Are you searching for a sense of purpose, to better understand or be understood by others? Are you looking for support in making decisions more aligned with your values? I utilize an integrative counseling style tailored to your unique needs, providing the opportunity for you to tap into your strengths. Insight gained may provide you the opportunity to manage stressors and to make self driven choices in a balanced manner. Approaching life's most difficult challenges in a confidential way may allow you to work towards your goals, providing you the opportunity to safely delve into your relationship struggles.
Do you battle with feeling anxious, panicky, sad, trapped, or helpless? Is it hard to enjoy things that you used to do? Anxiety and depression can affect every aspect of your life - your relationships and family life, your work or schooling, even your self-care and physical well-being. Since 1990 I have helped hundreds of people find greater understanding of their frightening or demoralizing feelings and learn the skills they need to become confident, engaged, and even passionate about life. There are things in life you can't control...anxiety and depression are not among them.
We are all in the process of change, it is an unavoidable element of life. The trick is to have the willingness to look at how we wish to change, and take steps to do so. This may involve simply developing a different perspective on some struggle or other. No matter what the problem is though it takes courage, to allow another person to see our vulnerability. With that willingness there are very few problems which cannot be significantly improved or solved. Encouragement from a person who understands what we struggle with can help empower us to take action to feel better and be happier..
Family life is both rewarding and challenging. Raising children is an important job and it can feel overwhelming at times. No two people parent the same way and how to blend two different life patterns and meet the needs of an individual child, while rewarding, can also feel frustrating. Having tools to navigate these challenges can help you feel confident and deepen your self-awareness. Working as a team with you and your child we will build on strengths and develop strategies for solving issues.
If you are looking for someone that is open, nonjudgmental and will be with you every step of the way toward healing, then you have come to the right place. I am currently taking new clients that are okay with seeing me through telehealth (online video sessions). I specialize in adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety, depression and trauma. I also work with families that are struggling with parenting and couples that need a space to talk through the issues they might be facing in the relationship.
If you are experiencing life’s bumps in the road, or feeling like you’re stuck, I can help. I am available to provide you and your family with compassionate, non-judgmental guidance. With 25 years experience, I specialize in relationships, couples, marital issues, divorce recovery, blended families, step parenting, women’s issues and transitions, mid-life changes, step parenting, blended families and military families.
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, Artist, Teacher
Are you experiencing anxiety, depression, or feelings of overwhelm? Do you sometimes feel lost or alone, even when you are with other people? Are there painful events in your history that continue to cause you suffering? Our work together can help you find a deeper understanding of these dynamics, and connection with yourself and others. I have a gentle and supportive approach, where together we find the right pace for your healing and growth. I offer a somatic-focused approach to working through trauma and learning new ways to manage thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and situations that can leave us confused or overwhelmed.
I've been told I'm the anti-therapist. Done in good humor I suppose, my approach is to learn alongside you what's been bringing pain into your life. Many times people don't go see someone who can help because of the preconceptions about what someone like me might be thinking. "Is he judging me? Does he think I'm strange for thinking these things?" etc. This may be because you've had someone say those exact things to you as you confided in them for support or counsel. If this sounds about right I might be a good fit.
I work with individuals in both brief and longer-term psychotherapy. I practice integrative therapy that is strongly grounded in psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused approaches. I strive to help clients increase awareness of thoughts and feelings, gain a better understanding of how their past contributes to their development, and gain skills in coping with stress and changing behaviors. I view psychotherapy as a collaborative process in which the client and therapist work together to develop goals and treatment plans.
Transform your fears, worries, shame, anger, and long-held sadness. Lose excess weight without dieting using the power of hypnosis. Heal into your greatest confidence and peak performance. Clear toxic patterns in the shadow that can sabotage sleep or challenge your relationships. Stop Smoking or eliminate Phobias, Panic Attacks, Performance Anxiety, or Fear of Flying. Overcome Codependency, Grief, Self Criticism or heal Trauma carried from past abuse. Let go of old Habits that are challenging your life. Become authentic, open doors to intimacy with yourself, or with your partner. Clear mind, body, and spirit. Doctor Recommended.
