I most often support adult women who are experiencing anxiety, feelings of overwhelm, adult children of dysfunctional families, Highly Sensitive People, depression, parenting challenges, postpartum issues, those who want to increase and deepen friendships, high achievers, among others. I work well with those who are motivated and want to create meaningful lasting changes in their lives. I have nearly 10 years experience as a psychotherapist, I'm a mom of two school-aged kids, have two rescue dogs and I love working as a therapist. Currently providing telehealth across California.
Whether you are going through a difficult life transition or just feeling stressed and unhappy in your personal life, I am here to help support you with what you need. My hope is to help individuals find the strength within themselves. I work with individuals to help them increase coping skills with everyday stressors and challenges. I provide therapeutic services to individuals, couples and families who want to work to improve their relationships and themselves. I also have extensive experience working with caregivers who experience stressors surrounding parenting issues and have worked with children 0-5.
We’re entering an interesting phase of the reopening of our city and our lives. There are so many facets of our lives that will permanently bear the imprint of 2020, which in some ways will be sobering, perhaps, but will also be potentially exciting. Some things will change for the better. Working from home will now be a known quantity for employers, which will open up many people’s lives to a better balance. Improvisation and flexibility are the new norm. How’s that for an expanded repertoire that we have all had to embrace? Extraordinary, really.
Have you ever felt you were having problems feeling happy with your life and maintaining satisfying relationships with those closest to you? The reason is often hidden in adverse childhood experiences and insecure attachment styles during our formative years. I work with couples and individuals to help improve intimate relationships that are at the core of maintaining one's healthy outlook at life. Even relationships that may end in separation can be resolved without acrimony and to the benefit of both parties since to better understand oneself and one's intimate relationships is the key to satisfying and productive living.
My goal is to help you become the best version of yourself. Stress, depression, and anxiety arise when we become disconnected from our true selves and avoid the things about ourselves that we do not like. I believe that you are the expert on your own life and my job is to help you feel contained in the pain, doubt, and any other emotions that arise through the process of exploration. I can help you feel empowered by your strengths, even limits, and as though you are in control of your life rather than life is happening to you.
I specialize in helping adults; couples; teens and families who are dealing with stress; emotional problems and relationship issues. I provide a safe; warm environment in which clients are encouraged to discuss their issues openly and honestly. Also I work with elderly adults who are struggling with aging issues. I provide individual therapy for adults who have job-related stress; depression; anxiety and relationship issues. My office is located in Culver City next to West LA. The clients I treat would tell you that I have a warm and caring personality and that I have their best interests in mind.
I have current availability for families, couples, and underage minors. My goal is to assist individuals struggling with trauma, PTSD, depression, racism, families of persons with mental illness and family/couples therapy. The challenges you face are not as important as the tools you need to navigate them. The role I choose as a therapist is to walk with you on your journey to healing, helping you discover the tools that work for you, teaching you to use them, and celebrating you in your journey. I honor the differences and diversities in us all, and do not believe in using a 'cookie-cutter' approach with my clients.
Life has changed for an uncertain period of time. Finding a safe space to really be heard, so we can process, heal and grow is helpful during this difficult time. Feeling isolated, depressed, anxious or unable to face daily challenges is normal, but finding ways to handle the stress or difficult feelings when they become overwhelming can make life easier and bring about more success and happiness in your. Sometimes it's stress within a relationship (family, dating, marriage, parenting) that can really throw us off our game. Sometimes work is overwhelming. Sometimes everything seems to get us down.
Self-care! Ha! Sounds lovely in theory but it’s not happening in the real world. I work with teens, young professionals, and parents who are high achieving perfectionists - folks who are expected to get it done...and done well. On the outside, you are driven, motivated, and happy but on the inside your loud inner critic has you never feeling “good enough.” You know this inner critic - the one that compares yourself to others, is stressed all the time, terrified of failing, and afraid to disappoint others. Yet, you want to stop overthinking, overworking, and most importantly you want to stop being so mean to yourself.
Engaging in psychotherapy is a positive step toward realizing a satisfying life. Through a safe, trusting, confidential relationship with an experienced therapist, the process helps you find relief and feel better. Psychotherapy can provide relief from ongoing, unwelcome feelings such as: sadness, loneliness, anxiety, depression, confusion, fear or anger. Whoever you are, happiness, joy and ease are not elusive. Begin the practice of experiencing relationship to self and others from a place of curiosity, integration, regulation and clarity.
I passionately believe in your inherent worth, and I believe you have the tools needed to make the changes you want in your life. My goal is to walk beside you on your journey and collaborate with you on where you want to go, what you want to do, and how you wish to cultivate your own experience. I believe good therapy stems from non-judgement and acceptance. Come as you are, and know that however you show up, that is ok.
NOT ACCEPTING CLIENTS AT THIS TIME. We know asking for help is not an easy thing to do. We also know that finding a provider you trust to help you navigate mental health care can be a challenge. That's why we're here and we're doing things differently. As a patient at Bonmente, you enjoy comprehensive treatments customized specifically for your unique circumstances, convenient telemedicine appointments that allow you to see your provider from the comfort of home, an online patient portal that lets you communicate directly with your provider, and a highly trained support team that makes becoming a patient as simple as it should be.
Are you having life or work related stress and anxiety that is debilitating? Are you stuck and cannot seem to move in a positive direction that gives you fulfillment? This is probably not the way you expected your life to be. Together we will look at patterns of communication that may have contributed to your present life concerns. Attachment Relational Therapy, which I practice, is an approach that helps you to tackle difficult problems in a safe environment so that you can gain the peace of mind that you are striving for.
Continued growth and wellness are issues central to quality living and happiness. Furthermore, potential actualization and wellness, to a large degree, are functions of the individual's ability to effectively deal with stress and stressors. These are the areas of human development training that Dr. Johnson has been involved with for many years. He is fully committed to supporting you to not only facilitate your healing but to help you create happiness in your life.
You have been living through a demanding and exhausting time. The global pandemic is continuously shifting your relationships and the way you live your life. You have also been exposed to collective trauma both within your communities, and on a larger global scale. You're finding it harder to relax and rest, and you struggle to find meaning in a world that seems overwhelmingly painful to exist in. You want things to be different, but you feel stuck.
Are you in your 20s or 30s concerned about your mental health? Maybe the pandemic has taken its toll and you are feeling anxious or depressed. Has it reached point where people in your life are suggesting that you talk to someone? Contrary to popular belief, young adulthood can be a difficult time of life. You may need some help sorting things out.
It is a genuine honor and privilege to journey alongside you as we discover and unblock whatever is preventing you from living a stable, healthy life. If you are struggling with trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, stressful family dynamics or challenges with parenting, I am here for you. Employing a humanistic, evidence-based, and creative approach to mental health treatment, I will work with you to build inner strength, resiliency, and healthier relationships. We may do sessions out in nature or virtually from the comfort of your home.
You've been dealing with life in all of it's complexities and in spite of your best efforts, for any one of a number of reasons you 've found yourself in the position of feeling stuck. It's frustrating, disappointing, in some ways maybe even infuriating. Before you throw your hand up at it all, why don't you and I sit down. Let's talk, let's figure out your pathway forward through this. The answers are in there. I want to be your partner in finding them. I want to help you.
In addition to providing parenting support, I work with individuals encountering a variety of life challenges such as anxiety, relational issues, work stress, loneliness and depression. I also work with couples looking to repair ruptures, rekindle connection, improve communication and/or work on parenting issues. I have a background in meditation and mindfulness. It informs my practice and I often use it as modality to assist clients whether working with anxiety or parenting or other relational issues.