I work with individuals and couples who are interested in increasing their sense of well-being and who want a higher quality of life. I commonly see clients experiencing relationship issues, identity issues, trouble with transitions, anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress disorder, grief, anger, addiction, shame, and guilt. I have a strong commitment to diversity and hold several reduced fee slots in my schedule for those who need financial support in order to access therapy. For a more detailed explanation of issues I treat read below:
Feeling fearful throughout your day can turn a good day into a bad one. When we carry anxiety with us it takes away our ability to enjoy the present moment and to see things clearly. Anxiety can also get in the way of our health, causing us physical pain. I work with clients to understand the role their anxiety is playing in their lives and what feelings it may be occluding. In therapy, we will use several tools to manage anxiety in the moment while we work on resolving the deeper issues that bring about a fearful state.
Feeling motivated to make change when feeling depressed can be especially difficult. Depression can take our energy and leave us feeling unsure of who we are and why we are here. In therapy, we look at the ways depression is impacting your life and find ways to implement small changes so that you can feel more energetic and able to live the life you want. We will also look underneath the surface to help free you from destructive patterns of thinking and behaviors.
We do not exist alone in this world. Often our struggles come from the meaning we've extracted from our past relationships and interactions with others. Throughout our time together we will explore how your past and current relationships have informed who you are today. With this information we can work to improve the quality of your connections so that you can create more meaningful and beneficial relationships.
In working with couples, I assist them in identifying their strengths and areas they would like support around. Often times, although we are speaking with each other, our true needs and intentions get miscommunicated. In couples therapy, partnerships can be strengthened through better communication, heightened attunement, increased awareness, and improved emotional regulation.
Our relationship with our body and food is tender. We need food for nourishment and yet eating is also part of our cultural, social, and emotional selves. A difficult or distressing connection with food and our bodies can indicate unmet needs, a deep yearning for soothing, and/or a way to distract ourselves from pain. In therapy we can explore your relationship with food and your body as it parallels to your relationship to yourself and others. We will work together to heal the wound where your disordered eating began.
Issues of Diversity
Working at the University of Southern California gave me a unique opportunity to engage with clients from all over the world and from very diverse backgrounds. Our culture, race, sexuality, country of origin, ability level, and/or socioeconomic status can deeply impact our view of the world and how we relate to others (and how others relate to us). Together we can explore the relationship between the many components of your identity and your mental health.
Being angry is not "bad," despite what we have been taught. It is how we manage, communicate, and feel about our anger which may cause problems in our life. Feeling anger gives us useful information about who we are and what we need. In our work together, we will use tools to help you regulate the impulses that anger brings about while exploring what your anger is communicating to you about something deeper.
Substance Use and Addiction
Addictions can keep us from achieving our goals and maintaining important relationships. Often we begin to use substances as a way of managing discomfort or pain. Though they may be effective initially, the consequences of the use may begin to take a toll on the quality of our life. If substance use is an issue, contact me and we will explore the best method of treatment for where you are.