I tend to help those that are impacted by their anxiety and/or depression on a daily basis that hinders their overall well-being. I look to support, educate, guide and collaboratively work with clients of any age to help them get to where they want to be in their lives. I aim to help you determine which goals you'd like to focus on that uses your own core values in your life to help bring more meaning to the the thoughts you have and the things you do each day.
Many have called this an unprecedented time -- isolated in our homes, concerned about the well-being of our loved ones and facing changes and circumstances we may have never imagined. If you are feeling disoriented, unsteady or fatigued, you are not alone. As we grapple with the ongoing affects of the pandemic, it is a time of both personal and collective upheaval, a time that may challenge our endurance, but also deepen our humanity and resilience. As your therapist, I will be a compassionate, respectful and trust-worthy guide, to help you navigate your experience, whatever struggles you are facing.
Taking this first step of looking for a therapist might feel difficult and overwhelming, yet it is crucial in order to begin to feel better. Fostering your healing will come from our ability to work together and as my client I want you to be an empowered consumer of psychotherapy. I value transparency, honesty and a real dialogue about how effective our work is. I will strive to both support and challenge you as we strengthen your capacity for mindfulness, insight and greater joy in your life. We will collaborate to discover ways in which you are already being resilient against difficulties, challenges and problems.
Whether this is your first time looking for a therapist or you are coming back to therapy, it can feel hard to find someone you feel you can trust and really click with. Life is hard enough, finding a therapist shouldn't feel impossible, my goal is to make the process as smooth as possible. I have over 10 years of clinical experience and enjoy working with individuals and especially new parents. I hope to work with clients to strengthen relationships, foster change and enhance what might already be working. I have helped clients to learn effective strategies to live more fulfilling and satisfying lives.
I seek to guide you through the anxiety/panic, depression, fear, worry, grief, anger, or shame that often accompany substantial hardship. Whether you just gave birth to your first or last baby, experienced the loss of a loved one, endured a career change or are looking for general emotional support, I am equipped to walk alongside you as you navigate these experiences. When working with couples we center the element of communication, developing and deepening the connection between the two of you.
I am a psychologist and specialize in helping men and women eliminate long-term stressors and anxiety, particularly stressors caused by work and life-related overwhelm and burnout. I also specialize in helping individuals overcome addictions, and tap into their spirituality for sustainability. I help my clients live a more authentic life aligned with their values by giving them the tools to navigate their challenges and refocus on what is possible.
My main goal in the therapeutic relationship is to provide a safe, non-judgmental, trusting environment where individuals can explore their feelings in their search for a more fulfilling life. I provide therapy personalized to your unique situation and needs, treating each person’s problems within the context of each circumstance. I will work towards developing a relationship with you where you can feel safe to express your thoughts and feelings and what is holding you back from living life more fully. I am not just a passive listener, I will give you feedback in a direct and honest way.
Therapy with me is a place of active change. I help people manage stress and reduce overwhelm, strengthen relationships, build resilience, and move from "stuckness" into growth. My patients come to me to shift thinking styles, improve communication, and increase productivity. I use evidence-based practices (such as CBT and mindfulness) to enhance self-awareness, build skills, and achieve targeted goals. We also explore core beliefs and behavior patterns to deepen self-understanding. With couples, my work is informed by the Gottman Method and Emotionally Focused Therapy. My office is located in a beautiful, peaceful marina setting.
You are tired from a lifetime of feeling both 'too much' and also 'not enough'. This overwhelming shame and guilt is preventing you from enjoying healthy connections to yourself and others. You show up readily for others but will not ‘burden' them when you are in need. You try so hard to hide your sensitivity, but know deep inside that this should be a beloved asset. Are you aching to discover yourself, to experience the joy of self acceptance and healthy attachment? Is holding a scarcity mindset or living a life impacted by emotional wounds and intergenerational patterns no longer serving you? You are ready to be seen and to heal.
Hello and thank you for considering working with me! I am a social-justice minded, trauma-informed therapist with over 7 years working alongside individuals of diverse cultural identities. I am passionate about working with individuals in the LGBTQIA+ and gender expansive communities. I also have extensive experience working with individuals affected by trauma or PTSD, anxiety, depression, and issues related to adjustment or identity.
