You've taken a big first step just by making it to this page. Even if you are just scrolling for now, good for you. Some people come to therapy to grow as a person or to build insight. Most people seek out therapy because they are in some pain. Their immediate goal is to make the pain stop as quickly as possible. I am much more interested in getting to know your pain than I am in getting rid of it ASAP. We need to know where the pain stems from, how you hide it and why it scares you. That way we aren't "fixing" your pain in this moment, but we are preparing for the next time life inevitably throws a version of that pain at you.
Our life experience as individuals impacts how we receive the world around us. There exists a unique relationship between who each of us is as a person and the moments that mount between birth and death. My intention is to gain an understanding of who you are, and the challenges that you and/or your relationship(s) face in order to build a trusting, healing relationship with you. I aim to provide a challenging space of empathetic support and non-judgmental understanding, encouraging personal growth through increased insight, and thus promoting a broader perspective as you approach solutions to the answers you are searching for.
Do you want to find better solutions...restore broken relationships...communicate more effectively...learn conflict resolution skills...learn healthy coping strategies...or just get "unstuck"? Whatever your goals or needs may be...The good news is that, it is possible to create positive change, discover better ways of doing things, improve your relationships, and make real progress. We all want and deserve to have a fulfilling life, and to experience healthy relationships. That's why, we may need a little help from others in order to get there, but that's an important part of the process...
I bring the best of both worlds-- over 20 years experience as a psychotherapist, expert in the areas of treating depression, addiction and trauma and a Success and Performance Coach skilled in the latest strategies and techniques for motivation and change. I am able to take what appears to be an obstacle and turn it into a means of building emotional muscle. Obstacles will happen but it is the meaning we give to events that makes all the difference. I have a background in performance art and currently utilize mindfulness as a tool to assist clients in their lives.
Self-awareness, emotional insight, and acceptance of your strengths and areas in need of growth are essential to a healthy and happy life. As a licensed psychologist trained in psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral therapies I create a supportive and trusting environment for those seeking to gain insight and develop coping strategies to foster positive changes at home, work and in social settings. I have treated individuals with Bipolar, depression, and anxiety, PTSD and specialize in children and adolescents and families dealing with ADHD, conduct disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and adjustment issues.
I am a licensed therapist and a Christian. I have a passion for helping people who are broken and hurting, but have a desire to heal , and through the process of therapy seeing them grow and change. I enjoy watching God move in their lives towards a healthier more productive and satisfying life.
The thought of starting therapy can feel overwhelming. Sometimes we are ashamed to ask for help, or embarrassed by what we are seeking help for. The truth is, though, that in order to move forward, we have to face those things that are causing our pain and unhappiness. And sometimes we need help to do that. Asking for help takes courage. Allowing oneself to be vulnerable takes strength.
I believe that challenges, emotional pain and even struggling in the face of lifes' obstacles is the norm and not the exception, and that everyone would benefit from professional, individualized emotional support. If you are facing life transitions, such as starting a family, moving or immigration, or dealing with other challenges such as anxiety, depression, anger issues or conflict with others, I can help provide support and facilitate growth and adjustment to whatever life throws at you. I have experience working with adolescents and preteens as well as with adults and families.
Thank you for stopping to read my Introductory Information. I am a Marriage and Family Therapist with more than a decade of experience, who believes in providing Integrative Care for those I treat within a diverse population. I utilize an array of treatment modalities that may be applied to your specific needs. My services are Client Centered, with a focus on developing specific treatment goals and objectives. Care is always personalized and culturally sensitive. Treatment modalities offered include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Communications Therapy, Mindfulness, and DBT.
In the best of conditions, orienting ourselves towards personal growth is challenging and requires focus, dedication, and support. During major life events, staying on this mindful path can become overwhelming and we may find ourselves unable to find our bearings. For over 12 years, I have helped clients navigate difficult life transitions, such as recovery from addiction, overcoming trauma, healing from grief, cultivating healthy relationships, and achieving developmental milestones.
