Are you bothered by an upsetting event (s) that you cannot get out of your mind? Do you know something is holding you back, perhaps from your past, but you can't seem to shake it? Have you tried traditional talk therapy, but your past still has a grip on you? Exciting breakthroughs have been advanced in our understanding of how our brains mange memories. The latest research shows that non-traditional therapies like EMDR, can more quickly & deeply help us heal and recover from traumatic events and live more satisfying lives.
If you are seeking therapy there may be some good reasons that I would be a good fit. You may have tried many different methods of healing but find that there are places that you have not yet been able to reach. These may be places that are very overt or hidden from view. They may be longstanding or new, but they are causing confusion and suffering at this time. These issues may involve gender or sexuality, complex grief, or longstanding trauma. Through your voice and your inner and outer world, I work interactively and empathically with you to tend to the places in need.
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT , Somatic
I am here to tell you, you are not broken, even if your mind may tell you that you are. It is probable that these thoughts are connected to trauma—a way to make sense out of how uncomfortable you feel in your own body. Trauma can impact our health, body, emotions, relationships, perception of self and reality. Somatic Therapy may support you finding some relief in being you. Let's begin to explore and integrate what's causing this pain and psychological suffering without bypassing or minimizing your experiences. Your body has the wisdom to provide the answers. We just need to listen, honor and acknowledge its truth.
We all struggle with emotional upheaval during times of stress and transition. Excessive worry, sadness, shame and hopelessness impact our daily lives and those who love us. Couples and families are challenged with the loss of connection and attachment that leads family conflict and a lack of mutually gratifying relationships. By defining our values and our goals we can learn to clarify what is important in our lives and how to enjoy life despite the many challenges we face.
Finding the right therapist can be hard. Maybe you're facing difficult experiences of grief and loss, serious illness, or family conflict. Maybe you're wrestling with depression or anxiety. Or maybe you just have a general sense that your life has lost meaning and direction. Whatever brings you in, I'll offer a warm-hearted and positive space for us to learn together about your particular situation, and about the possibilities for healing and transformation that can be found within it. Having someone to talk to makes a real difference.
An emotionally hurt powerless adult sets out on a journey to reunify with one’s separated small hurt inner child who has got lost and stuck somewhere and looking for a savor. The adult stumbled wherever one went. However, the one will find the separated inner child and walk together toward a bright future. This integration gradually occurs if you work on psyche, mind and body via alternative therapeutic methods such as EMDR, Somatic Experiencing and energy work. If you are looking for changing yourself within, I am here to support you to meet a new self.
Feeling anxious, overwhelmed, frustrated, or stuck? I can help you find ways to cope with uncomfortable feelings so that you can feel more balance in your daily life and more fulfilling relationships and experiences. Many of us rely on friends and family to help us work through problems, but sometimes our friends or family are part of the problem itself. Or maybe we just don't feel comfortable talking about certain issues with them. Oftentimes we withdraw from our support systems and end up feeling more and more alone.
Life is challenging. We all benefit from receiving support as we navigate transitions, relationships, and the constancy of change. I have 20 years' experience supporting people who span a diverse range of ages and cultural backgrounds. My approach integrates body and sensory awareness with relaxation practices. I offer information about how neurobiological processes impact functioning and experience. The therapeutic relationship is collaborative and dynamic as we observe and shift unhelpful patterns of thought and behavior. Some people choose to make art as part of most meetings; others prefer to mostly talk.
Do feelings of overwhelm, stress or unworthiness have you at an impasse? Struggling with the impacts of trauma, abuse or grief? Working through issues around racial identity, sexual orientation, or internalized oppression? Dealing with depression or anxiety? Do you have difficulty establishing healthy boundaries and making yourself the main character of your life? I am here to support you with holding the range of human emotions and experiences with greater ease, and unpacking patterns and behaviors that no longer serve you. Together, we will create a path forward that enhances your sense of agency, peace and fulfillment.
