With me as your therapist, you will experience the inherent value of the healing power of relationship.
Clinical Social Worker in Pasadena, CA
I have lived experience with anxiety disorders and take a peer-oriented approach to treating them. Anxiety is simply a group of adaptive traits that evolved to protect us. When we have anxiety disorders these traits are now on overdrive and ruining our day-to-day existence. We will work together to understand what anxiety is, how it works, and how to get a handle on it. As a trained and published scientist, I can help you understand this issue in depth.
Using techniques such as exposure and response prevention, I will help you face your fears and conquer OCD once and for all. Don't let it creep in further into your day-to-day life. I am trained in evidence-based protocols to help you escape the prison that is OCD. While many in society see "being OCD" as a joke or a personality trait, it is actually a crippling and debilitating issue that likely developed to protect you. Let's get it under control together.
I am trained in methods to reduce the distress that a person feels surrounding panic disorder. The irony of panic is that the acceptance and welcoming of it is how one heals. I will teach you techniques to ground yourself in the moment and recognize what is going on with your body when you are experiencing a panic attack. You don't have to suffer any longer.
I take a person-center, peer-oriented approach to recovery from mental health challenges. I see most issues as normal responses to an abnormal world. I am highly skeptical of the medical model of treatment and believe that most of us have the answers to our problems inside of us and are just in need of some guidance and outside perspective. I don't believe in pathologizing my clients but, rather, look at their whole-person wellbeing including social supports, interests, aspirations, and goals.
I am a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor. I offer in-person equine-assisted psychotherapy in Pasadena, CA. I have over 40 years of experience with horses and believe they can teach us a great deal about ourselves. Equines are partners in my treatment and you will be outside and in nature which also adds to your healing.
I am a Diplomate & Certified CBT Therapist through the Academy of Cognitive & Behavioral Therapies.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is an evidence-based treatment for trauma and can also address issues such as confidence, performance, and maladaptive responses to "little t" traumas.