My Approach to Helping
Welcome! I’m so glad you are exploring options for support. It can feel intimidating reaching out for the first time, or finding a new therapist and I’d like to make it as comfortable as possible. Are you struggling with a transition, experiencing the loss of a loved one or a relationship, or perhaps have lost touch with your own sense of joy and vibrancy? During this time of Covid-19 crisis, our most vulnerable selves are exposed. Individuals with trauma histories may be feeling especially challenged. Couples might be struggling with increased mood swings, irritability, isolation, or lack of privacy. I am here to help you manage these feelings, come together, and find common ground.
I offer a safe space where you'll feel heard, respected, and validated. Collaboratively, we will unpack the challenges you're facing and create insight around patterns that no longer serve you. Therapy can help to bring you to a new place of understanding, perspective, inspiration and purpose. My intention is to provide you with the tools to live a life that expresses your deepest values. In the face of distress, living from your values will enable you to lead a meaningful life and to be the person you want to be. I especially enjoy working with teens, adults, couples and groups and because no single approach is right for everyone, I have trained in and use a balanced blend of client-centered and empirically-based approaches to help you reach your goals. More specifically, my work is informed by the following therapeutic orientations: Psychodynamic, Humanistic, Cognitive-Behavioral (CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for Couples, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
I know how hard it is to ask for help, so the fact that you are looking is brave. You deserve a life that is filled with joy and happiness, fulfilling work and relationships. I'd like to help. I have immediate openings for teletherapy and I offer weekend sessions to fit with your busy life. Why not start today? I offer a complimentary consultation where we discuss your concerns and you can see if I am a right fit for you and your journey.
More Info About My Practice
In my practice, therapy is as diverse as my clients. Come as you are. I am warm, engaging, nurturing, direct, and relational. With an emphasis in attachment theory and somatic practices, I specialize in helping individuals and couples find their way back to resiliency, connection, and joy. I believe every individual is different and each requires a unique perspective and different level of support. My clients are people who love life and want the most out of their relationships. Connection, love and companionship are all of great value to them. They are committed to those they relate to. However, the stress and the busyness of life may have gotten them off track.
The most important thing I can offer in therapy is to be an open-hearted and closely listening companion in a safe and compassionate space for rest and growth. Especially in these turbulent times, just having a trusted person who sees you clearly, and time spent focused on your own struggles and celebrating your progress, can be tremendously healing. It is an honor to sit with clients, hear their experience, and help them explore what they most value.
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How Psychotherapy Can Help
What I've learned in my over 10 years of experience providing mental health support in the Bay Area (in English, Romanian & Spanish) in different settings and capacities (from volunteering on the National Suicide Line, in hospice and domestic violence shelters, to working in community mental health clinics) is that clients often fear that their problems will be overwhelming. Paradoxically, even when experiences are frustrating, grim or frightening for clients, sharing them in therapy is typically relieving, enlivening and even joyful. Alternatives then become possible. Therapy can help. Hurtful expectations and habits can be retired, and new habits of relating to life and others can be implicitly learned, or chosen and implemented.
What I Say to People Concerned about the Therapy Process
Long before I became a psychotherapist I was a caregiver and ?therapist? to many others in my life. Helping people comes naturally to me. I?ve also experienced many of my own struggles which have helped me to develop compassion for others? suffering.
I?m a first generation immigrant to the United States, from Eastern Europe. In my life I?ve been through poverty, violence, communism, and a whole lot of tough stuff. I?ve come to see value in both painful and joyful life events. It is these experiences that have helped me grow. And as a result of my own transformative personal growth I have a strong belief in the life-changing power of psychotherapy.
I?ve always been interested in the darker aspects of human experience. Below the surface we all have experiences of rage, sadness, despair and other unbearable emotions. Maybe your feelings of shame, self-hatred and anger overwhelm and scare you. You worry that if others knew this about you they?d reject you. The problem with keeping so much deep inside is that you feel alone and like no one can understand. So in our therapy sessions, I welcome all the parts of you: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Together we can untangle the web of your experiences.
I also believe that we?re all guided by unconscious forces we don? t understand until we start digging around and exploring. No matter how much you?re hurting, I believe you can change and grow. We will work together to reduce your current pain while delving deep to address longstanding problems. Through the process of therapy you can work through past painful and traumatic experiences and develop greater freedom, flexibility and joy in your life.