Empathic, authentic, strength-based, and mindfulness-oriented, I enjoy collaborating with clients seeking to thrive!
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Monica, CA
I use CBT techniques to help you identify and deactivate the thoughts that contribute to the anger you experience. This is a skill that you develop and I may provide homework exercises to support your progress.
I have years of working with adolescents in community mental health. I adapt my training in CBT and Psychodynamic training to assist adolescents working through school and social pressures (particularly during covid) but also with parents as they manage the frustration and mysteries of this age group.
Adjustment disorders pertain to sudden changes in one's life that result in some level of incapacitation or struggle to function. Typically they last for a finite period and I rely upon CBT, IPT and psychodynamic practices to facilitate a return to functioning. Sometimes after the adjustment has cleared, treatment continues as a way to maintain growth, and sometimes we terminate at that point.
My first eight years of treating clients, I worked within a psychodynamically-oriented community health agency where we incorporated weekly psychodynamic lectures (along with attachment-based theory) and supervision into our practice. I draw from this training as well as my own views of how early family experience and modeling informs our adult relationships. I see these early experiences as instrumental but not entirely formative as the work of therapy builds insight with which we can change.
In 2015, I became certified in IPT, an evidence-based practice that uses specific tools to facilitate the growth of social supports in one's life. I find this technique very helpful for people who may have always struggled to form relationships (such as introverts) or who through no fault of their own, have recently become more insular than they would like (e.g. due to covid).
I have been certified in M.A.P., a CBT-based practice since 2016 which to a large degree views our negative feelings as stemming from negative automatic thoughts about a situation. These thoughts served us once in our development but often they no longer do and may in fact inhibit our growth. I use a variety of tools based on CBT to tackle and disable the grips of depressive and anxious thinking.