I specialize in grief counseling, and in helping older individuals & couples navigate the aging process.
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Corte madera, CA
Supervised by Rawna Romero #41466
Many couples find themselves having the same fight over and over again. That's because the fight really isn't about the "Problem". The fights are about deep emotional needs and wounds that become activated by the intimacy of the relationship. EFT is effective because it helps couples recognize their own, and their partner's underlying emotional needs and triggers. And it teaches couples how to support each other as they work to gain greater connection, find joy, and navigate conflict.
Many couples find that they keep having the same fight over and over again. They try to compromise, problem solve, and mediate the disagreement. But nothing seems to help. That's because the fights aren't really about the "problem", they are about deep emotional needs and wounds that get activated by the intimacy of a relationship. EFT helps couples recognize the underlying emotional triggers and teaches them to support each other's emotional needs while resolving conflicts.
The world likes the picture of happy and carefree retirees. But in fact, aging is very stressful. Every part of your life is changing. Things that used to be easy are now a challenge. People you loved and relied on are no longer there. Many of the things that gave your life joy and meaning are no longer available. As your life changes, you must adapt and find new sources of happiness and a new sense of purpose. But, that’s not easy to do. Counseling can help you adjust to these changes and fi
Unfortunately, the world doesn't have much sympathy or patience for grief. Grief upsets people. Without meaning to, friends and family can communicate hurtful messages. Instead of helping us mourn our loss, they want us to hurry up and get over it. These messages short-circuit the grieving process, and we end up pushing down the feelings. And rather than speeding the process, it makes it take longer. Grief Counseling creates a safe and supportive space in which you can tell your grief st
Many men are brought up not to recognize their feelings or believe that their feelings are important. As a result, men often have difficulty forming close and meaningful connections to the people in their lives. This lack of connection can also extend to their career and activities. They find themselves wondering whether this is the life they genuinely want - or are they just working to make someone else happy.
Research has clearly demonstrated that mindfulness can be a tremendous benefit to therapy. The ability to calm ourselves, let go of repetitive thinking and focus on our inner voice can lighten depression, calm anxiety, and bring a greater level of happiness and contentment.
In the crush of a busy life, it's very easy to focus on the tasks and overlook the experience of being here now. In Mindfulness-based Therapy, we work together to bring your focus back into the here and now. We use simple techniques to help you focus on your thoughts, feelings, and physical experiences. Countless studies have shown that this process increases satisfaction and brings important be physical and emotional benefits.
The name "Existential Therapy" sounds very philosophical and intellectual. But nothing could be further from the truth. Existential Therapy just means that we're talking about how we find meaning in our lives, what life means to us, and how we deal with the realities of being a human being.
Our earliest experiences with love and acceptance (or the lack of love and acceptance) have a profound impact on our ability to create and maintain loving and stable relationships as an adult. By understanding how those early traumas - we can find ways to disconnect them from our emotional lives today. Through this process, we can move forward to create new, healthy and lasting new attachments.
Relationships can be hard, sometimes they are very hard. But they are also supposed to be the source of great strength and joy. And, no matter how difficult the situation, every couple has its strengths. In my couples counseling, I focus on the strengths of your relationship and build from there. We look at what binds us together - not just what seems to be tearing us apart. And the goal is to create a physical and emotional relationship that is right for both parties.
Unfortunately, our society does not have much tolerance for our grief. Our pain makes people uncomfortable and too often we're faced with responses like "shouldn't you be over that by now?". My grief practice is based on giving clients a safe place to tell their grief story in their own way and at their own pace. And helping them work through the impact that the loss has on all the different parts of their lives.
Aging is a time of tremendous change, and we are faced with both physical and emotional challenges. These include changes in our physical capabilities, memory, sexuality, economic position, career, role in society, and identity. And, of course, we are also faced with the deaths of friends and loved ones. In my practice, I focus on helping older individuals and older couples explore the emotional impact of these challenges, and work to find new sources of meaning and joy in their lives.