Meaningful change starts with you.
Living life brings challenges from time to time. When we are faced with challenges that overwhelm us and we find that our usual solutions no longer seem to work, we feel stuck. My hope is that our collaborative conversation will help you get unstuck so that you can live a fuller life that aligns with your values and passions.
My approach to therapy is grounded in the person-centered approach, informed by the concept of neuroplasticity, which simply means practicing present-moment-awareness skills to strengthen the neural circuitry in areas of the brain responsible for each specific skill.
I have worked at the Kaiser Permanente Department of Psychiatry for 20 years, providing individual and group therapy to people struggling with anxiety, depression, life transition, and relationship challenges. I am a qualified MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) teacher and have taught 8-week MBSR classes.
For individual therapy, I incorporate short-term evidence-based approaches including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness-based techniques.
Conflict in a relationship is completely natural. Even the healthiest of couples experience some degree of conflict in their lives. The secret to navigating that conflict is addressing those issues head-on and not letting your less loving interactions define your relationship.
My approach to couples therapy is based on the Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) framework. EFT interventions have the power to re-establish secure and safe emotional attachment between couples. This modern approach has been proven through research to help facilitate fundamental changes in 70% of couples.
HOW DOES COUPLES THERAPY WORK?
Couples treatment starts with the intake, where I will ask you about your history as a couple and what brings you to therapy. During the first sessions we will begin building a relationship and seeing if we are a good fit. I will also be asking questions to get to know you both and what you need.
As treatment progresses, we will explore the negative cycles you get stuck in as a couple. At this stage, my goal is to assist couples in learning how to communicate their feelings more effectively and to respond to their partner's needs emphatically.
In the final stage of couples therapy, the couple will be able to hear and validate past experiences and hurt, and to safely express their needs. The couples will be able to recognize problematic relationship patterns and avoid slipping into old negative patterns. Consequently, couples will be able to slow down and make healthier and more satisfying relationship choices.
SCHEDULE YOUR FREE INITIAL PHONE CONSULTATION:
The client-therapist relationship is the most important predictor for a successful therapeutic outcome, and I understand that choosing a therapist can be an intimidating process. Therefore, I offer a free 20-minute initial phone consultation to explore whether we are a healthy therapeutic match or if I can refer you to other providers.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT 38564