Psychotherapy ServicesNorth County
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As a licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years experience, I know how to treat depression. Depression is a very common and devastating condition. It affects your self-esteem and motivation to enjoy life, your ability to concentrate and work, and often effects your relationships. I use a variety of affective treatment approaches tailored to your unique needs to reduce your depressive symptoms as quickly as possible. My goal is for you to go back to fully enjoying your life as soon as possible.
Worrying is a natural reaction to life’s stressful moments. For some people however, their anxiety is so severe and persistent, they can not stop the worry. The anxiety interferes with their ability to work, connect with others and even their health.
There are effective treatment approaches to treat anxiety. In therapy you can learn to understand and manage your own anxiety and stress. Feeling anxious is very difficult. My goal is to have you feel more calm and enjoying your life as soon as possible.
Grief & Loss
Throughout our lives we all experience grief and loss. It is inevitable and yet it feels so overwhelming and lonely. We often have few tools to deal with the emotions accompanying the loss and few tools to manage the changes in our lives that result from the loss. Whether you are grieving the loss of a loved one, a pet, career, relationship or a life transition, learn to stay connected and process your loss. I can help you learn to cope with your situation in a warm, caring and supportive environment. Loss can often make you feel isolated and alone. Let’s work through this together.
My approach to couples therapy is to work with an individual member of the couple. Often times when relationships are strained and conflictual, it is better to work one on one with the therapist confidentially, before talking with the spouse. By doing so, you can resolve some of your own issues that impact the relationship and grow to understand your spouse in the safety and privacy of the therapist’s office.
Aging & Life Transitions
Transitions are inevitable. Some transitions we plan for and they transition fairly smoothly, others catch us off guard and we feel overwhelmed and unable to cope.
How we perceive and understand the meaning of a major life event can greatly impact how we cope and manage. The meaning we assign to these turning points can help define and shape our identity and how we cope with future life events.
Self Esteem & Personal Growth
Approach life, work and relationships with renewed appreciation and vitality.
When you focus on your personal growth, your self-esteem and self-acceptance grow. Exploring your strengths, developing coping strategies for positive results, seeing the world from new perspectives and finding meaning in your life all lead to personal transformations. Bring out the best in yourself.
Assertiveness & Social skills
Having great social skills helps us with leadership in the work place, positive outlooks on life and relationships. Sometimes we are too aggressive or too submissive. Other times, we don’t read the social cues around us correctly. Learn how to be assertive and gain social skills to help you in your daily life.
There are different types of stress. Acute stress, a short exposure to a stressful event, can be helpful- like studying for a mid-term exam. Chronic stress, stress that is persistent and unrelenting, however, has been shown to be detrimental to our daily life. Chronic stress, like long-term marital or work strain, can increase levels of depression and affect our physical health. The problem with chronic stress is that we get used to it and we ignore the negative impact it is having on our lives. Get tools to reduce your stress and bring out the best in you and those around you.
Sometimes distressing events occur in our lives, like an accident, a divorce, or an extra-marital affair. As a result, we may develop emotional or physical symptoms that disrupt our lives. This is called an Adjustment Disorder. This can be a very painful and confusing time. Let’s find the way together to restore your sense of balance in your life.
Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
PMDD is not your regular PMS. This serious condition creates marked distress that interferes with your daily life, work and relationships. Starting 10 days to two weeks prior to the onset of your period, some women experience a wide variety of symptoms that include mood swings, anxiety, depression, irritability, and multiple physical symptoms. This is a real condition that some estimate affects 5.8 percent of menstruating women. Let’s get started so you feel emotionally and physically better.