Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PhD , (Anth)
Are you struggling with grief, anxiety, depression, or a tough life transition? Are you a healthcare provider burdened by workplace demands and job stress? I can help you. I help people dealing with serious, even life threatening illnesses; and I’ve helped many doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals cope with stressful work environments. Contact me to discuss how my background in healthcare, palliative care and psychotherapy may be helpful to you too!
Therapy often helps when both the client and therapist put their time and effort into the process. Whether you are bringing a specific issue or you just need an open, non-judgmental space in which to be heard, I’d like to help. To start I’ll find out what you want out of therapy, what’s worked in the past, and what hasn’t. I’ll talk honestly about a timeline and encourage you to ask questions, voice any concerns, clarify your expectations and offer me feedback.
Do you want to find a greater sense of calm and insight into your life? Are you struggling with feeling you are repeating the same patterns over and over? If you are wanting to start a relationship or find yourself in a relationship and unsure how to hope for things to be different, be it with parents, partners, friends, or peers, feeling stuck and unable to change, it may be time to work with someone you trust and who can help you experience relief. I work with individuals to find their inner identity and the strength to live a life worth living.
Therapy helps to improve lives in a meaningful way (have better relationships with friends, family members and partners, improve our self-esteem); rather than offering just symptom relief. I work to help you identify issues, problems and patterns, but also implement skills and tools make changes to these patterns. I offer a warm, compassionate, and collaborative environment, and I will work with you to tailor clinical interventions to fit your needs and goals.
Therapy helps to improve lives in a meaningful way (have better relationships with friends, family members and partners, improve our self-esteem); rather than offering just symptom relief. I work to help you identify issues, problems and patterns, but also to implement skills and tools make changes to these patterns. I offer a warm, compassionate, and collaborative environment, and I will work with you to tailor clinical interventions to fit your needs and goals.
I have been a licensed Psychologist for over 25 years working with individuals, couples and families, including adolescents. My practice is informed by Psychodynamic, Depth-Psychology, and Mindfulness-Based orientations, including MB-CBT. I also use Somatic methods to complement our discussions and inquiry . Most importantly I seek to offer a safe, open and welcoming space for you to explore your sense of self, your life history and the challenges you may be facing at this time. I have found this to be the basis for discovering your own capacity to make meaningful change and to promote growth and well-being in your life.
If you are new to this process it is not uncommon to feel a motley of emotions when entering into psychotherapy. Clients I see are open and willing to do the "hard work" to improve their lives. I focus on the "whole being" by addressing inner and outer worlds, the mind as well as the body. I encourage you, whatever reasons you have to seek therapy, to allow yourself the time to finding both a good fit with a therapist and an approach to therapy that feels helpful to you.
Deciding to make that first call or email inquiring about counseling, can be a difficult step. My goal is to make this process as easy as I can for you and to be as supportive as possible throughout the process. That includes listening intently in order to understand how you got to where you are today and what you would like to change. Then, with the many tools in my toolbox, I will help you make those changes. If you are dealing with anxiety, trauma or relationship issues, contact me. I will answer any questions you may have. Please note: I am only doing teletherapy at this time and for the foreseeable future.
I specialize in treating the unique mental health needs of women. I am passionate about the interplay between hormonal, psychological and environmental influences on women's health and overall sense of well-being.
The clients who I can best help are couples who want to create a strong relationship foundation, bridge differing desires, revitalize sexless (or low-sex) marriage or relationship, recover from an affair, or explore alternative relationships, such as poly or open relationships. I also help men who want to understand themselves and their partners, be amazing lovers, or deal with erectile dysfunction. I also have strong expertise in working with women who struggle with low libido and have issues with orgasms or sexual satisfaction.
