I treat anxiety, depression and PTSD for life to become more purposeful, restoring creative and soulful alignment to the higher Self.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA
I have a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology, with many advanced trainings in Jungian Therapy, known also as Analytical Psychology or Depth Psychology. These include Certification in Jungian Studies, and ongoing Sandplay Training from the C. G. Jung Institute. I attend weekly educational seminars in psychoanalytic counseling with Jungian Analysts in the international and local communities.
I use Brainspotting with The Crocodile Set-Up for Addiction Relapse Cessation, developed by Dr. Roby Ables to treat behaviors clients previously felt they had little to no control over, including addictions, leaving toxic relationships, self-harm, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD), Tourette's symptoms, as well as food compulsions, eating disorders, and other behaviors which happen in a dissociative state. Often these patterns occurs in combination with each other treated together.
I use Brainspotting with The Crocodile Set-Up for Addiction Relapse Cessation, developed by Dr. Roby Ables, to treat behaviors clients feel out-of-control with, including addictions, leaving toxic relationships, self-harm, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD), Tourette's symptoms, as well as food compulsions, eating disorders, and other behaviors which happen in a dissociative state. Often many behaviors occur together as negative coping mechanisms, and we work on one at a time.
Depression and Anxiety are classical symptoms of PTSD, where clients repeatedly become triggered by ordinary life. The self-perpetuating cycle often activates powerful inner shaming in clients with a harsh inner critic. I help clients release these patterns through Somatic Experiencing (body-focused treatments), Brainspotting (brain-based changes prompted from advanced EMDR research methods), and Mindful Awareness techniques.
Artistry not required! I use active imagination to explore images, symbols, and dreams. These share a common thread in containing messages from the unconscious. Psyche communicates to us in the world of symbols and images. I have specialized training in Dream Analysis, Painting Therapy, Spontaneous Drawing, and am currently enrolled in a 2-year Sandplay training working with symbolic image creation. Let’s decipher the messages from your unconscious to realize your higher Self!
I use body-work to guide clients in releasing their trauma histories. When trauma occurs early in life before language skills are fully developed, the trauma automatically becomes stored in the body. Symptoms of pain, repeated injuries, and even susceptibility to illness can all be signs of unprocessed childhood trauma. When we work somatically, we release the emotions stored in the body to relieve the physical symptoms and postural habits.
I use body-work to guide clients in releasing their trauma histories. When trauma happens before clients have developed the language skills to speak of the complexity of traumatic situations, the trauma automatically becomes stored in their bodies. Symptoms of pain, repeated injuries, and even susceptibility to illness can all be signs of unprocessed childhood trauma. When we work somatically, we release the emotions stored in the body to relieve the physical symptoms and postural habits.
The landscape of depression treatment has changed from medication being the only option. Depression sedates us, making us sluggish, slowing our thoughts, making isolation appealing. Even common experiences such as divorce can activate negative brain changes. I use Brainspotting techniques to rewire the brain for healthier responses to overwhelming situations. Then I move in with Relational Therapy, Dream Analysis, and Expressive Arts Therapies.
Anxiety results from your body & psyche’s efforts to draw attention to something deeply unconscious. Think of Anxiety as a messenger that you are troubled by an unknowable thought, action, or pattern that feels dangerous to bring to awareness. Something that goes against your rules and patterns. When we realize the underpinnings, anxiety can be helpful in identifying negative patterns and beliefs from childhood. Let's shine a light on your anxiety as an opening to rewriting life-rules.
My view of Alcohol or Substance Abuse is that it sources from loneliness and abandonment. Feeling forsaken, we turn to substances when our early attachment figures could not ease our pain. Substances become substitutes for secure attachment figures…always there when you need them, never to be abandoned again. Dependence is also an ailment of the Soul. Healing occurs through the attachment relationship in therapy, ultimately extending to renewed connection with humanity, light and love.
When traumatic events happen when our nervous systems are immature, we are at risk of developing PTSD later in life. Any kind of loss, such as bereavement from the loss of relationship with loved ones, grief from losing a pet, or despair from witnessing or experiencing violence, compound already at-risk nervous systems. I use Brainspotting, Depth Therapy, Art Therapy, Sandplay, Dream Analysis, and Somatics, to reduce life-limiting symptoms, restoring vital life energy for future possibilities.
Early relational trauma: loneliness, unreliable caregivers, abuse, abandonment, shaming, -can result in lifelong patterns of disordered eating and substance abuse. Bulimic binging, Anorexic restricting, or using an addictive “drug of choice” fills-in for an insecure attachment until we break the pattern. We work to find the “right fit” in Relational Therapy, Archetypal Analysis, Psychoanalysis, Brainspotting, -re-connecting to the Soulful identity you were meant to be!
I hold a Certificate in Jungian Studies: C.G. Jung Institute, Los Angeles, and am working towards becoming a Certified IAAP Jungian Analyst: C.G. Jung Institute, Zurich, Switzerland. Jungian Analysis/Depth Therapy is a personalized experience of finding our own personal mythology through deep engagement with the unconscious. We explore Dreams, Symbology, Shadow, Creativity, Phenomenon, Images, and your personal associations in connecting to your Psyche’s soulful longings for this life-journey.