How I work
Are you someone who struggles to ignore that voice in your head that is constantly telling you how things "should" be? The voice that tells you the kind of job you should have, the sort of relationship that you should be in, or the type of parent that you should be?
Or maybe you have a child that is struggling with their own set of shoulds. They aren't sure how they should act, and it's interfering with friendships. They aren't sure how they should feel, and it's causing struggles at home. They're struggling to find their own voice and learning how to deal with BIG feelings.
I get it. We all have an image in our heads of how we think everything should be. But the problem with defining ourselves by our shoulds is that all too often, we find that we come up short. I work with children and adults to reduce feelings of anxiety, depression, inadequacy, and dissatisfaction by eliminating thoughts about what you should be and instead building upon and celebrating what you already are.
Think about how freeing it would be to exist in a world where they way things are is exactly they way they should be.
I very much believe that my clients are the experts of their own experiences. You are the only one who knows what it's like to be you. My role as a therapist is to provide the space and support for you to break through the mental and emotional blocks that are getting in the way of you accessing the very best version of yourself. With children, my job is to provide them with the tools and words to express big emotions in ways that are empowering and effective, laying the foundation for a strong emotional self as an adult.
I favor a holistic approach to treatment that relies heavily on a mind-body connection. While our feelings and emotions are tricky and complex, our bodies are pretty good at sending us straightforward messages and learning how to listen for and respond to those messages is integral to our mental health. I am a strength based and solution focused therapist. This means that we focus on what works, rather than what isn't working.
In treatment, I borrow from attachment and psychodynamic theories that help me gain an understanding of who you are within the context of your life experience. As I have a strong background in behavioral based interventions, I will often incorporate a great deal of cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, rational emotive strategies into my work, as these types of interventions tend to bring the most immediate relief.
In my work with children, I look at the whole child and their cumulative experiences. Through play, art, behavioral interventions, and parent involvement I work on managing anxiety and developing greater emotional regulation, reducing challenging behaviors, and developing social skills that support improved functioning across environments. I am certified in UCLA's Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS) which allows me to incorporate strong, evidenced based tools into my work.
Ultimately, I embrace a collaborative approach to treatment where we will work together to determine a treatment plan that meets your needs and that you feel comfortable with.