Therapy should not be mysterious. I believe in meeting clients right where they are, with acceptance, practical support, and guidance.
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Jose, CA
Supervised by Mariana Nenadic Shanks, MA, LMFT 53697
If you're an adolescent who's experienced difficult stuff like bullying or loss of a loved one, I totally get it. There's no one right way to process these things. Even if parents and teachers are cool, sometimes it's just really hard to talk to them. If you're not ready to talk yet, we can start out by learning some cool stuff about your brain or drawing or just experimenting with some savage, science-based techniques to get you feeling better right away.
I specialize in helping cross-cultural couples with empathy, understanding, and experience. I can help you connect or re-connect, manage conflict in a healthier way, and create shared meaning. Our first step together will be to discover your overlapping goals. You might be surprised at how much you both want the same things. I use an evidenced-based approach based on the Gottman method, as well as emotion-focused and solution-focused therapy to help you meet your shared goals.
Some days it's hard to even get out of bed. Some nights it's hard to even get to sleep. Depression is one of the most common reasons people see me. You may have noticed other changes too, in appetite, motivation, concentration, self-esteem, or energy. I'll meet you where you are. Then we can work together on helping you gain a more positive outlook, regaining some motivation, and eventually finding the joy you once had for life.
Using the Gottman method, I can teach you how to dialogue about your gridlocked issues, as well as to uncover you underlying dreams, history, and values. You will learn how to process arguments in a way that heals your hurts and deepen your intimacy. We will work together on building or re-building your relationship's foundation on friendship and mutual admiration. Having attended the Art & Science of Love workshop myself, I can tell you: it works!
Some couples want me to take sides. Instead, I start off by not only finding out what's wrong but also what's right and where your goals overlap with one another. Then, based on what you two need, we develop a treatment plan to help you meet those goals. Rather than hoping you two will remember what you've learned, I'll give you things you can do during the week together so you're getting the most out of therapy. I use Gottman, solution-focused, and emotion-focused therapy to help you connect.
The main premise of CBT is that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors all influence each other. By making subtle shifts in one area, scientific experiments have shown that clients start feeling better. CBT has been shown to be helpful in treating depression, relationship issues, PTSD, and other issues. CBT is also very collaborative. We'll work together on your goals. I'll show you how to easily incorporate CBT into your daily life to get the most out of therapy.