I offer kind, creative counseling and workshops as a multi-cultural, queer, body-positive therapist who is down with weirdness.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA
Part of my approach to anxiety is changing how we think about. Having an internal alarm system is necessary--but not great if it's going off 24/7. I combine expanding client's tool kits to navigate anxiety in the moment while working together to understand that sensitive alarm system. By understanding and working with anxiety, we can free space to hear and know ourselves more clearly.
We receive so many messages from the world about all aspects of our bodies that are filtered through the lenses of racism, ableism, sizism, hetero and cisnormativity. These understandably have an impact on how we ourselves see and value our own bodies. I support clients in recognizing and deconstructing these internalized harmful messages to clear the way for a more authentic and caring relationship with ourselves.
Relationships are many things: and complex is one of them. It can take active effort for us to notice patterns we may be playing out in our friendships, romantic connections, situationships, and even in our work relationships that may be harming us, or not inline with the person we'd like to be. The good news is that noticing is the first step! Together, we can explore where these patterns come from, and how you imagine they could be different. Small shifts can create big change.
At it's core, CBT focuses on the interplay between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and how different tools and strategies addressing one of those levels can create larger overall shifts.
Creativity like visual and 3D arts, writing, poetry, and movement can all be amazing ways to express and explore emotion, challenge our inner critics, and flex our ability to imagine new possibilities.
Narrative Therapy is a collaborative approach that sees the individual as separate from or more than their challenges, working to form a more rich and complex picture of ourselves and our social context.