I'm Andrew, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist seeing clients all over California via telehealth.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , CA
How we feel about ourselves strongly impacts the choices we make, our social interactions, as well as the intimate relationships we find ourselves in. Sometimes the most helpful approach in addressing life situations (bad relationships, dissatisfaction with work, and any other life challenge) is using a “back-door” approach. By addressing low self-esteem directly, some people find that these life stressors (that are often the symptom rather than the problem) tend to resolve.
Trauma affects people in a variety of ways. Chronic pain, anxiety, sleep issues, negative thoughts about oneself, lack of trust in others, and general feelings of being unsafe can all be related to trauma. Some people experience trauma symptoms due to a major event. Others have experienced repeated “smaller events (micro aggressions, being belittled, being neglected or emotional abused) that can be just as impactful. I work with clients to help increase feelings of safety and decrease distress.
Seeking therapy takes incredible courage. Although working on ourselves can be challenging at times, it can often be rewarding and lead to an improved feeling of wellness, and improvement in one's connection with others, and a general increase in satisfaction with life. Personal growth can look different for everyone. I avoid "one size fits all" approaches and do my best to provide support specific to you and your goals.
Trauma can impact people in a variety of ways, some more apparent than others. I do my best to create a safe environment where clients can process trauma at an appropriate pace. While at times this may involve discussing the traumatic event or events, interventions such as mindfulness and somatic interventions can be just as (if not more) effective in increasing feeling of safety in one's body.
Focusing on humanistic interventions allows me to provide treatment through a "whole-person" lens, taking into context how all of your life experiences have contributed to where you are today. I do my best to avoid categorizing you by a diagnosis or symptom, as everyone experiences life differently. Humanistic therapy focuses on genuine interactions between therapist and client, your strengths and resiliency, as well as how your lived experiences have impacted your current life situation.
As an eclectic therapist, my outlook is shaped from a variety of theoretical orientations, many of which can exist simultaneously. I primarily work with clients through humanistic/person-centered, psychodynamic, and systems theoretical orientations among others.