I provide exclusively online therapy in the state of California.
Clinical Psychologist in Encinitas, CA
Whether you are beginning your career, trying to increase your effectiveness in your work, or preparing for retirement, career counseling can help clarify your vocational identity. Experiencing a good fit with your work is crucial for both satisfaction and productivity. Who you are and what you bring to your work transcends employment status and job title, and understanding yourself more deeply can help you get the most out of your career.
Everyone experiences loss, and grief is the normal responses we have to those losses. There is no one right way to grieve, but going through the grieving process can be disorienting and lonely. To further complicate things, grief can be concrete (a person, place, or thing) and it can be abstract (hopes, dreams, expectations). Depending on the season of grief we are in, we may need someone to talk to, someone to help us move forward, or someone simply to be there with us.
Although religious communities intend to be places of purpose and belonging, sometimes they can also be places where we experience deep wounds and disillusionment. Spiritual abuse and religious trauma can be difficult to identify. It can manifest through gaslighting, manipulation, abuses of power or many other painful experiences that are disguised as religious values or spiritual practices. Therapy can help provide clarity and direction towards a healthy spiritual life.
Dialectical thinking is all about wrestling with seemingly contradictory perspectives. Dialectical behavior therapy is uniquely structured to help clients overcome internal struggles through skills based training in the areas of mindfulness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. Although it was originally developed to treat borderline personality disorder, research has supported its use to treat mood disorders, trauma, and substance use disorders.
Psychodynamic therapy is a depth-oriented approach that aims to help clients understand their own internal world better. Therapeutic exploration may include looking at emotional expression, early childhood experiences, relational patterns, and barriers to a fully integrated experience of life. By developing insight into these themes and patterns, clients can increase their sense of agency and choose new paths for themselves.
A relational approach takes into account the importance of the relationship between the client and the therapist in the process of change through therapy. This means examining the client-therapist dynamics and seeing how it might reflect other relational patterns in the client's life. Therapy can act as a "laboratory" for trying out new approaches to interpersonal relationships to be applied in the "real world."