I work with people with histories of trauma to help them understand their current patterns and make their lives more meaningful.
Clinical Psychologist in SAN DIEGO, CA
I have a background in working with individuals who need help addressing their substance use. Motivational Interviewing is great because it will use your own knowledge and expertise to help guide you toward your own goals, not goals of other people (or the goals of the clinician). Motivational Interviewing also works great to motivate people to move towards health-related goals, such as exercise, healthy eating, and anything in-between.
CBT is my principal theory of practice and I use it to treat depression, anxiety, and PTSD. It's an approach that understands that we're not robots and that our thoughts, emotions, AND behaviors matter. It's a structured therapy and helps you practice all the skills learned in-session outside in the "real world." For this reason, research has shown that CBT has long-lasting effects long after people finish therapy.
I use ACT with clients who want to have a different relationship with their thoughts and personal experiences. I have used ACT in group settings and with individual clients, it's great for anxiety and depression, but is also a great approach to life for ANYONE (no diagnosis necessary). It uses acceptance of the way things are and at the same time moves you toward change, using mindfulness and Buddhist principles and fun exercises to try in session and at home.
My work with PTSD has been treating women and men who experienced childhood abuse as well as sexual abuse in their lifetime. I also have over 4 years of experience of working with Veterans on military-related traumas. Many of the clients I work with also use substances to cope with trauma. I'm here to address the underlying issue and connect again to yourself and the people around you.
Depression is not just about feeling sad. Depression is loss of interest, lack of motivation, depletion of energy, and isolation. I will listen to you to fully understand what depression looks like for you. We will work together to get you to fully experience life again in all colors, and not just the dull gray of depression.
I use cognitive-behavioral therapy to address anxiety, which means we will address both your thoughts and behaviors that are maintaining your anxiety. We will use a gradual approach to talk about your fears and move towards overcoming them.