My Approach to Helping
Are thoughts or emotions getting in the way of your life or relationships? Do you have trouble being in the present because of concerns about the future or regrets about the past? Are you self-medicating to cope? Are you afraid to seek help because it means you’re weak or a failure?
When you're going through tough times, the last thing you need is to be concerned about seeking help. You may be judging yourself or feeling judged by others. It's important to me to provide a space where you are comfortable being yourself, and where you feel accepted and respected, regardless of your situation or who you are.
Whether you're finding your mind stuck in thoughts of the future or the past, I want to help you change your thinking and bring your mind back to the present so that you can experience the joy in this moment. I help clients learn ways to change their thinking and reduce the impacts of stresses on their lives and relationships. Having the right tools, understanding the sources of feelings and emotions, and having the confidence that you have power over them can help you to limit their effects on your life.
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More Info About My Practice
Therapy is most effective when the client (you) feels comfortable with the therapeutic relationship. I offer a free in-office consultation so that you can decide if we're a match and I can make sure that I can provide the services you're looking for. Please feel free to call or email me with questions or if you're interested in setting up a consultation. You can also visit my website RobertClarkeMFT.com for more information about my practice.
My office is located on the west side of Burbank, on the border of Toluca Lake, not far from Bob's Big Boy and the Garry Marshall Theatre. For June 2019 I have openings Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays. My practice is LGBTQ-friendly and affirming.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Sex can be an uncomfortable topic to discuss with anyone, including your therapist. Yet, in my experience as a therapist, it seems to be a common subject of discussion for both couples and individuals. Many of my clients feel shame or judgement about their behaviors or desires. Sometimes just discussing this with a supportive professional can be helpful. Sometimes it helps clients to know that there is nothing wrong with them, but rather it is the judgement of the culture that is the problem. I have no agenda when it comes to sex between consenting adult(s), except to be respectful and supportive of my clients.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
At least 50% of my practice involves relationship issues. I work with couples and individuals to help them with interpersonal skills such as setting boundaries, communication skills, dealing with feelings of betrayal, and conflict management skills. Often clients find significant benefit from simply learning to be better listeners, and understanding better the interplay between their behavior and their partner's behavior. When I work with couples I don't take sides but rather act as an advocate for the relationship.