I am a very passionate psychotherapist who has worked in the field for over 30 years offering individual, couples, family and group counseling for adults, children and teenagers. I specialize in working with people going through life transitions and personal changes. My clients are experiencing life stress and human relationship issues. I believe that people have tremendous potential to change their lives. I believe that offering a warm, supportive relationship in which you are able to trust your therapist allows you to make the necessary changes in your life.
I love to coach people in overcoming obstacles in their lives. These obstacles may be related to building confidence, resolving conflicts in an intimate relationship, or overcoming traumatic experiences. I use various strategies to work through these issues successfully. I use some very powerful short term therapies that can help you recover and feel better than you ever have in just a few short sessions.
Some of the powerful strategies I use in my work include: EMDR, imagery and systematic desensitization, cognitive behavioral approaches and couples and family therapy. These strategies are helpful in reducing the negative effects of trauma and to assist in performing at optimal levels. We will explore your personal strengths and guide you in building on them as you continue your life’s journey.
I am a very interactive therapist who would love to assist you in achieving your personal, professional and relationship goals. My approach is to empower you to be your own best agent for change as you continue on your life path. Bring your vision of living your life to the fullest.
I see clients for a variety of reasons. Some of those include the following:
Individual Therapy: Anxiety and depression related to life transitions and personal changes, relationship issues, stress, trauma, co-dependency issues, addiction issues, affairs, unresolved conflict, divorce, bi-polar depression, work place issues, family problems, marital problems, anger management, and grief.
Marriage Counseling: Couples therapy, marital therapy, family therapy, dating, divorce, blended families, parenting issues
. In particular a use a family systems approach that incorporates the work of John Gottman, who has done the best research in the field of couples work to enable people to have a successful relationships In addition, I incorporate attachment theory and emotionally focused therapy to build closeness and trust and to strengthen your attachment to to others whom you care about.
Date Coaching: Making healthy partner choices for those who are dating, thinking of dating, and want to fall in love for all of the right reasons
Back Pain Management: The psychological effects of back and neck pain, pain and stress management strategies to enable you to " live your life to the fullest in spite of it all."
EMDR: To overcome traumatic effects of a trauma including child abuse, adult abuse, trauma related to war, reduce anxiety and depression, enhance self-esteem, desensitize triggers to addictive behaviors, overcome shyness, enhance coping skills, reduce pain
Assertiveness Training: To build self-esteem and to get more of what you want out of life
Coaching: To enhance performance in meeting the challenges in personal and professional relationships
I have a master degree from Santa Clara, California in Counseling Psychology. I have a license as a Marriage and Family Therapist. I am certified in EMDR. I am in the process of obtaining a Certification as an addictions counselor. I am a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapist.
I have extensive experience working with children, adolescents, individuals, couples and families. In addition, I have experience working with addiction and family members who have been affected by the addiction of a loved one. I worked in a Children’s Department of a mental health center for several years. I also worked with teenagers for several years. I worked in an alcohol and drug treatment program for a few years providing psycho-education for people who were addicted to drugs and/or alcohol and their families.
In addition, I provide a number of psycho-educational workshops and training and consultation for personal and family development. Some of these include:
Healthy Partner Choices using Conscious Dating Strategies
Assertiveness Training and Building Personal Strengths
Good-Bye Back Attack:
A pain and stress management program for people with neck and back problems
Coaching for Performance Enhancement
Pamper yourself. Make you the priority in your life today. Pick up the phone and call me. I look forward to our journey together.