Overcome anxiety and unhealthy patterns in your relationships, learn to regulate and calm emotions to build back confidence and trust.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA
Relationship issues are a common source of stress that can manifest in many forms such as poor communication, trust issues, feeling distant, or disconnected. I will guide you through effective communication strategies that will help you to rebuild trust, and foster emotional intimacy with others.
Codependency is using relationships as a way to validate yourself and or your worth. For example, "If this person is happy, then I am happy. If this person does not feel good, then I do not feel good." Codependency may take the form of people pleasing, difficulty with boundary setting, perfectionism, anxiety, and shame, as it can often stem from us not having the space to learn our needs and the safety to express them fully. I will help you begin prioritizing YOU without guilt or doubt.
The goal is to never fully eliminate anxiety, but to make it more manageable. Anxiety can be useful as it can help us prepare, survive in a dangerous situation, or work harder to succeed. On the other end of the spectrum, anxiety can be detrimental in that we can overthink, doubt ourselves, freeze up, or not speak up when we need to. Together, we can identify the sources of your anxiety so that you can learn healthier ways to cope when triggered.
Most of us have been taught to communicate passively, critically, or manipulatively––and that’s so normal to us that we don’t even realize we’re doing it. That is, until we find ourselves feeling powerless to get our needs met, repeating the same conflicts with those we love, and feeling alone or trapped in our relationships. The nonviolent framework provides a systematic approach by teaching us to be present to our own needs, feelings, and requests without blaming others or internalizing shame.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is based on the understanding that our emotional experiences are directly related to our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors – and therefore, it is possible to change our emotional experiences by examining and altering our thoughts and behaviors.
Psychodynamic therapy can help you learn to spot patterns in your feelings, behavior, and relationships and become aware of aspects of yourself that you may not have understood before. Once you have more insight and awareness into connections between past and present, you can work toward resolving repressed emotions and changing your behavior in the present.