Compassionate and Comprehensive Psychological Treatment
I provide therapy and counseling that is tailored to your individual needs. Our initial session will focus on identifying your specific goals, briefly reviewing your personal history, and developing a plan for how we will approach your concerns most effectively. By providing you with an environment that allows you to speak freely and feel understood, we will quickly get to the issues that are making you feel depressed, angry, uncertain, overwhelmed, or exhausted. We will develop your skills for coping, relating, and healing,enhancing your ability to achieve maximum relief and meaningful growth. Simultaneously, you will develop insight into how your emotions and thoughts are influencing your life, and how to transform the guiding principles of your life to healthier ones.
Depression, Anxiety, and Anger
At the core of these issues, there is often a profound sense of aloneness, which can send you even further into isolation and despair. You no longer have to face these difficulties alone. I’m not going to give you advice that doesn’t work. I’m here to radically change the way you relate to these overwhelming feelings. Learn to navigate depression, anxiety, anger and other overpowering emotions successfully, and experience freedom from the weight of these feelings.
If your primary concerns are related to sleep, I offer CBT-I, or cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia, which is one of the most effective treatments for insomnia, providing relief in as few as six sessions. In fact, CBT-I has been shown to be just as effective as medications. If you have difficulty falling or staying asleep, or have poor quality sleep that leaves you feeling sluggish and tired all day, ask me about this treatment option.
Making Sense and Meaning
All of us at some point in our lives question whether we are living authentically and meaningfully. My approach allows you to develop deep insight into how you engage with life and identify patterns or events that may be blocking you from living fully. We will reflect on and explore how you relate to others and the world, and most importantly, to yourself. Learn assertiveness skills, transform self-sabotaging or harmful thoughts and behaviors into healthier, more realistic ways of being, and experience a newfound sense of freedom and vitality.
Do you tend to repeat old relationship patterns? Do you seem to always end up being hurt, betrayed, or abandoned? Are you having a difficult time finding your voice and communicating effectively with your partner, friend, or family member?
Through realtime feedback and discussion of everything from basic communication skills to complex relationship dynamics, we will address what’s getting in the way between you and healthy relationships. While working through past trauma and invalidating experiences in your relationships, we will also uncover your ability to be assertive, respond appropriately, and experience relationships meaningfully again.
Trauma and Fear
By far, the single most common underlying concern clients come in with is trauma. Simple or complex, trauma comes in many different and can affect people in profound ways. Physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, or undergoing or witnessing events that have threatened your life or the life of someone else can lead to unrelenting feelings of fear, paranoia, and depression. Occasionally, deep-rooted beliefs of inadequacy and shame can also result. Making sense of these painful experiences in therapy can clear the way for a renewed sense of freedom and vitality.
Loss is perhaps the single most painful, overwhelming experience one can undergo. It forces us to ask ourselves some of the biggest, most difficult questions of life, all while we’re confronting a void that has always come too soon no matter how prepared we may be. The agonizing sense of hopelessness and loneliness that often accompanies loss can be overpowering. Yet for true healing to take place, you must allow yourself to grieve. Whether you have lost a family member, a partner, friend, or pet, I’m here for you. Grief and loss takes time to overcome, and it can be an arduous process. However, you don’t have to do it alone. Whether you need me to simply sit with you, help you find ways to renew your sense of hope, or work towards figuring out how to take small steps to move forward, I’m a phone call away.
Loss, like trauma, also comes in many forms that we often don’t realize or appreciate. In fact, the experience of loss due to life transitions such as moving, workplace changes, entering or leaving a relationship, aging, or changes in our identity, often goes completely ignored. Yet, such transitions are frequently at the crux of depression, anxiety, and psychosomatic problems such as headaches, stomaches, and other physical ailments with psychological causes. Change is often transformational, healthy, and full of opportunity, but it comes at the cost of letting go of the familiar. For most people, that is often a very unsettling process. Learn how to move on and let go of what’s holding you back, so that you can start living fully and freely again.
Personality disorders are perhaps some of the most misunderstood psychological issues among the public. The terms “narcissistic” and “borderline” are frequently thrown around by those with little to no understanding of these concepts. To make matters worse, these labels are often applied in a very hurtful and damaging way.
As such, I approach these issues in an understanding, pragmatic way. Once we’ve established that you indeed have personality patterns that are interfering with your life or relationships, we will first identify how these patterns developed and actually served you in a very important way. Oftentimes, personality issues develop in response to repeated experiences of invalidation, neglect, or abuse. They’re your way of defending you against further pain and loss, and they very likely helped you survive. Later down the road, however, they may not be as helpful and even disruptive.