Warm Greetings. I'm here to support you in Living Your Best Life. Let's work together to get you there. I can help you navigate challenges & discover your path forward. I believe we all know how to heal ourselves. My role is to guide you in this process. My experience: 16 yrs. working with clients of all ages. Focus: Anxiety, depression, self-esteem, parenting, troubled teens, self-harm, divorce, substance abuse, Survivors of childhood sexual abuse & breast cancer. I also offer parents guidance navigating Special Education Systems in schools & colleges, assuring students receive needed accommodations & services.
All relationships are hard, intimate relationships even more so. So many unmet needs, unrecognized wants, can make you feel lost and alone. You just can't keep going like this! The fights are ugly, or they don't happen at all. Living at the speed of life, you have drifted apart and don't know how to bring it back together. Maybe it is just feeling disconnected, maybe it was an affair. You just know that you need help to make it better, to make it what you had dreamed it would be. The good news is that you don't have to do it alone. Tenderness and passion are just around the corner!
My goal is to help you enhance your ability to develop a more intimate, fulfilling, and joyous life and relationships. I work collaboratively to help you build on your strengths and develop new skills, while creating a safe and supportive environment for healing and growth.
As a clinical psychologist working for the military for the last 12 years, I have had the unique opportunity to help a diverse group of people with a wide variety of challenges. I have spent considerable time specializing in trauma, anxiety, depression, and sleep problems. However, the biggest gains have been with patients who were ready for change and willing to be challenged. Patients have said they appreciate my low-key style and one-on-one sessions that are problem-focused while acknowledging the past.
I believe the most positive transformational aspect of therapy is when someone feels listened to,... really listened to. When this occurs, many levels of healing are possible. Ambitions may be discovered or recovered, losses and sorrows may be grieved for the first time or for the 1,000th time, and self-awareness and self-esteem can emerge in new ways. My approach focuses on developing an inner dialogue with oneself that is is compassionate and restorative. All sessions are virtual over various Telehealth platforms.
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MBA, LMHC, LMFT, CPCC
Clinical Counselor assisting individuals to overcome struggles and become co-creative and successful in their lives, business, & personal ventures. Are you dealing with crisis, grief, depression, anxiety, or feeling overwhelmed... I assist in overcoming loss, trauma, addiction, and road blocks so you are able perform and be at your best, live a healthy life style, have positive relationships. We work collaboratively to find and reach for your peak goals. In addition, I work doing Clinical Supervision and with Healthcare Professionals. Please reach out to make an appointment via email or phone. Offices are on the Monterey Peninsula.
My approach to my clients is warm, open, and accepting, and, at the same time, I am ready and willing to provide direct and honest feedback. I enjoy bringing a sense of humor and creativity, as well as strong professional ethics to my work. While my initial goal is to work together with my clients to relieve depression, anxiety, trauma, and other problems, ultimately I work with the whole person to develop and utilize his or her strengths to find balance and self-acceptance and to become more open to deeper experiences of love and joy.
You have been feeling the weight of the world constantly on your shoulders. It is heavy. You feel defeated. You got here, and you aren’t sure how to navigate all. It may seem like you feel anxious more often, stressed out. And now, it is getting more difficult to enjoy daily life. You want to find that fire in yourself again, the confidence to move through the seasons of life without feeling overwhelmed or trapped. There is hope. Change is possible. And you don't have to go through it alone.
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, Kristina Marshack, MA, AMFT
I am inspired by clients who decide they want to grow, change, or improve their quality of life. I bring the same drive toward health and the pursuit of happiness. I feel clients have often suffered more than enough, but often don't know how their life or circumstances could feel different. Relationship, through therapy, shows the way.
Relationships are hard. Maybe you feel ignored and unseen, so you get angry, say things you regret, storm out of the room or give the cold shoulder. Or maybe it was an affair or an addiction. Stuck in the same fights, feeling defeated, alone and disappointed, you wonder, “how did we get here?” You want to stay with your partner, but you are not sure how — the way things are going. The good news is that you do not need to walk this road alone. You do not need to sit in your relationship believing there is no hope. The truth is no one steps into a relationship or marriage with all the tools one needs to thrive!