I consider myself a true relationship specialist: More than 75% of my practice is with couples. And when I work with individuals, I'm not just focusing on symptom management but on how to have deep and meaningful connections with others. Whether you're looking for a relationship or are in one that's experiencing challenges, I'd love to help.
I have over 25 years experience working with a variety of clients who seek support and help making changes. Perhaps PTSD, depression or anxiety are roadblocks in your life. Perhaps you are self medicating with substances to reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, or trauma. Or perhaps you are struggling with codependent behaviors that stop you from growing. I listen and offer support. I have a variety of techniques available to use including EMDR, EFT, CBT, and more, that can facilitate the changes you seek.
You are struggling and you feel alone. I can help. Have you ever been told you are too sensitive? Do you often feel judged or alone? Are you interested in looking within, learning more about yourself and creating the life you deserve? If so, I am here to help. I support clients struggling with depression and anxiety, learning about and coping with the highly sensitive trait, as well as grief and difficult life transitions. I specialize in older teens, college students, young adulthood/emerging professionals. and women around issues of fertility, pregnancy, postpartum and family life.
You can’t pinpoint when it happened, but all of a sudden you don’t feel the same. You’re waking up feeling discontent and struggling to get out of bed. Sometimes you find yourself wondering what you’re doing with yourself… You don’t feel fulfilled at all. You think you should feel great - You have the job, the friends, likes and follows from your connections… yet you still feel alone. Your inner voice is telling you something is missing.
Who Should Help the Very Special You?
Interview several therapists either in person or by phone. Ask them how they've helped other people. Ask them how they will approach your specific needs. A Little Bit About Me! My life's work is dedicated to guiding individuals towards personal transformation and fulfillment of their ultimate potential. The most important thing is today.
Are you unhappy today and hoping tomorrow will be better?
Only you can make the changes today that will make you happy tomorrow - don't wait.
EATING - Perhaps you tried many things, and you still don’t feel at home with your body or food. Though you are strong in many ways, you may even feel you have failed in this area. You didn’t fail! The information you were given failed you. I am both a fully-recovered bulimic and a scholar on the non-diet mentality. Come learn a new way of relating to your body and food - for good. Check out my podcast episode on Conquering Your Inner Critic (with Vicky Aldana), available on Amazon Music.
My clinical approach to working with teen and adult clients is to provide a safe as well as non-judgemental place to process difficult emotions and situations that may be hindering a healthy and balanced life. I work from a client centered and relationship based model allowing for optimal growth to shift the patterns that are causing you to feel stuck. This enables change, positivity, and renewed energy in your life. Some common reasons people seek therapy are; difficulties with peer relationships, depression, life transitions, stress, substance use, self esteem and body image, parenting, academic performance, and family conflict.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with years of experience working with individuals on a wide range of difficulties. I received my Bachelor’s degree from the University of California Irvine with a double major in Psychology and Sociology. I continued to develop my expertise by obtaining a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
I specialize in working with adolescents (teens and pre-teens) and families. I also work with parents of young children who are needing support and help with developmental, behavioral, and general parenting issues. I have extensive experience working with young people who may be reluctant to engage in therapy. I am able to work with youth via telehealth during Covid-19 to help with issues of depression, anxiety, and general feelings of isolation/loneliness. When necessary for treatment, outdoor sessions can be arranged with proper protocols in place.
*Not accepting new clients* I work well with people who as children, and now as adults, were impacted by a primary caregiver who was caught in a substance use cycle. Often there was a family culture of unpredictability, rigid rules, abuse, neglect, loss, humiliation, violation, and violence. My clients had to choose safety and inclusion over being themselves or being embodied, and want help addressing fear, shame, and critical self-concepts so that they can come back to themselves. They often have some grieving to do. They want to go beyond interpretation or assessment and yet still seek to understand the heart of things.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Alameda are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Alameda then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in Alameda, or Child Psychologists in Alameda.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Alameda psychologists specializing in EMDR.
What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Alameda specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.