My Approach to Helping
Are you looking to...
-Reduce suffering from anxiety, depression, excessive anger, or trauma?
-Cope with illness, divorce, or loss?
-Make positive changes?
-Enhance performance in a career or school?
-Improve, save, or end a relationship?
-Get your life back from self-limiting thoughts and behaviors?
-Connect better with a teen or help get a teen's life back on track?
Or perhaps you wish to...
-explore the many layers of your self?
-better understand who you are, how you got here, and ways to grow in a more directed, intentional manner?
If you are looking for someone to guide you in the therapy process who takes you seriously while being kind and compassionate, and who is skillful and experienced but down-to-earth and easy to talk to, then I may be the right therapist for you.
I help my clients find new ways to cope with life's circumstances, reduce suffering, and develop healthier ways to relate to themselves and others. I support and guide clients so they can meet their individual human potentials. My stance is one of kindness, compassion, concern, and respect. I tailor my approach to each individual and her or his needs when we meet. I am truly honored to be able to sit in the therapy room with my clients, help them feel heard in a way people rarely are, and join them in an individualized therapeutic journey.
More Info About My Practice
I am a contracted provider for the following insurance companies: Blue Shield of California, Magellan, Kaiser Permanente (thru Magellan & Value Options) and MHN (part of HealthNet). If you are part of one of these plans, please contact your plan so you are aware of the extent of your coverage. However, if you have a different insurance plan, I would be glad to provide a monthly summary bill for you to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. In this case, you would be responsible for any fees not covered by your plan. If you plan to go this route, I advise you to contact your insurance company and ask about your specific coverage for "out of network" mental health services.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
ANGER: Anger is a normal human emotion that warns us that something is being done to us that is threatening, unjust, or gets in the way of getting our needs met. Of course, we can become angry at ourselves for a variety of reasons. Anger by nature is not a ?problem? nor does it always require ?anger management.? Unfortunately, for many people, anger can become a problem.
As a national authority on Anger and Road Rage, I help people for whom anger has become a problem through developing behavioral and emotional self-awareness, understanding about triggers and underlying causes, and effective coping skills (aka ?tools?) that can help them manage their anger reactions in more constructive ways. In the end, we can change your anger to be a useful, tolerable, manageable emotion and no longer and overwhelming, explosive, and hurtful force you can't control.
ANXIETY: I have been extremely helpful to people with both situational and long-term anxiety. I use a multi-pronged approach to providing quick relief, skill building, and development of new ways of thinking that can lead to lasting results.
I work well with clients who are having difficulties with uncomfortable levels of irritability, frustration, and anger, and undesirable behaviors related to those strong emotions. My approach to treatment of these problems involves helping clients feel safe enough to express their intense feelings in the therapy room without feeling judged or shutdown so that they can learn from themselves, heal, and develop improved self-control when appropriate.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
It is crucial that anyone seeking psychotherapy take the time to be a savvy consumer by doing some basic research (level of education and training, licensing, specialties, etc.), interview potential therapists on the phone or in person, and be willing to schedule initial appointments with several psychologists (or other providers) in order to find the best "fit" for them and their needs. In the therapy room, I always encourage potential clients to ask me any questions they can think of, take note of how they are feeling sitting and talking with me, and take the time to decide if they feel they can be comfortable working with and trusting me to help them.