“True freedom is being ‘without anxiety about imperfection.’” Tara Brach, quoting seventh-century Zen master Seng-tsan.
Marriage & Family Therapist in Mountain View, CA
There are different stages where someone might seek treatment for physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse in one's intimate relationship. Initial stages may be when the survivor is in crisis and just needs safety and stabilization. We would not go into any trauma work at that point. But eventually, as the person has attained physical safety and some distance from this relationship, deeper work can be done to help the person heal long-time wounds and move toward healthier relationships. Additionally, I can refer clients to needed support and shelter resources if necessary.
I have worked extensively with serious depression and understand what treatment options there are, how to help clients begin to move out of the depression, when to seek medical consultation, how to deal with suicidal thoughts.
I am experienced working with issues that frequently arise for women: disparate treatment, "people pleasing," nurturing everyone else but not oneself, feeling responsible for others and their behavior, difficulty setting boundaries, dissatisfaction with primary relationship, guilt over parenting issues.