Collaborative, effective, respectful and warmth best describes Dr. Luisa's approach. Striving to support wellness, strength and calm for each client, Dr. Luisa draws on her experience, research and best practices to assist clients and families with their personal growth. The unique needs and learning style of clients guide the interventions that are mutually selected between therapist and client. Whether the need is coaching, specialty treatment and interventions or support navigating a healthy path through stressful times, Dr. Luisa will collaboratively work with clients and families to identify the treatment choices toward health.
Hello and Welcome! I am a licensed psychologist in private practice in Redwood City, CA. I have been practicing as a therapist for children, couples, adults, and families since 2002. As a therapist, my goal is to help you focus on your unique strengths in a warm, interactive, and collaborative setting. I can help children and adults, individuals or couples, and/or families address parenting concerns, anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, and medical problems.
We know how important it is to find the right match when choosing a therapist for yourself or a family member. At the Pacific Anxiety Group, we select therapists who are experts in their fields. Our members are affiliated with prestigious institutions in the Bay Area, including Stanford University, Palo Alto University, the University of California, San Francisco, and the VA Palo Alto, and they have received training at some of the top graduate programs in the country.
The search for a therapist can be a daunting task filled with anxiety and skepticism. I believe the therapeutic relationship starts with comfort and trust, and it is important to feel a genuine connection with your therapist. It is important to feel valued and respected by your therapist as you may disclose the most vulnerable aspects of your life. With the right connection, you can feel supported to explore parts of you otherwise locked away.
I provide a safe and secluded confidential space to help you process difficulties, identify and stop negative patterns, improve your communication skills and enrich your relationships. Additionally, I specialize in providing hope for clients and helping them obtain personal balance in their lives, so that they can be genuinely happy. My goal is for every client to achieve his or her full potential for a productive and happy life. In each session, there is a collaborative effort to understand and process relationship issues and personal challenges, to nurture growth and to learn new communication and coping skills.
Are you or is someone you love struggling and trying to find help? Are you worried about a child who is unhappy at school, has trouble making friends, or seems sad or anxious? Are you feeling disconnected, stressed, or hopeless? Are these feelings and worries making it difficult for you to be the kind of friend, spouse or parent you want to be? Perhaps you are unsure how to help your child or yourself cope during this difficult time. I hope to provide a safe, caring, empathetic space so together we can explore and understand all of these difficult feelings.
Dr. Smith is a licensed clinical psychologist whose patients include adolescents, adults, and families. She uses insight-oriented and supportive techniques to help patients work through difficult events and feelings. While Dr. Smith defines herself as a generalist in the field of psychology, she does have areas of further experience, including but not limited to the following: Depression, Anxiety, Anger Management, Drug and Alcohol Treatment, Academic or Work Difficulties, Parent/Adolescent Conflicts, Family Conflicts and Resolution of Grief Issues.
I have been working with children and adolescents for over 30 years in the greater Bay Area. My primary practice focuses around facilitating youth through difficult transitions, school related stresses, anxiety, peer relationships, and self esteem. Additionally, I support young adults and adults dealing with anxiety, depression, sexual orientation and difficult life transitions.
***NOW ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS*** Life is a journey full of ups and downs. It doesn't come with a roadmap, and at times we all find ourselves in difficult situations. As your therapist, I will guide you and support you through these rough times by illuminating the path to healing and wholeness. In the face of life's challenges, our tendency is to cope, adapt and get by. Unfortunately some of these coping mechanisms are outdated and no longer serve us, so we go about life just "getting by". Rather than merely "surviving" you could be thriving.
My focus and goal as a clinician is to create a warm, safe and supportive environment for clients to explore their personal issues and find meaning and purpose in their lives. I specialize in working with young children, parents, couples and individual clients going through significant life transitions. It is in the therapist/client relationship where my clients can begin to explore their issues, challenges and needs and also discover their strengths and internal resources in order to have a better understanding of who they are and reach their goals.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Old Palo Alto, Palo Alto 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 Old Palo Alto, Palo Alto 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 Old Palo Alto, Palo Alto 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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