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?
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 joys in the 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.
It's possible to get your life back, you don't have to just imagine it.
More Info About My Practice
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're comfortable being yourself, and where you feel accepted and respected, regardless of your situation or who you are.
My practice philosophy is based on Narrative Therapy and much of my work involves helping clients get in touch with who they are and how they want to be in their lives and relationships. I also find that helping clients focus on what is working can be more effective than focusing on what isn't.
Research shows that 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 contact me to find out more or to set up a consultation.
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. My practice is LGBTQ-friendly and affirming.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
RELATIONSHIPS don't just happen, they take work. 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, rebuilding trust, learning to argue productively, as well as issues around intimacy and passion. 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. Sometimes it helps to have a third-party facilitate the hard discussions. When I work with couples I act as an advocate for the relationship, I do not take sides.
SEX can be an uncomfortable topic to discuss with anyone, including your therapist. Yet, in my office 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's the judgement of the culture that's the problem. I am a sex-positive therapist and I commonly work with clients on issues such as performance anxiety and infidelity. 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
"Give a Man a Fish, and You Feed Him for a Day. Teach a Man To Fish, and You Feed Him for a Lifetime..."
I believe it's more effective to help clients learn to solve their own problems than to solve the problems for them. Whether clients come to therapy with a single issue to work through or with an ongoing problem, I want my clients to walk away with new skillsinsights that will help them navigate similar issues in the future.