Seasoned psychotherapist/clinician with a calming, good-humored nature. I help people become they are.
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in San Mateo, CA
Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that causes dramatic shifts in mood, energy and thinking. Individuals with bipolar experience a spectrum of high and low moods—known as mania and depression. Untreated bipolar usually worsens, however, with early intervention and coordinated treatment, people can learn to manage symptoms.
Our thoughts, feelings, and actions are linked in ways we often don't completely understand. By improving our self awareness of the particular moments when we thought, felt, or acted in an unhealthy way, we can choose a better, healthier way to think, feel, and behave.
Each person is a unique individual with a combination of specific skills and special challenges only they possess. I work from an theoretical framework based on holistic psychology concepts pioneered by Alfred Adler in the early 20th Century. I encourage people to live a fuller more satisfying life by coming to realize their untapped capacity to participate and contribute to their family and community in meaningful ways.
Making a behavior change is a process, and you are the expert on what is needed for your life. Whether you are not ready to make any change right now, or you just need help maintaining the progress you've already made, I will meet you where you are to help you get to the next place you want to be.
14 years experience working with adolescents in a variety of treatment settings including 3 years working in group home for foster youth with severe emotional disturbance and 2 years working as pediatric substance abuse specialist in children's mental health clinic.
While belonging to the LGBTQ community can be a source of strength and belonging, it can also bring unique challenges and adversity. Each person has a unique experience of gender identity and sexual orientation; the degree to which they are comfortable claiming and expressing these identities can take time to sort through. I completed a 2-year internship at Queer LifeSpace, a low-cost therapy practice serving the Queer Community of San Francisco, and remain active in the Queer community.
A person with psychosis has confusion about what is real, sometimes called a loss of contact with reality. Psychosis can disrupt thoughts and perceptions that make it difficult for a person to differentiate between the reality they perceive and the shared reality of others. Psychosis is a key symptom of schizophrenia, but can also be caused by substance use or other disorders. It has the potential to be disabling, but can also be well-managed with proper therapy and medication.