Wanting change is hard. The idea of applying change can be terrifying and can even seem like a dream. Therapy is learning to become vulnerable, authentic, to feel balanced and whole. If you are struggling professionally, in your personal relationships, marriage/family, struggling with anxiety, addiction, depression and trauma.
Does it feel like no matter what you try, your child is still having behavioral problems at home and school? Are you always worrying and find it hard to relax? Are you struggling with feelings of sadness and not having as much fun engaging in your favorite pastimes? Do you feel like you have tried everything to solve your problems and would like some new ideas and additional support to move forward?
Tired of the incessant chatter in your head? Wish you could find a moment of peace and inner calmness? Or maybe you wish you could feel something… just anything. Being a human being can sometimes be a challenging and confusing experience. It may also be a joyful and meaningful one. I help clients find just that. Through a collaborative experience, I bring openness, mindfulness, and curiosity to help people find their strength and courage and move through life in meaningful way. It's a New Year, let's work together to make it the best yet.
The decision to find a therapist for your child or adolescent is fraught with anxiety. Parents are taking a risk in choosing to share their children and their vulnerabilities with me. In my work I have the utmost respect for this decision and appreciate how challenging it is. So often you worry about what you did wrong or feel powerless to help. You may feel like you've tried everything or that you've failed. You may blame yourself or feel like you are failing your child in some way, or like you just need someone who can help.
We are all looking to live a happy and fulfilled life! But, often, challenges come our way that prevent us from getting there. Life challenges have a way of forcing us to steer away from being happy. We start to look inward and question who we truly are. But when life challenges invite us to look inward, we can either face it or try to escape from it. However, there are many paths that we can take to reroute ourselves back to the right path, and Psychotherapy is one of those paths. We at Stillpoint Counseling Associates would like to help you get there.
Does life just feel off? Is something wrong but you can't figure out how to fix it? Over time, life stressors build up leaving us feeling anxious, depressed and angry. We cope by overeating, overexercising, overworking, arguing with the ones we love and fighting with ourselves. Whether it's one or all of these things, it is too much to handle on your own and I want to help you lighten the load.
Mental, emotional and relational struggles negatively impact all areas of our lives. Often these struggles show up in feeling depressed, anxious, overwhelmed or stuck in unhealthy patterns and behaviors. However, discovering mental, emotional and relational health positively impacts all areas of lives.
Do you struggle knowing what you want? How you feel? Who you are? Do you have racing thoughts? Guilt and shame that steal your joy and peace? Do you feel like there are parts of you, at war within yourself, that aren't well integrated? Have you compulsively pleased others for so long that you no longer feel connected to your authentic self? Do you lack a sense of belonging, connectedness, and purpose? Do healthy relationships seem elusive? Impossible?
***ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS FOR AFTERNOON/EVENING APPTS*** Who needs therapy? We all do! I believe we can all benefit from an hour a week dedicated to introspection, healing, and increased self-understanding in a warm, nonjudgmental environment where we feel safe and supported. You may be struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, or hopelessness over a loss of control over your life, relationships, or an increasingly scary world. Or maybe you're just feeling "stuck" in old, unproductive patterns and need encouragement, accountability, and the motivation to improve your relationships and create the life you desire. Whatever brings you to therapy, my only goal is to support you and your growth, healing, and fulfillment. I work with male and female adults, couples, "ever-singles," and older adolescents (16+).
Do you feel out of control and have become familiar with the thought that situations happen and you have to deal with them alone? I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker that is driven and passionate about meeting my client’s in the moment and working alongside them to move forward, explore different avenues in each life changing decision and help them redefine their ideal self.During my time in the mental health field, I have learned much about the importance of prevention and the difference it makes in a person’s life when services are provided in a timely and effective manner.
It has been my passion to help people improve their health and well being for over 30 years. I started my career as a Dietitian/Nutritionist, helping people improve their health through nutrition counseling and behavior change. I soon discovered that it takes more than knowledge and good intention to change long held habits, beliefs and behaviors. Childhood trauma, poor self esteem, unhealthy attachments, faulty thinking and dysfunctional relationships all impact our ability to value ourselves and to live a healthy and fullfilling life. I became a psychotherapist to more fully address the whole person - heart, mind and body.
