I help people who feel stuck, get unstuck. "The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change." Carl Rogers
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA
Positive experiences of human connection are essential components of our emotional health. One of my primary goals is to facilitate this type of relational experience in our work together to help you process and heal what hurts, while empowering you to effectively move forward in life. I help my clients develop fulfilling and meaningful relationships with others by initially working closely to develop a compassionate and loving relationship to self.
It takes time and practice to improve your self-esteem, such that you walk through the world bravely, with confidence, and the willingness to take risks. I’ll help you take off the “armor” you’ve used for so long for protection and move toward yourself and others in a spirit of compassion and open-heartedness. If it's situational we'll develop steps for you to practice and move through it. If it's deep rooted, we'll unpack it, bring it to the surface, and learn to leave it in the past.
It can feel relieving to receive support in navigating not just the stress inherent to every day life, but to develop strategies and the mindset to overcome the stresses that become anxieties and keep you stuck, overwhelmed, and scared. Together we'll get to know what makes you anxious and how it impacts your life. I've got tons of mindfulness strategies to relieve you of your anxiety. Our goal will be for you to develop trust in yourself so that you can manage your anxiety well.
I utilize DBT to help you how to live in the moment, manage stress, identify and take charge of your emotions, and improve relationships with others. I will provide you many tools and techniques to deal with the problem in the here and now.
I use this classic theory when we explore where your behaviors and patterns start from and how they've been reinforced throughout your lifetime. When relevant, we'll unpack some of your past, and use that to guide us to craft the present life you'd like to live.
I utilize DBT to help you learn how to live in the moment, manage stress, identify and take charge of your emotions, and improve relationships with others. I will provide you many tools and techniques to deal with the problem in the here and now.
Trauma and shame can act as a powerful roadblock to your happiness. Shame is at the root of both the inner critic and perfectionism. It binds with and hides behind other emotions, such as anger and fear, so that it's often hard to detect. Many people go to great lengths to avoid acknowledging or even feeling shame -and this gets in the way of making progress in treatment. I'll support you to move your energy powerfully outward rather than turn inward.
Stress is an inevitable part of life. Yet, it feels unmanageable. The more you try to understand it and make it go away, the larger your ball of stress gets. Psychotherapy can help you break free of it’s grip on your life so that you can navigate challenges well, live more playfully, and feel fulfilled! You will enter counseling to overcome and conquer your inner critic, self-doubt, perfectionism, performance stress, and overwhelm that gets in the in the way of achieving your ambitions.
I lean on ACT to support the whole of you to make choices that empowers your values based journey. I'll help you develop compassionate presence to your experience in such a way that your thoughts and emotions don't define you. We will focus on the values you're trying to achieve, but in a way that is kind to all the different parts of you.
EMDR therapy is an evidence-based and neuroscience-informed integrative therapy that was developed to reduce distressing emotional symptoms from various challenging life experiences and trauma. Using bilateral stimulation, EMDR works with and aids your brain’s natural impulse to move through these feelings and thoughts that keep you stuck until you reach a place of zero disturbance when recalling the trauma memory/experience.