(She/her) Associate Clinical Social worker, psychotherapist, & writer born and raised in Los Angeles and practicing telehealth in CA.
Associate Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA
Supervised by Zoë Kahn, LCSW
Relational Therapy values the relationship between the client and therapist to work through psychological and behavioral issues. Relationships are considered central to mental/emotional health and the therapeutic relationship is used to help facilitate awareness, growth, and positive change. The concepts of Relational Therapy are Relatedness, Transference and Countertransference between the client and therapist, Enactment, Projective Identification, Intersubjectivity, and Self-Disclosure.
Psychodynamic therapy is effective for a wide range of mental health symptoms and focuses on the way our unconscious manifests through present behavior. Through talk-therapy, one of the primary treatment goals is to cultivate self-awareness and better understand how experiences of the past influence present thought patterns and behavior. This includes analyzing and verbalizing past experiences and traumas in an open and direct way and may also include the interpretation of symbols and metaphors.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy encourages you to embrace your thoughts and feelings instead of rejecting them or feeling guilty for having them. The six principles of this treatment includes: cognitive defusion (seeing thoughts and feelings for what they are instead of identifying with it), expansion and acceptance, connection with the present moment, observing your thoughts and self without judgement, clarification, and committed action to changing your situation. ACT includes mindfulness.
PTSD and Complex PTSD encompasses a wide range of traumas and typically co-occurs with depression and/or anxiety. Risk factors include childhood trauma (see the Adverse Childhood Experience Study and determine your score if you find it helpful), having a close family member with a mental health issue, intergenerational trauma, isolation and lack of support, traumatic life events, abusive/manipulative relationships (relational trauma), and gender, physical, racial discrimination.
Depression depends on intensity and duration. It can include: sleep problems, digestive issues, changes in routine and appetite, fatigue/exhaustion, agitation/restlessness, physical pain, sexual dysfunction, headaches, and trouble concentrating. Consequently, it causes significant disruption in daily life, relationships, work, and the ability to complete tasks and get things done. It can be caused by a combination of genes, brain structure, life events, and childhood trauma.
Depression depends on intensity and duration. It can include: sleep problems, chest pain, digestive issues, changes in routine and appetite, fatigue/exhaustion, agitation/restlessness, physical pain, sexual dysfunction, headaches, and trouble concentrating. Consequently, it causes significant disruption daily life, relationships, work, and ability to complete tasks and get things done. It can be caused on by a combination of genes, brain structure, life events, and childhood trauma.
There are many reasons why we experience anxiety and its impact on our lives. One way to think of it is our natural reaction to stress, trauma, or something alerting us to what does not feel comfortable. There are 10 different types of anxiety and it's important to know which ones you are experiencing in order to properly treat it. Anxiety has different forms and can co-occur with depression and PTSD which can be treatable with therapy, mindfulness, and/or medication.