Have you been feeling "stuck", "numb", "overwhelmed" or just downright "defeated" lately? I want to give you the tools and techniques that help you get back up and keep moving forward in life. I work with individuals, children, couples, and families by helping them maneuver through difficult life challenges; while also guiding them in understanding their emotional needs in regards to their relationships and personal well-being. I want to help you understand your emotional needs, build better relationships, and heal from whatever has been troubling you so that you no longer feel like a victim of your past or current situation.
Your relationship is falling apart. Your life isn't where you want it to be. You don't like who you see in the mirror. These statements often replay on a mental loop for us. Not having direction or the answers is so frustrating! Wanting so badly to "fix" it but not knowing how or who to turn to without feeling embarrassed, guilty, or judged. It is my passion in life to walk by your side during your tough times, passing down my skills and training to teach you how to handle these times with confidence.
Is your teenager talking about things like wanting to harm themselves or end their life? Is your teenager demonstrating signs of depression or unmanageable anxiety and you don’t know how to help? As a parent who loves their child deeply, I can only imagine how hard it is to watch your child go through this. As we hit the two year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic, I find that the pressures placed on teenagers in today’s environment are overwhelming. Teenagers have experienced so much loss in the past two years that has stripped away many of their normal coping skills due to circumstances outside of our control.
We all face difficult issues and need someone to help us through these challenging times. Struggling with a relationship, anxiety, depression, bipolar, addiction, substance abuse, co-occurring disorders, work/school issues, life changes, marital, domestic and family issues or any other issues we are here to help you. 12-Step meetings may not be enough to overcome the underlying issues that lead to substance use and other disorders. If you're looking for extra support and guidance, we look forward to helping you achieve your goals. We offer a safe and supportive environment with an empathic therapist who understands.
Where the healing begins...takes personal courage. Often times, it is not easy to ask for help because our fears of being judged. No longer do you have to suffer alone or in silence from: trauma, addictions, depression, anxiety, grief/loss, divorce or relationship difficulties. I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 17 years of experience who will compassionately & effectively assist you through the counseling process. The "RDH Factor" of being able to Reveal, Deal, and Heal will provide empowerment. Working with clients to find relief & make changes towards freedom in making decisions & choices is a passion of mine.
I have been a licensed marriage and family therapist for 20 years. My clinical experience has been working with adults, adolescents, and children, providing individual, couple, and group psychotherapy. Psychotherapy refers to different techniques and methods used to help people who are experiencing difficulties with their emotions, thoughts, or behaviors. Although there are different types of psychotherapy, each relies on communication as the basic tool for bringing about change in a person's feelings and behaviors.
“ Mojo: The life force. The essence. The right stuff. What the French call a certain 'I don't know what'. ” -Dr. Evil from “Austin Powers 2” You: a go-getter, ‘shining bright like a diamond’; sterling AND grounded. But recently: barely mustering the energy and courage to pass the day. You know you’re not a fraud but half don’t believe yourself: “I’m good at and enjoy my job and it pays well; my friends and family are amazing and supportive; I look good on paper so how can I feel SO WEAK, apathetic, disconnected; dumb?...
I provide a strong and caring presence that allows people to relax, put down their walls and masks and enter into telling and seeing the most honest version of themselves and their stories. I come alongside people in times of fear, anxiety and confusion and provide a caring guidance that helps bring healing for their past hurts, a clearer understanding of their present situation and new possibilities for a better future. Whether it is working with adolescents or adults, my true strength comes from a deeply grounded faith and a secure identity that brings confidence and assurance to all around me.
Sometimes life can be difficult and we can get stuck in ways that keep us from achieving our full potential. Many people stay too long in a place of unhappiness and despair. If you are anxious, depressed, grieving, have difficulties at work, have been thru a traumatic experience or just feel stuck and hopeless, you need someone to understand you and provide the professional support and expertise to help you feel good again. I have over 10 years of experience working with individuals, children and families of various backgrounds.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Placentia 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 Placentia 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 Placentia, or Child Psychologists in Placentia.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Placentia 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 Placentia 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.