I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker & a Certified EMDR therapist specializing in treating anxiety, anger, depression, grief, PTSD & pain.
Clinical Social Worker in San Diego, CA
Mindfulness-based approaches to therapy lead with mindfulness, promoting the practice as an important part of good mental health. Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one's attention to the internal and external experiences occurring in the present moment, which can be developed through the practice of meditation and other training. Simply put, mindfulness encourages and teaches us to fully live in the present moment. Through the practice of mindfulness we can learn to be present
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a classic talk therapy technique that helps increase awareness of negative, irrational thinking in order to better handle challenging situations. In addition to helping those with mental health disorders (such as anxiety or depression), CBT is also helpful for anyone who is looking to learn how to manage stressful situations. Therapists that use CBT often have a structured program, which involves a set number of sessions.
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is most often used to treat PTSD or other traumas, but is also used for panic attacks, eating disorders, addictions, and anxiety. EMDR sessions can last up to 90 minutes and there are the eight phases of treatment. The therapist will educate & prepare you before getting started with treatment in a safe, stable environment.
Depression is a common and serious illness that negatively affects how you feel, act or think. Fortunately it is also treatable. Feelings of sadness and loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed are characteristic symptoms of depression and it can vary from mild to severe form of depression leading to a variety of emotional and physical problems decreasing one's ability to function at home and work. Psychotherapy has been proven to be effective in treating depression.
Sometimes things happen in our lives that derail us from the balanced life we have built. It could be a break-up from a relationship, not getting into the college or the job you wanted, financial stressors, a change in one's living situation, natural calamities like the fires or hurricanes, etc. Losing sleep due to worry, and sad feelings can overtake you . Talking to a professional can help you develop new perspectives and learn coping skills that will help you get back on track.
Stress and anxiety can be overwhelming, make you feel unsafe and as if you lost your ability to control your thoughts and physical reactions. You could be going about your day normally, suddenly get triggered by a sight or sound that can lead to either an anxiety or panic attack. Understanding that avoidance can only worsen this reaction and learning skills to cope & address the anxiety will help you regain control, a sense of normalcy and self-confidence. Therapy will help.