Greetings! As a licensed psychologist and woman of color, I wear multiple identities, and value your preferences, coping styles in therapy.
Psychologist in Doylestown, PA
Culturally and individually, I am drawn to my masters level and doctoral level training and workshops that focus on examining individual factors such as thought patterns, frequently accompanying feelings, and the resulting responses we provide to ourselves in the form of self-talk, and to others. I address the role of automated thoughts and resulting choices we make in experiencing and dealing with stress and related mental health concerns. This assists in concrete, specific coping styles.
I examine individual factors such as ineffective thought and relational patterns when exploring low mood, or constant worry, or relational and transitional challenges in therapy within the context of your lived experiences. I explore early childhood experiences to understand values, cultures, and context that influence your responses to the present challenges. What does this do? It makes our exploratory work together relevant to you, and helps me tailor coping strategies to who you are.
I use the therapeutic relationship to provide immediate feedback on your thought patterns, your reactions to what we are talking about, and your body language in the immediacy of therapy. I do this within a safe, compassionate and genuine therapeutic environment. The feedback I provide is based on your needs, and stated goals in therapy. I gently challenge the ways that make you feel stuck with your challenges by helping you connect your past relational patterns to your present, and who you are.
Our genetic make up, views of our selves, the messages we internalize about ourselves and others, the world around us, and the future can impact our mood, especially low mood, and feeling blue most of the times. This low mood can impact the way we experience the environment, and respond to what is happening in the here and now. I work with you using a compassionate relational approach that provides validation and coping resources based on your needs and values, including mindfulness strategies.
Our predisposition to worry and the unpredictability of life can leave us feeling restless and experiencing racing thoughts about the future, deadlines, incomplete chores, work and related challenges. This ceaseless worry is strengthened when we indiscriminately respond to every stressor in the same way, and also worry about "what next." I use a relational approach to examine themes of control and ambiguity, and provide mindful coping strategies at the cognitive, emotional and behavioral levels.
Our identities are informed by values, experiences, the cultural and immediate contexts we live in. The circumstances and age of migration, and need for belonging and acceptance compounds adjustment to indigenous cultures and the host culture at home, school /workplace, and the community. This can impact mental health (anxiety, depression, displacement, confusion). Using mind-body approaches, I explore ways you interact with multiple contexts, and systemic factors that impact your mental health.