You are likely here because you are in discomfort or experiencing longing for things to be different. This human experience can be messy and vast, I welcome all of it. I won't claim to be an expert on you or your lived experience but I will meet you from a place of compassion and explore the terrain with you as we find your path through. Themes people come to explore with me include: •Challenges with connection and in relationships (friendships, romantic relationships or familial) • Self-exploration and empowerment •
Axis Mundi would like to present Madeline Gonzales. Maddy is a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee and is supervised weekly by Elysha Martinez, LMFT #93493. The supervisor works with Maddy to help develop her clinical skills and to ensure that she is providing quality care to you as the client. Maddy is also currently working towards receiving her Master’s in Counseling Psychology- Holistic at JFK School of Psychology at NU. Maddy knows that life is a series of storms, and she here to help you find the calm among the chaos. She will hold space for you to learn more about yourself- mind, body, and soul.
I find it deeply meaningful to hold sacred, safe spaces where people can be truly seen and known - and, from here, can step into the power of their unique, authentic selves. I am passionate about, and find it the greatest privilege, to meet people in this courageous place. I have worked in many settings - health & youth centers, schools, jails, SROs, camps, clinics - and have been told that I bring thoughtfulness, intention, heart, and presence to my time with people. I am not afraid of the complex, messy, grief-filled parts of our lives, and can stand with you in these places with compassion, curiosity, creativity, and soulfulness.
Often times in life we have experiences that cause us to disconnect from our true selves. This can lead to and come from fear, shame, and uncertainty that impacts our relationships to others and ourselves. Reconnecting to our innate wisdom and remembering who we are can be a challenging process and my goal is to work with you to journey back to yourself. Drawing on depth work, art therapy, mindfulness, dream work, and emotional and somatic processing, I will work at your pace to navigate what is most meaningful for you as we find ways for you to authentically reconnect to yourself and others.
My main goal with providing therapy is for you to become free from the fears and secrets that might have brought you in. Many of us feel tormented by our anxieties and catastrophic thinking, which inevitably interferes with our relationships and ability to be the person we wish. Using an insight-oriented approach, I work with children and adults who often feel impending doom or have had a major trauma, such as early abandonment or sexual abuse in their life. I also see couples who struggle with common goals and intimacy.
I approach each therapeutic relationship with openness, balancing thoughtful intensity with humor. My style has been described as warm, genuine, intuitive, and incisive. Together we can discover, explore, and hold what needs attending to, cultivating space for the fullness of your experience.
You’re fumbling, feeling clunky, lost in transition, and searching for what you know in your BONES is true. You’ve been told you’re too much, too scattered, and too picky, when in reality, other people just can’t keep up with your pursuit toward the truth you know is out there. I can keep up. Together we will explore and unfold acceptance around ALL parts of you, especially the most challenging ones. What you’re searching for is out there. Let's take steps toward the truth that is waiting for you to begin on your journey.
I provide psychotherapy to adults utilizing EMDR therapy and specialize in addiction, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, anger management, and post traumatic stress. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified EMDR therapist, and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist. With over 15 years experience in the field of mental health, and with both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Psychology, being a therapist has always been my passion. With my education and experience, along with my own journey of healing and transformation, I offer psychotherapy to adults using the tools that I know are effective.
I am a LCSW with nearly a decade of social work experience in clinic, school, non-profit and community settings. I specialize in working with adults, adolescents and their families, members of the LGBTQI2S+ communities, and with working artists. I have an understanding and dedication to working within a social justice framework, and strive to maintain a practice that is affirming of all identities, experiences and orientations. I believe that any strong therapeutic relationship is built on collaboration, honesty, and the belief that change is possible.
Building relationships to last a lifetime! I work with * Individuals from all walks of life * Couples of all kinds - married, co-habitating, dating, divorced * Families of all sorts * Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people and their partners and families * People who are part of the kink community, or who participate in BDSM in their personal lives * People in open, non-monogamous, polyamorous, or other non-traditional relationships * Cross-cultural couples and families * Genderqueer folks * Current or former workers in the sex industry * People with body image and self-acceptance issues * People with all kinds of mental and physical health problems
I believe the purpose of therapy is to create a safe and validating environment where people can focus on creating a "life worth living". I help facilitate this journey by focusing on both acceptance and change in a warm, interactive and thoughtful fashion. If you are someone who is struggling to manage your emotions and behaviors because of anxiety, depression, or trauma we can work together to define the life you want and overcome the obstacles to it.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Grand Lake, Oakland 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 Grand Lake, Oakland 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.
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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 Grand Lake, Oakland 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.
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