I love working with couples to support them with the process of nurturing their relationship and elicit change towards positive interactions
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Tustin, CA
Cognitive behavioral therapy is an intervention that aims to improve mental health. CBT focuses on challenging and changing unhelpful cognitive distortions and behaviors, improving emotional regulation, and the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems. Its uses have been expanded to include treatment of a number of mental health conditions, including anxiety.
Attachment theory is a psychological model attempting to describe the dynamics of long-term and short-term interpersonal relationships between humans. "Attachment theory is not formulated as a general theory of relationships; it addresses only a specific facet": how human beings respond in relationships when hurt, separated from loved ones, or perceiving a threat.
Emotionally Focused Therapy's primary goal is to increase awareness along with regulating emotions. Utilizing this treatment orientation, the objective is to help clients cope with difficult and intense emotions. "Emotion transformation refers to the process of changing or transforming one emotion into another. The ability to transform a maladaptive emotion into an adaptive one is clearly a valuable skill, and research suggests that this is a purely emotion-based skill" (Greenberg, 2004)
Are you easily agitated or irritable? Do you become easily upset with your partner? Have there been times when it's easier to avoid a situation then have to address the issues? You may be identifying with anxious and/or avoidant attachment styles. I can help you identify your type of attachment style and find ways to better manage your emotions and communicate effectively with those closest to you.
Are you having trouble communicating with your partner? Do you feel misunderstood most of the time? Have your arguments become more frequent and escalated? Relationships are difficult to manage and sometimes you may feel that it may be easier to just give up on your partner and leave the relationship. I can help you gain a better understanding of each other and develop a healthier communication style. If you're relationship is worth saving, I'll help you replace the negative cycle.
Do you struggle with your anxiety and find it getting in the way to enjoy the things that you wish you can do again? Although some level of anxiety is normal, when it reaches the level of moderate to severe, it becomes problematic and you may find it difficult to function. I provide various coping strategies to help you manage you symptoms and help you discover the underlying causes that trigger your anxiety.