My services include: Individual Therapy for Adults, Young Adults & Teens Couples Therapy Family Therapy Mindfulness Training Self-Care Skills On-line Video sessions Meditation Instruction (individual and group)
Many clients come to me for straight-forward psychotherapy/talk therapy, while others enjoy integrating Mindfulness Training and Self-Care skills into their therapy. Some clients just want to work on relationship or career issues, while others are interested in deeper healing. I also provide meditation instruction to private individuals and organizations. Some clients have difficulty finding the time to come in for regular sessions and need on-line sessions. I believe being flexible and open can help you find the approach(es) that best suit your needs and preferences.
Though I work with many ages, men and women, couples and families, my main areas of specialization include treating Anxiety; Mindfulness Training; Self-care Skills; working withwomen in their 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s; and teens and young adults. My approach is to draw from several methodologies, because I believe it gives me a rich resource base to find what works best for you. Some of the methods I use include, but are not limited to: CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy), MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction), Humanistic/Client-Centered Therapy, Existential Therapy, Narrative/Post-Modern Therapies, Art Therapy, Somatic Therapies, ACT (Acceptance and Committment Therapy), and others.
Anxiety Anxiety rears it's ugly head in many forms: feeling overwhelmed, irritability, hyper-vigilance, ruminative obsessive thoughts, panic and so on. Anxiety makes our brain feel foggy, our heart beat rapidly, our breath constricted, or like we're going crazy. It manifests in fears and phobias; it affects relationships, self-esteem, and physical health. Its paralyzing fear can stop us from doing things we want/need to. It can trap us between being afraid of the unknown, and wanting desperately to move forward. Our work together is aimed at helping you successfully manage anxiety, and feel in the driver's seat of your life.
Therapy for Women I specialize in working with women in their 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s because I’ve been there! I know first-hand the issues many women face. I also know there are ways to navigate these challenging life stages and feel healthier and happier.
My personal belief is that modern womanhood is more stressful and challenging than ever, resulting in increased anxiety and depression. We have so many roles and goals we feel we should live up to: being successful in our careers, finding the perfect life partner, being a "perfect" mom, or deciding if/when we want to have children at all...and making peace with all of our choices. We must be a porn-star in the bedroom, a super-buff organic yogini, active in our communities, support our families and friends, be energetic, fun, socially connected, and well-rested and pleasant throughout it all!
Well, the truth is many women these days feel a little lost or behind in life. They feel pressure (both internal and external) to have reached certain accomplishments, yet are struggling to find their path. Many women are frustrated with being single in L.A., unhappy in their current relationship, or simply feel uncomfortable in their own skin. They often have years of accumulated insecurity, fear and self-doubt. They want to feel less lonely and overwhelmed, and more confident and calm.
My goal involves helping you work through any issues that may be blocking your path, and to provide practical yet powerful tools that can nurture your ability to find and maintain healthy relationships, increase positive self-esteem, find career satisfaction, and live a joyful life.
Therapy For Teens and Young Adults Teen Depression and Teen Anxiety are no joke! Teens these days are in particular need of therapy and self-care. Now more than ever teens are under immense pressure-of the academic, peer, internal and external kind. They are over-stimulated and over-loaded. Drugs, sex, technology, social media, and social pressures seem to be everywhere-it is overwhelming and a bit scary (for teens and their parents).
Teens often come to me needing help with issues such as depression, social anxiety, self-consciousness, low self-esteem/body-image concerns, dating questions and concerns, lack of focus, having a hard time controlling their emotions, academic concerns, social-media stress, social issues at school, and just general life stress. The transition from childhood to adulthood can be a real challenge! I provide teens with a non-judgmental space to talk about their issues, explore their goals, and learn healthy life skills.
Young adulthood (approximately ages 18-25) can be a fun, exciting, exploratory time of possibilities and self-discovery, but it can also be intense, lonely, and confusing. Young adults are a unique and special group. Society sometimes fails to provide this group with the necessary emotional, economic, and social support needed. Young adults themselves are often unaware of just how challenging a transition this is; it is one of the more difficult life transitions, which is why mental and emotional issues often surface around this time. We used to think kids were pretty much formed by the time they were in their teens, but we now know that the pre-frontal cortex (which is vital to self-regulation, rational judgment, and healthy attachment, among other things) is still forming and reaching it’s full development until around the age of 25 (for some of us even longer)!
Young adulthood can be wrought with confusion, important life choices, academic and career stress, sexual concerns, self-esteem issues, body-image concerns, social anxiety, finding balance between social life/work/school/dating. Young adulthood is a time of finding one's path, establishing independence, defining one’s philosophies, values, life goals, and learning to manage mental/emotional/physical challenges; all of which can be a little easier said than done (but certainly can be done)! I work with young adults to help them learn healthy life skills, coping skills, relationship skills, and clarify their personal and professional goals.