Supporting people in overcoming the pain of anxiety as well as healing their relationships is the most rewarding work I can imagine.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Treating anxiety in its many forms is the general focus of my practice. I particularly look at how anxiety affects overall life enjoyment as well as our relationships. I approach anxiety with evidence-based treatment interventions grounded in cognitive behavioral as well as mindfulness-based practices.
As a member of the LGBTQ Community myself, I have always had a specific focus on matters that affect us especially with regard to gender and social justice issues. I thoroughly embrace narrative therapy which looks at our life stories and how struggles relate to societal oppression and how we can deconstruct the stories that make us suffer and create our own stories of belonging and life enjoyment.
Having struggled with OCD myself as a child, I was very excited to have the opportunity to receive training and experience in evidence-based treatment for OCD at UCSF in San Francisco. I therefore made it one of the specialties of my private practice to offer ERP and CBT for OCD. I also incorporate Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and am beginning to incorporate inference based therapy approaches which are emerging as another option to treat OCD.
Our relationships are often the most important things in our life which is why I love to work with couples and incorporate Interventions from various couples therapy approaches. I’m trained in emotionally focused therapy, Gottman informed therapy as well as relational life therapy. I tailor treatment to the needs of the couple and look at “what works best.“
The way our thoughts, feelings and actions play together is the focus of CBT and it’s offsprings such as DBT, as well as ACT. These approaches are the foremost evidence based treatments for anxiety, and depression m. More specialized treatments for example for OCD as well as PTSD are also grounded in the foundations of CBT. I have thorough training and experience in CBT-based therapy work.
Narrative therapy looks at the stories of our life that we have learned, that we continue to tell ourselves and that help us make meaning. These stories are not fixed however, but they are influenced by what we have been told as children, what society tells us and they can contribute to suffering. We can deconstruct stories that make us suffer and find threads that are more true to who we really are and that will let us feel grounded in our authentic selves.