I am a strength-based and person-centered therapist who works to support neurodivergent individuals and help them thrive.
Therapist in Lafayette, CA
Living with high sensitivity can feel intense, overwhelming, and even scary at times, and I am here to support you and discover ways to manage and even thrive in your sensitivity. I understand struggling with the worry that no one will believe you when you describe your sensitivity, fearing that you will be pathologized or stigmatized due to your experience, and questioning if anyone can even empathize with you and your struggle; I plan on being the provider who honors your experience.
Neurodivergent individuals tend to struggle with moderate to severe anxiety that can be debilitating. As someone who works with anxiety, I know the fear of never being good "enough", and of wondering if your intensity is "too much" for others. I work to help clients learn to manage and cope with their anxiety, and even utilize it as tool to tell us when something is not beneficial for us and to focus in more on self-kindness and self-compassion. I help clients learn to work through their fears.
Since I began in the mental health field I have been working with people who are Autistic and families of those with ASD. I know the limitations and struggles an Autistic person may live with, and I help guide my clients who are Autistic to a sense of understanding and self-acceptance. I support clients in thriving by exploring their needs, and helping them meet them, whether that is gaining social skills, exploring meaning, or discovering more about their neurodivergence and who they are.
Being a person-centered therapist means that many of my decisions in therapy come from the following question: what is healing for this specific person sitting across from me? It is extremely important and necessary for me to work towards understanding your life from your point of view, and I therefore incorporate empathy, unconditional positive regard, and authenticity into each session so self-exploration feels safe.
We all come from different backgrounds and places, which is why I identify myself as an integrative therapist, meaning I utilize different theories from psychology to find which ones best suite you and your process. With each client I see I draw from certain theoretical approaches I believe can best guide them to reaching their goals.
We must strive to be our authentic selves, while grappling with questions around the nature of the human condition such as beginning to search for meaning, accepting being alone, and deciding on our fate. Existential Therapy strives to teach people that they are free and to identify things that block their freedom, while also becoming more aware of the self and accepting responsibility for certain events in the past.