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Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA
Relationship distress can make conversations speed up into intense feelings and quickly feel out of control. My job is to hit the pause button and invite you to reflect on what is happening for you as we talk: what are you feeling and thinking? What do you imagine your partner is thinking or feeling? So often the parts of our inner experience that matter the most do not make it into the conversation! Together, our work is to notice all these details and include them in the conversation.
Adulthood doesn’t come with a manual. In many ways, we are all still the same children we were before, walking through life now in bigger “adult” bodies. We carry with us all the experiences, beliefs, and worldviews of childhood, which inevitably shape how we manage our lives and relationships today. Bringing awareness to the role our past plays in our present provides an opportunity to decide whether the beliefs and worldview we developed are still serving us. With awareness comes choice.
Whether you feel your relationship with drugs/alcohol is a "problem", or are just questioning the role it has in your life. Exploring the role substances play in your life can be a vulnerable experience with many uncomfortable feelings or memories attached. I have experience working with substance abuse/dependence from both an abstinence and harm reduction framework. My stance is that there is no "right way" to work through this and I fully trust in your ability to decide what is right for you.