Inclusive, thoughtful, and goal- oriented therapy using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy methods.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Aptos, CA
Self-examination helps you look at how your past affects your present. Discover why you do the things you do, explore connections, and create a roadmap for your future growth. We are always growing and changing, but unless we direct our growth, our environment and circumstances will have a larger effect on us than our values do. Conscious growth is key to personal fulfillment.
Burnout is SO common for helpers. We give and give and give to others, and then there's nothing left for ourselves at the end of the day. It's hard to say no to one more thing at work, staying late because someone needs you, saying yes to every good volunteer opportunity. But you CAN learn how to combine your deep desire to help others with structure and boundaries that put YOU and YOUR NEEDS first.
Emotional eating is a major sign of disorder and need for rhythms of rest. Food is a source of comfort going back to our infancy, but as adults we need to learn new ways of coping. Explore the root causes of emotional eating and learn new ways of managing emotions, situations, stress, and trauma without turning to food. As you build structure into your life and grow your coping skills, you can watch the pounds melt off as you return to your natural weight.
Sensitive people are highly attuned to the people and environments around them. If you are a HSP, you will find particular benefit in creating rhythms and spaces that support and protect your unique sensitivity. Sensitive people are often strongly drawn to helping professions, but you are also at VERY high risk of burnout because you take in ALL the stories of pain that you are hearing throughout your day.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is a proven method for managing anxiety. By learning mindfulness to separate from your anxious thoughts, you will be able to refocus your life away from the limitations of anxiety.
Panic attacks can be debilitating, but they are treatable. I address panic disorders using a proven formula in addition to ACT for anxiety.
This third wave cognitive therapy incorporates mindfulness to deepen what is normally a very surface based work. ACT is useful because it can provide timely relief of distress and other symptoms so that you are more free to participate in depth work toward meaningful change.
Existential therapy is concerned with meaning, isolation, loss, and death. These four themes permeate our lives, whether we are actively avoiding them, fascinated by them, or holding them in balanced awareness. Like psychodynamic therapy, this method focuses on internal awareness as a key factor in creating transformative growth.
The psychodynamic approach to therapy gives a deeper look into how your past affects your present compared to modern present-focused therapies. This depth orientation helps address transgenerational themes from your family of origin. Your internal unconscious world is revealed through your actions, dreams, words, and thoughts. Exploring your inner world is transformative and results in deeper change than addressing external factors alone.
Your sexual identity is foundational in how you relate to yourself, others, and the world. Using personal experience and professional therapeutic techniques, I will work with you to confront the societal norms of heterosexism and gender normative scripts to develop your unique identity, presentation, and voice.
People are naturally wired for growth. If your growth is blocked, we will work together to identify obstacles both internally and externally that are keeping you from accessing your potential. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is a powerful tool to help you step back from your circumstances, clarify your values, and take meaningful action toward your best self.
People are meant for relationship, but many of us find that our past impairs our ability to develop meaningful intimacy in friendships, family relationships, and intimate relationships. I work with you on communication, boundaries, expectations, and trust to improve your ability to relate to others in a healthy way.