I have been in private practice for over 30 years helping children, families and adults. My clinical work includes a Jungian orientation to therapy, including non-verbal Sandplay Therapy for children and adults,dreamwork and somatic awareness. It is also includes extremely practical perspectives. I am accepting new referrals for children, adults, and families as they move through life transitions, trauma, depression or adjustment difficulties. I am a certified Teaching Member of Sandplay Therapists of America.
Promoting healing & trustworthy engagement for children, youth, their families, adults who come seeking shelter, emotional safety and refuge (see abbeypsychservices.com). Even the youngest demonstrate remarkable strengths with precise, attuned, attention to their levels of awareness, given new experiences to help transform distorted cognitive appraisals of themselves, others, relationships, the world. Working together, we cultivate more accurate appraisals of internal/external experience, shift into clearer, more realistic thinking, enhanced empathy, healthier, more effective coping styles. We co-create new, hopeful, cooperative stories to replace hopeless, repetitive, "traumatic reliving" within the safety of a predictable, nurturing, skillfully maintained therapeutic environment.
How can I help you? Was there a crisis, or an unexpected, yet, traumatic event that has happened in your life? Maybe you're just feeling lost, tired, overwhelmed, in-shock, and just in need of some extra support. Maybe it was an ultimatum, "Either we go to therapy, or we're done..." that motivated this decision. So here you are... reading this... are you ready? As your Therapist I will listen, be supportive, and help you deal with the crisis, trauma, and stressors in your life. I provide a warm, inviting, safe, and non-judgmental space where you and your healing are my main focus.
My focus as a therapist is solution oriented, accessing inherent strengths to face the struggles we all encounter in life with new skills and insights. I enjoy working with clients who seek greater self understanding and changes in how they relate to themselves and others.
We are a non-profit counseling agency with locations in Monterey, Watsonville, and Santa Cruz, California. Our goal is to provide high quality yet affordable psychotherapy and counseling services to individuals, couples, families, and groups. We provide services on a sliding scale, meaning that our fees are based upon your income. Our services are provided by Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and Master's level Interns and Trainees who are under the supervision of a licensed therapist. We would love to answer any questions you may have, or schedule an appointment to meet with you. Simply call or send us an email today!
When people make a choice to utilize therapy to change their lives, I believe there is no greater gift they can give themselves. I am so lucky to have made helping people change their lives into my full time career.
Break The Cycle: Addiction~Abstinence~Recovery~Relapse ... Addiction permeates every pore of our lives: our relationships, our well-being and our sense of self. Yet recovery is possible no matter what stage of the cycle you find yourself.
Searching for a therapist? I offer counseling services to individuals, couples, and families. I use evidence based counseling techniques with a personable approach to help you make changes in your life. I am easy to talk to and have a passion for helping others.
If you are feeling stuck, sad, anxious, and know in your bones it's time to move forward with your life, I can help. Together we will examine the issues that are holding you back. You will have better self understanding, and learn new ways to cope when old patterns surface. We can re-examine your life's traumas, identify how they shaped you and how you can free yourself. We collaborate on strengthening your innate self awareness, and your ability to stay in the present moment and face what is holding you back with new, real life skills that will quickly become familiar. Your relationships will become grounded in your authenticity.
Marriage & Family Therapist, BSN, MAPsych, RN, LMFT
Prior to becoming a Marriage and Family Therapist, I worked as an Intensive Care Nurse and Educator. I have witnessed the importance of integrating mind, body and spirit in the role of healing. In my work I utilize techniques from a variety of theories in an attempt to identify and resolve issues you are facing. To achieve your goals, I employ Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for trauma, Guided Imagery, Expressive Arts and Sandtray. I help clients reclaim parts of self eclipsed by childhood woundedness. My focus is to empower you to find your authentic voice and inner wisdom.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Monterey 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 Monterey 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 Monterey, or Child Psychologists in Monterey.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Monterey 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 Monterey 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.