About My Clients
Many of my clients struggle with anxiety, depression, codependency, trauma, addiction & most with self esteem issues and/or maladaptive patterns of coping that have compromised their mental health and relationships. My clients range from people who are "figuring out who they are" to very high functioning professionals with 'imposter syndrome' who feel stuck in patterns. I also love working with couples/families trying to improve their communication & work on creating a healthier relationships.
My Background and Approach
I come from a 25+ prolific career in the entertainment industry (in over 300 episodes of tv/film) so I personally understand struggling with anxiety & depression. I earned the first specialization from a university in 'addiction and recovery' when I received my Masters degree in clinical psychology, and have worked at three dual diagnosis rehab centers over the past few years (currently working at two). I have worked with populations from teens to adults struggling with depression, anxiety and/or addiction. I connect with my clients through humor (when appropriate), honesty and authenticity, with an understanding that creating a safe and a collaborative environment are the keys to identifying and changing patterns of behavior that no longer serve the client. I tend to use a compilation of Narrative Therapy, CBT and with a humanistic approach. I love hearing "I didn't think I was a therapy person" from clients and then watching the positive transformation towards their goals!
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I am LGBTQIA affirmative, sex positive and understand the effects of someone struggling with a compromised self worth and difficulty with communicating. I believe in the 12 steps but I know they aren't for everyone and there is more than one way of handling addiction. I am spiritual but not religious and have found mindfulness to be a benefit to many clients and myself. I understand how high conflict divorces and the family court system can be emotionally (and financially) draining. I understand how 'imposter syndrome' causes us to get in our own way, and I believe that everyone has pain/trauma and addiction to varying degrees. The addiction may have less of a stigma than alcohol/drugs (work? exercise? shopping? online?) but it's important to understand and gain insight on how we choose to check out/numb ourselves, and what has contributed to our core beliefs about ourselves? As far as codependency goes...if there was a codependent park they would erect a statue of me! I get it.