Approach to Therapy
We all need help sometimes. If you have anxiety, depression, or have low self-esteem, problems at work, or an unwanted behavior, I provide a particular kind of therapy that's designed to help you have more satisfaction, greater peace of mind, and new ways of managing your problems. If you choose me as your therapist, you will soon realize that my only intention is to help you feel better, get better, and live better. Together we would help you live the life you want to lead.
I treat people with a variety of challenges, including:
- Anxiety, anxiety-related conditions, and stress
- Trauma, including PTSD and abuse
- Low self-esteem
- Substance abuse, addiction and recovery
- Dissatisfaction with your relationship or job
Have people been telling you that you should 'get over it' or 'move on'? Do you feel stuck because you can't? It's essential for me – as for any therapist – to help you work on your issues as you feel accepted and know that I'm working diligently to help you overcome your difficulties – without fear of judgment or criticism. As a therapist, I strive to create a safe, productive place for you to grow, learn, and change.
Thank you for considering me as your therapist. By checking into my website, you're already taking a step toward getting better. To see if I'm the right therapist for you, please email or call.
Goals for Therapy
The aims of psychotherapy are to help you to:
- Identify and understand the nature of your difficulties
- Replace unhealthy coping strategies with healthy ones
- Become more satisfied and have better self-esteem
- Have a greater sense of well-being
Tailoring treatment to fit your lifestyle, I offer therapy that focuses on providing you with tools to better deal with life's stresses and challenges.
Brief Background Information
With over 20 years of experience providing psychotherapy, I have come to believe that therapy is more than simply changing behaviors or eliminating symptoms.
At its best, therapy is a process of discovery. Although a psychotherapist should be knowledgeable about change, you're the one who lives your life. That's why we'd work together to develop goals for therapy and how to achieve them.
I'm a therapist, author, and have taught at two universities as an adjunct professor in psychology, counseling, and therapy. After graduating with a Degree in Counseling with a minor in Psychology in 1992, I became a licensed psychotherapist (Licensed Professional Counselor). I obtained a Ph.D. in Counseling in 1996. I have offered seminars and workshops for other therapists and to the public about therapy and mental health. For more information, click on education and experience related to therapy and counseling.
Why see a Marriage and Family Therapist for one-on-one (individual) therapy?
My education has included extensive training to provide therapy for individuals. The university I attended was certified by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs for therapists, which sets high standards for counseling and therapy programs.
After graduating, I gained over 3,000 hours of supervised experience in counseling and therapy before starting as a licensed therapist in non-profit community centers and in private practice. Since then, I have attended hundreds of additional hours of training in subjects such as therapy and counseling, psychology, wellness, depression, anxiety, and addiction.
Professional therapy memberships include:
- The California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists
- The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists
- The National Board for Certified Counselors