Hello! I would love the opportunity to support you with your present struggles and future goals.
Clinical Psychologist in Pasadena, CA
Depression is tricky because it can manifest in many different ways. It has been said that depression is anger turned inward. Repressing feelings or not being about talk to someone about what is going on can increase feelings of depression due to isolation and alienation. Psychotherapy is an excellent treatment for depression because it provides a safe space to process emotions and a compassionate place to talk about the things that feel impossible to share with friends or family.
Integrative therapy is exactly what it sounds like. I integrate a variety of different treatments, and practices into the more traditional model of therapy. Psychotherapy is a powerful tool for healing and uncovering hidden qualities that may be influencing you and your life without your awareness, but talking is not the only way to access those more shadowy parts of the self. Some other ways of gaining more insight are meditation, mindfulness, journaling, the Tarot, nature therapy.
Psychodynamic Therapy is the cornerstone of all mental health treatment. This form of therapy has been around for decades, and it's essential that it be a part of any good treatment plan.Psychodynamic Therapy is a form of talk therapy that oscillates between the past, present, and future with the intention of using the information gained to better understand who you are, and how you experience the world. This type of therapy is insight-oriented, which means you can expect to look inward a lot.
Holistic Therapy considers the whole person. This includes the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual realms of wellbeing. In Holisitic Therapy you are able to work on the mind-body connection, the gut-brain connection, the psycho-spiritual connection, and the psycho-physiological aspects of your health. This type of therapy also considers your life phase, where you are developmentally, your diet, values, and life choices.
We are all relational beings with unique needs and desires, but we don't always learn how to BE in relationship to others. Therapy can offer the deeper insights needed to resolve conflicts so we can give and receive from a place of love and not fear. Relationship struggles are often connected to early attachments so working on the past can transform the present ways we are relating with others.
Anxiety can be situational or chronic, but it is one of the most uncomfortable experiences to be enduring. Anxiety doesn't have one root cause which is why medication is not always the best option. There are many natural ways to reduce symptoms of anxiety including diet, lifestyle changes, and spiritual practice.
I view anxiety as a diagnosis and a symptom of something going on beneath the surface of the psyche. Some people are biochemically more inclined to being anxious while others feel symptoms of anxiety due to a circumstance or life situation. Regardless of the source, understanding what contributes to or exacerbates anxiety and getting the right coping skills can make all the difference. I provide concrete practices to reduce anxiety, and I also get to the root cause to provide long-term relief.
Parenting has always been life's hardest job, but in the current culture, we have an epidemic of burnt-out parents, especially moms. I have worked extensively with pregnant and new mothers throughout my career and I have specialized training in post-partum depression. My approach to supporting mothers is based on mindful parenting, attachment style theory, and practical tools to reduce chaos and improve the positive experience all moms want to be having.
Ecotherapy is a burgeoning field in mental health that brings in the natural world as co-therapist. Ecotherapy works as a healing modality because the deep affiliations we have with other life forms and nature as a whole are rooted in our biology making it possible to reduce stress and balance the nervous system naturally. Ecotherapy can be practiced using metaphor and meditative practices or sessions can take place in nature.
This is a great therapy modality for individuals who want to focus on very specific goals and clear outcomes. This type of therapy often includes home practices, behavioral activation to help with motivation, psychoeducation, and coping skills. Solution Focused Therapy is useful for conditions like anxiety, burnout, stress reduction, and life transitions.
The later years of life can bring pain and suffering, but this phase can also be a right of passage and an opportunity to discover one's true calling and purpose. It's easy to focus on the natural decay and loss while missing the true benefits and beauty of growing older. My work with aging challenges cultural views to make way for a more honest and expansive lens of what it means to grow older. I also focus on sustaining health, quality of life, and coping with this phase of life.
While I cannot claim to be an expert in ASD, I am very aware of how hard it can be to find a therapist who understands ASD in adults. Most of my work with ASD tends to focus on self-acceptance, self-compassion, and providing a clearer understanding of the neurotypical world to reduce frustration and burnout. I am open and willing collaborate on care whether there is a formal diagnosis or a suspicion of being on the spectrum.
Even though therapy is supposed to be a safe space for everyone, it simply isn't enough to just say that it is. LGBTQ patients need to trust that the unique and universal struggles being faced are addressed with full compassion and understanding. Being an ally as a psychologist is a high priority for me and I'm honored to provide services to the LGBTQ community with full dedication to respecting and honoring the specific needs of each individual and their loved ones.