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Clinical Psychologist in San Francisco, CA
It's important to understand how past experiences (e.g. seeing parents resolve conflicts, receiving affection, being disappointed) influence the roles we take on in relationships and our expectations of others. Sometimes we get stuck in relationship patterns based on roles we took on in the past (caregiver, problem child) that were once adaptive but now get in the way of having the types of relationships we want. I can help you recognize/break these patterns to achieve a more fulfilling life.
DBT helps you manage overwhelming emotions that get in the way of living your best life. We all have a "logical mind" and an "emotional mind." You will learn to find a healthy middle-ground that differentiates between perspectives and emotions that help you achieve your goals versus emotions that make you feel stuck. We will learn skills to tolerate distress, be effective problem-solvers, have healthy relationships, and make life decisions based on your values.
CBT helps you check-in with yourself in a structured way. You learn to identify your thoughts and feelings in response to different situations and become more aware of how they influence your behaviors. (Sometimes we have automatic responses based on past experiences!) We can identify strategies that aim to change the way you view situations in order to live your life in a way that feels more authentic and aligned with your life goals. We can also practice skills for managing difficult emotions.
We learn how to navigate relationships based on what we observe from our caregivers as children. I can help you better understand how your upbringing shaped your approach to relationships, highlighting strengths as well as areas of growth. Based on our identities and family values, we're not always taught how to assertively express our needs (or the type of support we desire). I am here to empower you with the confidence and skills to have healthy relationships and communicate effectively.
We learn how to navigate relationships based on what we observe from our caregivers as children. I can help you better understand how your upbringing has shaped your approach to social interactions and relationships, highlighting your strengths as well as areas of growth. Based on different identities we hold and family values, we are not always taught how to assertively express our needs. I am here to empower you with the confidence and skills to effectively communicate and seek the relatio
Regardless of the particular reason bringing you to therapy, I am intentional about having discussions related to your various identities and how they intersect to shape who you are as a person and how you navigate the world. These discussions often help us better understand the presenting concern(s) you are experiencing in a larger context. We can explore the impact of your cultural background, family values (and how they may differ from your own), and systems of privilege/oppression.
I can help you gain a clearer understanding of your experience of anxiety, which includes exploring what past/current life experiences contributed the anxiety developing. (Anxiety often starts as a way of preparing ourselves to tackle difficult experiences!) Once we have identified your specific symptoms of anxiety and the situations that trigger them, we can begin developing a toolkit of strategies that help you effectively manage your anxiety, fostering compassion for yourself along the way.