Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist an Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Working in mental health since 1998.
Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
Harm reduction recognizes that a person’s relationship to drugs and alcohol is often complex, and takes a non-judgmental approach to helping people reduce the negative impact of substance use, abuse or dependence in their lives. One essential Harm Reduction principle, that is qualitatively different from the 12-Step model, is that any amount of improvement is a good thing.
Another avenue we have to make positive, lasting change in your life is to focus what you want to achieve — the solution or the goal — rather than on the nature of the problem. We look at strengths and assets that you’re already bringing to the table, but that you might be overlooking. From there, we develop new strategies that are different from what hasn’t worked in the past. Let’s keep our eye on the ball and figure out what helps you get there.
We take the approach that the positive change comes not from analyzing the past, but by going out into your life and making conscious, specific changes in how you tend to behave and how you tend to think. Then let’s see which changes result in improvements in your relationships, your goals and your Feelings.
Grief can be a profound and overwhelming experience. If you come from a family that never talked much about death, grieving can feel confusing and even frightening. It’s common to find yourself with unanticipated questions about how your life can go on. I work with people experiencing loss to move through the grief and to come to terms with what has happened, while developing a sense of what comes next.
This approach to therapy for depression isn’t just about you talking and me listening. We’re going to take active steps, from the first session, to give you tools that you can start using right away. We’re going to take advantage of techniques that have been proven in multiple studies over decades to reduce or eliminate depression.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, gives us practical skills that get right to the heart of anxiety. We’ll reduce your symptoms by taking active steps that you can learn and apply in your daily life. We’ll give you new tools for reducing your anxiety when you choose, so that you can deal effectively with concerns about the future without unnecessary suffering. We’ll work in ways that make sense to you, without confusing jargon or unclear goals.