playing it safe generally leads to more of the same and the type of change you're looking for will likely require some sort of risk. Is that risk therapy?
I welcome your ambivalence - I understand that part of you will probably be relieved to be heard, cared for, and understood, while the other parts may be trying to avoid, avoid, avoid in a misguided effort to protect yourself.
It's okay. All parts of you are welcome.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
The relationship between a client and therapist is crucial to the process and outcome of psychotherapy. After verifying a professional's credentials and competence, the next step is to find somebody that makes you feel comfortable! You need to be able to trust and open up to your therapist. You need to feel respected, understood, and valued in the therapeutic relationship. Without these crucial components, therapy will not be beneficial.
Make sure you ask any potential therapist some of these questions:
1. Are you a licensed professional (e.g., psychologist, counselor, social worker) and how many years have you been practicing?
2. I have been feeling (anxious, depressed, stressed, overwhelmed) and I am having problems (in relationships, at work, with feelings of self-worth, sleeping, functioning in general). What experience do you have working with people with similar problems?
3. What types of treatments do you use? Is there research supporting the use of this type of therapy with my specific type of problem or issue?
4. What are your fees?
Good luck finding a therapist that is the right fit for you!