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Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA
Anxiety is characterized by excessive worry, fear, restlessness, fatigue, impaired concentration, irritability, increased muscle aches or soreness, and lack of sleep. Psychotherapy helps increase your insight for the onset and results of anxiety and improves your ability to regulate your mood in ways that improve your life. Learn self-soothing and relaxation techniques, increase feelings of safety, gain insight into patterns and origin of anxiety, and decrease anxiety and panic attack symptoms.
Depression is characterized by depressed mood, markedly diminished interest or pleasure, fatigue or loss of energy, feelings of worthlessness, excessive or inappropriate guilt, diminished ability to think or concentrate or indecisiveness, recurrent thoughts of death. Listening deeply to the voice of depression can help untangle self-limiting beliefs. Therapy helps you learn techniques for grounding and meaning-making, increase self-esteem, gain insight into patterns and origin of depression.
According to trauma expert, Judith Herman, the many symptoms of post-traumatic stress fall into three main categories. "Hyperarousal" reflects the persistent expectation of danger. "Intrusion" reflects the indelible imprint of the traumatic moment. "Constriction" reflects the numbing response of surrender. During a therapeutic process, you gain awareness for personal triggers, stress-reduction, trust-building, and integration of traumatic events - reconnecting with inner peace and resilience.
Somatic or Body-Centered psychology supports the direct experience of the body. Movement, sensation, perception, feeling, and intuition arise from the nervous system. By engaging awareness of our visceral natures, we gain greater capacity for emotional safety, relational integrity, and personal and collective wisdom. Many psychological theories, like attachment, object relations, and intersubjective theory, are significantly enhanced with a somatic orientation.
A relational approach is humanistic and person-centered. It views individuals as containing an innate capacity to heal from within; we can understand our problems and have the resources within ourselves to resolve them. Therapy from a relational perspective rests in the relationship between the client and therapist, has a flexible structure, and is minimally directive.
Within psychodynamic approaches, depth and Jungian orientations offer a creative view of the human psyche. The presence of story, imagination, dream-tending, art, expression, association, intuition, and the numinous are appreciated within the therapeutic relationship. These elements help to reveal unconscious material, personal, and collective complexes that are influencing one’s life and relationships.