During the first few sessions you will find a safe place where you are encouraged to explore fully your goals for therapy and what is troubling you. You will find me to be warm, curious, non-judgmental, and focused on understanding you as an individual. And as we understand a bit more about your struggles, I will offer feedback and will sometimes challenge you to help you to reach your goals.
I use an individualized approach incorporating various evidence-based treatments that have been proven effective: psychodynamic psychotherapy, mindfulness techniques, positive psychology approaches, and cognitive behavioral therapy as appropriate for each person’s current needs.
I tailor my work with you based on the issues you’re wrestling with. Some issues, such as career dissatisfaction or academic stress, may be addressed using positive psychology approaches in which we focus on present dilemmas and work for a short period of time towards building new coping strategies and behavioral changes. Other issues, such as relationships with families and partners or depression and anxiety, may more effectively be addressed using a combination of psychodynamic, mindfulness, and cognitive-behavioral approaches. In this way we still focus on developing solutions, but may need a longer period of time to acquire a deeper understanding of your past and patterns in order to do so. You can learn more about these techniques from my resources page.
You will find support in our sessions that you may not be finding in your outside life. The work we do together can be specifically directed to improve your ability to:
- Develop and sustain happier and more loving relationships
- Build increasing confidence in yourself and your decisions
- Recognize and attend to your needs and desires
- Increase self-awareness and understanding
- Overcome guilt and shame regarding sexuality
- Decrease stress and anxiety
- Recognize and control self-destructive behaviors
- Accept and appreciate your body and its strengths
- Cope with traumatic memories and fears
- Grieve and work through past and present losses
- Develop fulfilling and effective parent/child relationships
- Transform depression and low self-esteem
- Effectively handle conflicts and anger
Clinical Social Workers do not prescribe medication in the state of California. However, if over the course of therapy it is assessed that medication might be beneficial, I can help you to find an appropriate psychiatrist. If you are currently taking medications, we can discuss this during the initial appointment.