I help children, teens, and young adults explore their authentic goals in a safe space so they can implement meaningful change.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Sunnyvale, CA
I am passionate about working with teens. I use a client-centered approach to meet my client where they are and take the time to explore their areas of concern and identified areas of need. In providing a safe space where there aren't certain expectations, teens have an opportunity to feel heard and validated.
Anxiety happens when our stress response kicks on, even if there is no threat to our safety. This isn’t always a bad thing. Some level of anxiety can help us to feel motivated and to perform well in certain tasks. At a certain point though, anxiety can become debilitating and feel overwhelming, contributing to uncomfortable physical symptoms. I help my clients to better understand their anxiety and develop a new relationship with it using components of mindfulness.
Low self-esteem is often at the root of many emotional struggles that we experience in our day-to-day lives. I help individuals to explore their inner self-critic in order to become curious about where this part came from as well as to incorporate strategies for healing. Strengthening a sense of personal identity and getting in touch with what we know to be true helps to create a new experience with how we see ourselves.
I use components of TF-CBT (trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy), brainspotting, and somatic experiencing in order to create a trauma-informed environment and safe space for healing. I have been a part of consultation with Dr. Anthony Mannarino utilizing TF-CBT with clients experiencing various forms of trauma. I also have training in brainspotting for the treatment of trauma and know the importance of incorporating body work into trauma healing practices.
First and foremost, I believe in the importance of approaching my clients with unconditional positive regard as well as empathic attunement. In order for us to feel safe exploring ourselves as well as some of the challenging topics that often come up in therapy, it is important to feel there is a safe space for this process to unfold.
Mindfulness is a powerful tool in therapy and in daily practice as it allows us to experience some of the struggles in our lives in a new way. When we can learn to incorporate principles of mindfulness including the ability to be present with our thoughts and experiences without judgement and with kind attention, we can experience a shift in how we relate to ourselves and our identified stressors.