Psychotherapy

Sometimes psychotherapy (we often simply call it “therapy”) is the best way to address your problems. These problems might include depression, or all the emotions of going through a major life transition (such as divorce or career transition), or grief (including grief regarding loss of a pet), or anxiety. Maybe your health provider prescribed psychotropic medication and/or recommended that you seek therapy. There are many therapists, and many approaches to therapy.

The therapeutic relationship is a key factor in therapy’s success. It’s important to feel comfortable enough with your therapist that you can discuss difficult issues, yet maintain the boundaries of the professional relationship. It’s important to feel that your therapist respects you and your current problems, and is able to understand what you’re going through while maintaining his/her objectivity. It’s important that your therapist has enough maturity to work with you on your issues. It’s important to feel that your therapist is willing to work cooperatively with any other health professionals you are working with (e.g., physician, psychiatrist). Please remember that it does take some time and effort to develop any relationship.

There are many approaches to therapy. My approach to therapy is “eclectic,” meaning that I draw from several theoretical perspectives in working with my clients. These include interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, and psychodynamic. I am trained in clinical hypnosis and guided imagery as well as mindfulness meditation. I respect the spiritual background of all my clients, their sexual orientation and their life experiences. I have over 20 years’ experience as a psychologist working with people, and I continue to attend workshops and trainings to learn more. Everyone is unique and every situation is unique, so cookie-cutter approaches that treat everyone the same just won’t work! I treat you as the individual you are. We’ll talk about your problem and its background, we’ll talk about the solutions you’ve already explored, and we’ll be sure you have some goals for feeling better and moving forward in your life.

During our sessions, I’m interactive and fully present with you. Frequently I assign homework, so that you’re actively working on your issues between sessions. After all, most of your life occurs outside my office, and that’s where you are most likely to notice changes.

Here are some issues that my psychotherapy clients frequently experience when they start therapy:

  • depression
  • anxiety (including panic attacks, phobias, and obsessions or compulsions)
  • overwhelming stress (including post-traumatic stress)
  • relationship difficulties
  • grief (including pet loss)
  • major life transitions (divorce, retirement, miscarriage, graduation, career changes)
  • poor self esteem
  • difficulty adjusting after a trauma (accident, surgery, childhood trauma)

Please call (916) 990-7733 if you have questions, if you want to see if I might be able to help you with your issues, or if you’re ready to schedule your first appointment and start moving forward.

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