I'm a Licensed Clinical Psychologist that has been in practice since 2011 in the Monterey/Pacific Grove/Marina/Seaside/Carmel/Salinas areas.
Clinical Psychologist in Monterey, CA
Anxiety can feel like panic, a fluttering in the chest, racing thoughts, or even tightness. Whatever it feels like, it can be incredibly uncomfortable and get in the way of anyone achieving their goals. The anxious thoughts can be related to a specific event like giving a presentation or it can be part of someone's daily life. Whatever the case, my goal is to support others to see a tangible decrease in symptoms to help them function to their highest potential.
Depression can take many forms for different people. Sometimes individuals experience low motivation or feel discouraged while others experience their distress somatically. Some people feel sadness related to a particular event or they have experienced symptoms of depression for most of their lives. Whatever the case, my goal is to help support others to see a tangible decrease in symptoms to help them function to their highest potential.
As a member of the LGBTQ+ community with specialized education and training I know how to support individuals who are thinking about coming out, have recently come out, those who have been out for most of their lives, and those who don't want to come out. I take an individualized approach to understanding how someone feels or doesn't feel a part of the LGBTQ+ community.
Throughout my training, I was drawn toward Pychodynamic Therapy which looks at the unconscious as a vehicle to understand what is happening in one's conscious life. By examining one's honest, unfiltered, and sometimes raw responses to situations that were once unconscious, their ways of relating can be made conscious. By taking a gentle approach to looking at how unconscious ways of relating may be pushing others away, I then help others to figure out what may better serve them.
Spending time with a therapy dog can produce a number of mental health benefits, from enhanced relaxation to reduced stress and anxiety. Therapy dogs are carefully selected dogs that undergo intense, individualized training. Research has shown that spending just 12 minutes with a therapy dog can lower anxiety by 24% and reduce levels of the stress hormone epinephrine by 17%. I have personally experienced the benefits a therapy dog can provide. As a result, I chose to certify my mixed breed dog.