I work one-on-one to help those struggling with insecurity, self-doubt, isolation, anxiety, depression, poor sleep, and managing relationships–often times these relationships are with one’s own dysfunctional family of origin.
My approach is holistic, compassionate, and designed to help you start where you are–uncovering your strengths, gaining new insights, and honing the skills you desire to overcome life’s challenges.
Working from an Attachment perspective, I will help you gain a new understanding of your past, the roles caregivers played in your development, and how this may be impacting your present struggles.
I will help you understand how your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors–while they may be unwanted now–all adapted over time and had a purpose; to get your needs met or to protect you from unsafe situations.
Additionally, I may teach you about your nervous system to help you understand what’s happening in your body. I incorporate mind/body techniques to help you access deep or stuck feelings, reduce unwanted emotions, and work through unresolved trauma.
Together, we’ll find an approach that works best for you. The methods I offer are listed below:
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a highly focused approach to treating anxiety, PTSD, panic, and trauma by reconnecting you with the thoughts, images, emotions, and body sensations associated with the negative experiences you’re trying to overcome. This enables the brain to take control of upsetting thoughts and memories, and move toward adaptive self-healing resolutions.
Brainspotting is a gentle yet deep form of therapy that helps to access parts of the brain where traumatic memories are stored. By using eye positions associated with these painful memories, Brainspotting locates and strengthens your natural resources to regulate and control trauma response in the mind and body. This method has been proven to help those struggling with childhood trauma and PTSD.
CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is based on the idea that your feelings, thoughts, actions, and physical sensations are all connected. Therefore, negative thoughts and feelings can create unhealthy cycles of poor lifestyle choices leading to cyclical unhealthy behaviors and thought patterns. The goal of CBT is to take big or overwhelming issues and break them down into smaller, more manageable parts—taking them individually over time.
DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy involves the development of mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal relationship effectiveness, and emotion regulation by identifying and changing negative thinking patterns into positive behavior ones. It’s well suited for those experiencing self-destructive behavior or self-injury. It can help to improve self-esteem, joy, and relationship connection.
I offer teletherapy as an alternative to in-person sessions so that you can get support from the comfort and privacy of your own home or office. With teletherapy, there’s no commute so you save time and gas and have more appointment options. Teletherapy has been shown to be as effective as in-person therapy and is compatible with talk therapy, EMDR, and Brainspotting. I use secure, HIPAA compliant platforms and extend this option to anyone residing in the state of California.