Teaching people to create space to be and belong. Therapy is mostly about noticing what's happening in and around us in new ways.
Clinical Psychologist in Costa Mesa, CA
I have been working with individuals with disabilities for the past six years. I specialized in rehabilitation psychology during my postdoctoral fellowship. In other words, I had solid training and have had some great teachers who have helped me understand how to provide therapy that is specifically disability-affirmative. My approach is flexible and client-centered, which means this might be the only place in your life where you don't have to be the one to adapt.
Acceptance and commitment therapy is one approach I use with people. I like it because at the forefront of the theory behind it is the fact that we are all human and we will all face hardships. Some of us get more stuck or struggle more than others. We have values, thoughts, and feelings, which are the things that tend to drive our behaviors even without us knowing it sometimes. It includes mindfulness strategies, commitment and behavior-change strategies, which I use with most of my clients.
While I know that I have education and training that is helpful to offer people, person-centered therapy states that people know themselves best; you are the expert on you. You're in the driver's seat. I'm helping navigate and point things out along the way. Not in an annoying backseat driver kind of way, but more like you know how we got here, you know where you want to go, you're just not quite sure how to get there with all this crazy weather, road closures, and detours.
Attachment theory tends to inform the directions I take with people, particularly if their emotional and psychological struggles are related to relationships in their life. Attachment theory in the most basic sense is about how our early relationships (i.e., experience of parental figures) impacted our development and helped to form relational filters that we still use in our relationships today.