My Approach to Helping
Depression and anxiety can slow the path to operating optimally in our lives. The task of feeling better can seem daunting. Whether you're dealing with a current struggle or a long standing one, resolution is within reach, and I am here to help you become the best version of you. Your being here is you taking the first step into self care and figuring out a solution that can relieve some of the stress. Whatever issue is becoming a burden and/or a barrier, I am here to support you as you take the steps to a brighter path.
Working in a direct approach, my goal is to collaborate with you as you are the expert in your life. Whatever it is that you're experiencing, know that things can change for the better. Together we'll create an environment that is safe and conducive of healing. This is your journey and I am here to walk along side you.
I also work within different theoretical modalities. We are all different and no one approach works for everyone.
More Info About My Practice
I provide individual, couples and family therapy, working with kids, teens and adults of all ages. In graduate school I specialized in trauma, both military and civilian, and understand that healing past trauma is a slow process and move at the pace my clients are comfortable in moving.
I have extensive experience working with kids and teens, especially those who have experienced divorce, bullying, low self esteem, and chronic disease in the family. I currently work with the Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach as the Kids Community and the Kids Grief and Loss Group Facilitator. This experience has allowed me to integrate my working knowledge of kids, who struggle with simply being a kid and having a disease like cancer be a part of their family experience, into my private practice. With both kids and teens, I utilize art and play as an intricate part of communicating their experience.
I enjoy working with families and couples and believe that systems make small incremental changes, but that these changes are possible when everyone is on board. Therefore having all involved and committed to the process is a necessity.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
It is so hard to ask for help or even acknowledge that we aren't pulling from the healthiest tool box of coping. This is where therapy is helpful. I often hear that talking to friends, family or even spouses doesn't always provide the most emotionally satisfactory feeling we desire. How often have you heard, "you'll be ok", "get over it", "you're still upset about that??", etc. There's a lot of power in feeling understood and supported. Having a neutral, third party, does provide the depth and understanding that we seek so we can feel understood.
Therapy is also a great way to learn new coping skills and even revamp those you already have. Lets get real, change is hard and alone it is even more difficult to achieve. Make the call, and lets get started.