Welcome. I'm so glad you are here. I am a clinical psychologist providing relational therapy for residents of California and New York.
Clinical Psychologist in Encinitas, CA
Through my PhD training, I have gained extensive experience integrating DBT into therapy with my clients. DBT is a skills-based therapy that is applicable (I believe!) to all humans, as its goals are truly universal in nature. DBT skills can help us to learn how to be more self-aware and mindful, to more effectively tolerate distress in our lives and manage challenging emotions, and to communicate with others more constructively. It can also help us understand our triggers and vulnerabilities.
My graduate training was primarily rooted in contemporary psychodynamic therapy. What this means is that our work together can incorporate safely exploring your emotions (even those that might be painful!), identifying recurring themes or patterns in your life, and talking about how your past experiences might still be impacting you in the present. I also believe that the relationship between therapist and client is critical and that we can use it to learn more about how you relate to others.
During my post-doctoral fellowship at the San Diego Veterans Affairs hospital, I gained significant experience in integrating cognitive behavioral techniques into my work with clients. Depending on the particular needs and goals of each client, CBT skills in our sessions can include gaining awareness of particular thought patterns that might be getting in your way, as well as practicing how to challenge those thoughts/beliefs and how to reframe them to be more helpful or self-compassionate.
I specialize in working with clients who are interested in more deeply understanding their relationship struggles and dynamics, whether with partners, friends, or family. This often includes helping clients who yearn to increase their sense of meaningful connection with others.
I have advanced post-graduate training in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders through Postpartum Support International (PSI). I am honored to walk alongside my clients on their journeys through pregnancy, postpartum, and parenthood.
I am passionate in working with clients struggling with grief or loss. Loss may include the death of a loved one, as well as other types of losses such as the loss of an important piece of your identity, the loss of a friendship, the end of a particular phase of life, etc. With any type of loss, I believe that allowing space to grieve is vital to our healing and ability to move forward. I also have a particular love for helping adults process the death of a parent early in life.
Many of my clients are working through challenging life transitions, whether that may be graduating college, starting a new job, becoming a parent, examining their sexuality and gender identity, a big move cross country, etc. No matter what you are experiencing or working through, I would be honored to help support you through these painful changes and transitions.
Many of my clients are interested in more deeply understanding their relationship struggles and interpersonal patterns, whether with partners, friends, family, or coworkers. This often includes helping clients who yearn to increase their sense of meaningful connection with others.