Helping clients live a more full life by understanding themselves is at the core of my practice. Trauma is one of the causes of a significant amount of mental issues. Sometimes it can be a shock trauma like a car accident. Sometimes it can be a developmental trauma from difficult relationships from childhood. I have spent my professional career helping people with trauma understand how trauma affects their lives and develop tools and skills to manage that trauma. My passion is bringing healing to people who have been through a traumatic/stressful experience.
Are you yearning to release feelings of hopelessness, overwhelm or helplessness? Are you seeking to transform a current situation or relationship? Do you need support as you start blending families or as you navigate the process of divorce? Would an experienced therapist be helpful to your adolescent and your family as you collectively address teenage addiction?
A lot happens in our day-to-day life that causes stress, anxiety, depression and other issues, my goal is to provide guidance with navigating through individual and societal struggles. My background is working with adolescents and young adults who struggle with issues related to self-identity, peer interactions, anxiety, and school related issues. I also work with adults that are struggling with life transitions, trauma, and anxiety/ depressive issues. I strive to not only figure out what works for you but to also tie in your interests, beliefs, and things important to you into our work together.
I empathically and collaboratively work with individuals and families towards healing, awareness, and authenticity. While exploring your unique experience we will process meaningful life events, underlying dynamics, and accompanying emotions. Employing a person centered approach with psychodynamic, dialectical, and mindfulness based techniques I attempt to facilitate insight, emotional integration, and movement towards your personal goals. My intention as a therapist is to clear the path that leads to your most realized and developed self.
I specialize in numerous issues but especially children and teens. I believe in working with my patients. When you come to my office you are trusting me with your life or your child's life. I want to work as a team and for you to ask questions as needed. Most people are coming to therapy for stressful reasons and I am ready to help I treat everyone I work with like a family member. But I am kind and get the job done because that is why you came to me. I look forward to working with you.
I can't imagine getting much out of only hearing “uh-huh" or the overly used, “how does that make you feel?”. Therapy is helpful when it's a conversation when you are looking for validation or ways to change behaviors or thoughts. Occasional use of humor and swearing can help you lower stress and defenses when stuck in fear, anger, or judgement. I invite you to swear if it helps you express how difficult, unfair, or delightful a situation is. I find this uncensored atmosphere leads to an honest therapeutic relationship. If you struggle with anxiety, depression, or life stressors, you may find these techniques useful and validating.
We know when you call us that you, your family or child/teen are experiencing difficult emotional times. We at The Lucas Rubino Center are here to help you & support you through these times. We want to make sure you receive the therapy you need in a caring environment & at an affordable price. Dr Rubino started the Rubino Center, 18 yrs ago, so people could be treated as people not as a number. We are all dedicated therapists & we look forward to helping you & working with you. We also encourage your comments & any questions you may have about your therapy.
We understand many people feel ashamed having to seek therapy for their child, family or themselves. However, no one is perfect and we all need help from time to time. We have created a relaxing atmosphere where you will not feel judged. We are here to assist you through a difficult time and to make the changes you need to make. Teens need help to. It is very common for teens to need therapy to deal with an issue in their life.
My approach is simple, and different. You can learn to be more empowered in your relationships, with your partner, your family, yourself, your anxieties, your depression. What do you want to experience in your relationships? What do you want to create I focus on helping your "best self" be more in control of your behavior. Learn to let your vision of how you want to live and behave control what you do rather than letting your past learned defenses and feelings be in charge of your behavior.
Are you feeling stuck with a problem that doesn't seem to be getting any better? I have been providing therapy to adult individuals and couples for over 25 years. Therapy can be a place where you can bring about enormous change in your life. I can help you learn how to create the change you are seeking. I offer a safe, understanding, and supportive therapeutic environment. I specialize in working with anxiety conditions, and other important areas of my practice include depression, relationship conflicts, trauma, and concerns that stem from separation and divorce, parenting, and mid-life transitions.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Pleasant Hill 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 Pleasant Hill 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 Pleasant Hill, or Child Psychologists in Pleasant Hill.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Pleasant Hill 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 Pleasant Hill 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.