I'm a Psychologist who helps with ethnic/racial minorities (BIPOC), sexual/gender minorities (LGBTQ+), dep., anx., trauma & Couples'
Psychologist in South Pasadena, CA
This includes insight-oriented therapy that looks at your unconscious patterns in the past that are impacting your current relationships and yourself negatively. It is taking a deep interest in one's emotions, experiences & thoughts. This orientation is like inoculating yourself (ex: flu shot) because you are likely preventing future relapses and pitfalls. The therapeutic relationship is key, as clients gain a deeper understanding of trust, intimacy & healing through this healthy relationship.
Mindfulness based meditation, for example, is now well known in our society. Think of it as the love child of Meditative and Psychotherapy practices, where you are guided through meditation to learn how to calm your nerves, live in the present more wholly and without judgement, of yourself and others. Similarly Mindfulness-based therapy incorporates educating and guiding clients to live in the present moment, instead of being stuck in the past or worried about the future.
I utilize H.Hendrix & the Gottman methodology for helping couple's attain their goals. These are evidenced based practices. Right away, you and your partner/s decide whether you want to stay together or separate/divorce amicably. We collaborate on goals and setting boundaries you both agree to. Throughout the process you will learn how your past negative relationship baggage is impacting your current views and behaviors towards your partner. There are no secrets and 'fair fighting' rules.
When you walk into a room, do you you look around and see if it was safe - safe for you to be you or if you needed to blend in to survive? You’ve spent your life trying to be brave, in the face of uncertainty through life’s ups and downs. Your empathy and sense of creativity are strengths that have served you well. But, you’ve always felt different from those around you, even as a child. You may have even tried to explore these feelings, but likely shot down. Stop hiding who you are & call now
My Ph.d. dissertation looked at partner choice & satisfaction with how similar partners were in attachment style & personality. I have 20 years of experience in working with couples that are heterosexual (pre and post-marital). Because I specialize in cultural minorities, I developed an expert knowledge in working with queer couples in open & closed partnerships. I utilize H.Hendrix & Gottman methods to develop a plan specific to that couple and their goals