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Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Encinitas, CA
Before I started my private practice, I worked as the Clinical Director of a treatment center specializing in clients with complex trauma. I have experience using EMDR, mindfulness, and other modalities to help clients heal and move from being stuck in past trauma, to growth and flourishing.
One of the hardest things about depression is that many of things that would help us, are the last things we feel capable of doing! This can range from reaching out to a therapist to getting outside and exercising. I know this from personal experience. The good news is, there are a number of tools that are very effective in helping you move forward, drawing from neuroscience, mindfulness, and holistic approaches.
As someone who has experienced panic attacks myself, I know how awful anxiety can feel, and how it can hold you back from enjoying your life in the way you would want to. Over the years, I have learned many practical tools from different therapy approaches that can help you greatly reduce anxiety symptoms, overcome longstanding fears and worries, and truly enjoy your life again.
EMDR, or eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing, uses eye movements or other ways of engaging the body and the brain in order to change the way that traumatic memories are stored. Clients are often able to experience significant relief from PTSD symptoms in a relatively short period of time using this approach, and I've found that healing from past traumas can also open up new areas of personal growth!
I have practiced mindfulness and meditation for many years, and am always happy to share this approach with clients. Even if you have never meditated before, or have struggled with it in the past, there are many ways to connect with the present moment in order to help overcome troublesome symptoms or enhance your sense of wellbeing in day-to-day life. Mindfulness is not just for monks! In fact, the busier or more stressed you are, the more you can benefit from this approach.
I love ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) because of the way it combines timeless teachings like mindfulness and acceptance with an emphasis on clarifying your core values and taking action based on them! I love doing values work with clients, and this is consistently one my clients' favorite parts of our work together: getting clear about core values, setting goals and taking action based on them to actively create a more meaningful and fulfilling life.