I specialize in teaching young professionals (individuals/couples) how to manage anxiety, build self-esteem and strengthen relationships.
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in San Francisco, CA
Constant worry. A feeling different from stress. Uneasiness. Sleepless nights. Nightmares. Avoidance. Excuses for avoidance. Guilt. Sadness. Loneliness. Fear. More worry. It took until graduate school for me to really understand and get a grasp on my anxiety. I started going to therapy. I learned what anxiety was, where it came from, its purpose, what it was doing to my body. I learned about mindfulness. I learned how to notice my anxiety; how to breathe into it; how to befriend it so that we can co-exist much more peacefully. I had to accept it. It was a part of me, for better or worse. I now use my anxiety as a tool to help me feel prepared, and rather than this annoying thing that holds me back, isolates me and makes me feel bad about myself, I use my managed anxiety to propel me forward. Now, I want to teach you how to better manage your anxiety so you too can use it as a strength rather than continue to struggle with it, feel crippled by it or see it as a weakness.
Relationships are hard. Most of us enter into them without knowing what we might get out of them. We hope to experience respect, love, encouragement, happiness, connection and fun but sometimes, that’s not the case. Couples therapy allows us to carve out a specific time in our days to align with our partners. It teaches tools to listen and to communicate more effectively and provides a safe space for honest feelings to be expressed and needs to be stated. It holds both partners accountable for problems, successes and working toward change. Reasons for couples counseling include, but are not limited to not feeling heard, seen or understood; feeling distant from your partner; having the same argument over and over; not knowing how to align on key issues; feeling dissatisfied with your sex life; betrayal; wanting to end the relationship. Couples also come in when things are going well to strengthen the bond, spruce things up or just make sure that you're on the same page.
Am I smart/strong/thin/good-looking/funny/cool enough? Did my post get enough likes? Do I have enough followers? FB friends? Retweets? Why is nobody responding to my post? Pause. Breathe. YOU ARE ENOUGH. In this day and age of unending social media, it's so easy to fall into the trap of self-doubt, which unchecked leads to unforgiving self-talk and cruel thoughts and feelings about ourselves. Let’s work on building your self-worth so that you feel confident enough to attain whatever goals you set for yourself - while smiling because you know you're worth it.
Since Trump was elected, I have experienced a range of emotions ranging from paralyzing fear to intense anger to deep sadness to sometimes, and I’m not necessarily proud to admit this, a feeling of apathy – that what I do doesn’t matter.