Hi! My name is Amanda Chavez and I’m a psychotherapist at Anchor Therapy located in downtown Hoboken, NJ. I can help residents of NJ.
Licensed Professional Counselor in Hoboken, NJ
Historical/Intergenerational trauma involves understanding the impact of your ancestors' unresolved traumas and how it may repeat itself from generation to generation. My goal is to help you understand and break the cycle surrounding difficulties with emotionally immature or disconnected parent(s), boundaries, inner child healing, culture shock, 1st generation and 2nd generation distress, grief, loss, fear of failure, fear of intimacy and vulnerability, low self esteem, and self worth.
Depression indicates a sad mood that results in changes in thoughts and behavior. Some individuals experience uncontrollable crying, trouble sleeping, little appetite, tiredness, difficulty concentrating, little interest, feelings of failure, worthless, hopelessness, and suicidal ideation. My goal is to help you identify when your mood changes or intensifies and the automatic thoughts and feelings during that moment. It is also important to help you increase motivation to schedule activities.
Anxiety tells you to be fearful because there is some type of danger which leads to having physical symptoms such as heart racing, dizziness, sweating, nausea, body tension, and shortness of breath. Sometimes this fear is overestimated and the situation that occurs is not as severe or intense. My goal is to help you identify these automatic thoughts, learn relaxation techniques to tolerate the anxiety, and increase problem solving skills.
Trauma-focused therapy focuses on processing traumatic events to decrease the avoidance of the trauma, as well as, the people, places, thoughts, feelings, and memories related to the trauma. With a supportive therapist, trauma survivors can retrieve those repressed emotions and memories in a relaxed state through psychoeducation, relaxation techniques, in-vivo exposure, and discussing future safety measures.
Psychodynamic therapy focuses on helping you gain insight into your childhood and how it impacts your current life. Some examples include, examining your relationship with your parent(s) or caregivers, attachment styles, and how you engaged with your siblings, if any. My goal is to help you identify defense mechanisms, increase your confidence, understand your relationship with others, and achieve life goals.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) focuses on identifying and changing distorted and unhelpful thinking patterns. When you start to think realistically, you start to feel better. CBT sessions usually involve receiving homework assignments to do outside of therapy, such as: journaling, breathing exercises, verbalizing positive statements when you have a negative thought throughout the day, and scheduling activities that are fun and meaningful.