My Approach to Helping
Therapy can help people to break free from maladaptive patterns, get a better understanding of self, resolve painful memories, become unstuck, and improve their relationships. Not only does therapy help people to heal, it also promotes increased self-awareness, insight, and confidence.
I am passionate about mental health and care deeply for the people I work with. I am eager to meet you, learn about your unique circumstances, and provide the professional assistance you seek.
I work primarily with teenagers and adults. I specialize in helping individuals with depression, anxiety, grief, loss, addiction, and trauma. I also offer counseling services to young adults as they navigate the challenges of life.
My therapeutic approach is systemic and psychodynamic. I help the people in my care to regain clarity, gain knowledge, and develop the skills they need to overcome their issues and find balance. I would be honored to walk with you on your journey to healing, growth, and happiness.
More Info About My Practice
My private practice is located in Newport Beach, CA and I work with people in the Orange County area including Irvine, Costa Mesa, Corona Del Mar, Laguna, etc. I am a psychologist, therapist, and counselor for those seeking treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, relationship issues, and addictive disorders. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions, I would love to get to know you, hear your story, and find out together if we would be a good fit. I look forward to meeting you.
What I Say to People Concerned about the Therapy Process
First and foremost, you can expect to be heard and understood on a deep level. The beginning of therapy always consists of developing meaningful, accurate and insightful understandings of the current issues you are facing. This may take some time, as we are profoundly wedded to and soothed by the power of the familiar. Even if it's good, what is new can be difficult. As an active, involved therapist, my goal is to help you look at your life more clearly, to see how coping patterns and styles of relating to yourself and others were once exactly what you needed in order to survive, but these now hold you back from your present life. Your basic personality will not change, but small, yet extremely meaningful modifications can create an entirely different life without having to create an entirely different person. Getting better, regardless of diagnosis, centers on finding your inner voice, gut reactions, and then learning to follow them in a constructive way.
In the course of therapy, you can expect to learn some new tools and skills. This often includes developing language to better describe your inner world, finding healthier boundaries in relationships, learning to trust your intuition and communicating more effectively with the important people in your life. I find that most pathology ends up being expressed through denying one's own perceptions, needs, and feelings. In other words, people come out better equipped to say what they feel and feel what they say. They report that they know themselves more fully, and utilizing their insights and self-discovery are able to better navigate life's challenges. They are able to embrace the risk of being all that they are and find enjoyment in love, work, and play.