I'm a licensed clinical psychologist, specializing in individual and couples therapy for anxiety, trauma, and PTSD.
Psychologist in Long Beach, CA
You've lived through a traumatic event, and no matter what you do, the memories haven't gone away. you're tired of feeling anxious all the time, and you wish you could slow down and enjoy time with your family and friends. You don't want to lose y our job or your relationship, and you're worried about what might happen if you continue on this path. If you and/or your partner are struggling with symptoms of PTSD, therapy can help you feel better - it is possible to heal from trauma/PTSD.
People have said that you might have PTSD, but what does that even mean? You've lived through some difficult events, but plenty of other people have been through worse. You worry that PTSD means that you are crazy, and you don't want people to treat you differently. You're concerned that being labeled with PTSD will have negative consequences, and that has stopped you from asking for help. If you and/or your partner may be experiencing PTSD- it is possible to heal from the past.
You love your partner, but lately it seems like you're snapping at each other more than ever and everyone is walking on eggshells. You feel disconnected and distant, and you wonder if you'll ever feel close to your partner again. You want things to get better, but you don't know where to start. I help couples who are feeling disconnected and anxious, but providing a roadmap to strengthen your relationship and strategies to improve your communication.
I specialize in individual and couples therapy for trauma/PTSD, including evidence-based treatments: Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Prolonged Exposure (PE), Written Exposure Therapy (WET), and Cognitive-Behavioral Conjoint Therapy (CBCT). In therapy, I strive to understand your unique background and experiences, while providing a roadmap to help you heal from the past so you can build a stronger future.
Emotionally Focused Therapy is an evidence-based treatment for couples, focusing on the patterns of communication that happen in the relationship. I help couples learn to identify your cycle of conflict, so you can predict (and avoid!) patterns that lead to arguing, feeling on edge, and being stuck in the pain of disconnection. In EFT, couples learn how to stop the cycle of conflict, as well as how to find new levels of safety and connection with one another to strengthen your bond.
With Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approaches, I help clients identify the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that may be contributing to their symptoms and distress. By focusing on their unique background/experiences, I help clients make meaning of their experiences so they can reduce distress and build more meaningful relationships and interactions. *For individuals from oppressed group(s), this includes acknowledging the ongoing impact of current and/or historical oppression.