I am a licensed and board-certified rehabilitation psychologist with a sub-specialty in clinical neuropsychology with over 10 years of experience working in a wide variety of clinical settings. In addition to providing comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations that assist with diagnostic clarification and treatment planning I also employ evidence-based techniques such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness based techniques, and cognitive rehabilitation to help individuals and families cope with the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral sequelae typically associated with neurological conditions.
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, CHT, CTC, CNSC
**As of 5/18/22, Currently accepting new clients** Is something challenging happening in your life? You're going through a transition, you may not be exactly sure what's wrong, but you know something is off. You've always been driven and had your answers up until now. Or maybe you're feeling lost and alone, you've never had time to look at your feelings before, and now something is different. Perhaps you're feeling scared, anxious, hopeless, or depressed. Or your relationships are a mess? And is work upside down? You don't have to keep living like this!
I have been so blessed to work with some of the most amazing, strong individuals. I have worked with everyone from facing addictions head-on to being diagnosed with cancer and learning how to shift gears and fight. I am the man you want in the trenches with you while you are navigating and fighting the hard things that life will inevitably throw your way. My clients are fighters. When I am done with them I am often in awe of the respect I have for the human spirt and the resiliency of our minds and bodies. If there is one thing you take away from working with me, it is that you are capable and you are so much stronger than you know.
I warmly welcome you as you are, and hold a safe space to support your intention for growth as your guide, witness, and companion. I enjoy working with clients who want more than traditional “talk” therapy. I offer experiential therapy, so you can go beyond cognitive understanding to having a transformative experience. I have an active style that is more than simply listening. I would describe the way I work as collaborative, curious, and challenging when it needs to be. I identify as a highly sensitive person (HSP) of gifted intelligence, both of which inform my work. My approach is mindfulness-based and somatic.
At New Start Recovery Solutions we provide access to personalized medically managed Detox and Dual Diagnosis Residential and Intensive Outpatient Treatment. We treat the Whole Person. Our approach is highly individualized with an array of options customized in a treatment plan specifically for you or a loved one. We believe in order to recover successfully - old habits and behaviors must be replaced with new healthy ones. Mindfulness is a core element in our treatment plans. Our complete continuum of care ranges from intervention to addiction treatment to personalized continuing care plans after treatment is completed.
I have over fifteen years experience providing therapy to children, adolescents, adults, families, and the veteran population. I enjoy working in the areas of parenting, blended families, and assisting people in redefining themselves and finding meaning after major life changes. I tailor my therapeutic approach to the needs of each client and often utilize CBT, solution focused, behavioral, and narrative therapies in my practice.
I believe that the relationship between me and my "special friend" facilitates growth and healing. I offer a COMPLIMENTARY FIRST SESSION to see if we can take a meaningful journey together. My goal in therapy is to help individuals develop a more positive self-image, increase self-esteem, and reach their full potential. I help the people I work with to identify their needs and increase their ability to communicate their needs and feelings to others - thereby developing more loving relationships. This will lead to a more satisfying and fulfilling life.
Being in a first responder or military home is a challenge most cannot fathom. The way the job impacts you, your relationships, your life. This is not just a job for you, it is a lifestyle. From shiftwork to last minute schedule changes, to feeling alone and like no one will get what you are going through. Maybe it is a lack of balance in your life now. Maybe it is your relationship taking a hit. You have to be tough, and you are tough. But being tough shouldn't be this hard, this helpless or hopeless. Being tough shouldn't change you into a person you don't want to be. There is hope. You can find meaning and joy again!
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Pacific Grove 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 Pacific Grove 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 Pacific Grove, or Child Psychologists in Pacific Grove.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Pacific Grove 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 Pacific Grove 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.