Feeling better matters so much and yet taking those first steps to make changes and moving towards recovery and growth are often not easy. You may feel as if you’re struggling even if you’re smart, hard-working and motivated, but you can feel better. Clients come to therapy burdened with such things as anxiety/mood concerns, grief/loss issues, low self-esteem, LGBTQ+ issues, men's issues or challenges with life transitions. They want to move forward and make positive changes but are not sure where to start. Have a mature and compassionate therapeutic partner with you on this journey. Claim your right to feel better and be fulfilled!
I want to welcome you to my practice where it is encouraged to be yourself unapologetically and find your truth in every area of your life. When navigating through life we can sometimes feel a variety of emotions where we feel that we need additional support to live a fuller and happier experience. My goal is to help you create and realize the goals you have within you and live the expression of the life you want.
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA, CCTS-I, WIEBGE
I believe the therapeutic alliance is one of the most important aspects of therapy. I tailor my approach to meet your needs, as I feel it is important to find what works for you, not what “should” work. Utilizing unconditional positive regard and empathy, I hope to encourage a feeling of self-love and acceptance. I believe that growth happens in many different areas, and I aim to help you create change that affects all aspects of your life. By working together, we can help identify your natural strengths, and learn simple ways to enhance your life and relationships, for results that are sustainable and long-term.
Basically we all want to be happy, feel fulfilled, be at peace and enjoy our days. We want to feel that our life has meaning and purpose and we strive for that in our relationships and priorities. We want to be free from chronic worry, negative thinking, disturbing emotions, painful memories, and behaviors and relationships that interfere with peace in the present moment and beyond. Suffering is a part of life--it is inevitable. Healing is about moving through and beyond suffering and limitation, transforming pain and suffering into personal power. Strategies and practices to heal, transform and find meaning is my practice focus.
I am currently virtual only. I am located in San Diego but am able to work with any resident of the State of California. Most come to me struggling and wanting something better-- those who are seeking clarity or just more satisfaction in life. Those who benefit most from my approach are ready to talk about their life & past, are motivated to make changes, able to experience difficult feelings, and believe they will benefit from examining how their past may influence their lives in present day.
I understand that everyone sometimes encounters obstacles in their lives that seem insurmountable. My goal is to create a therapeutic environment that allows each client to reach his or her full potential. I will work with you to address your symptoms and help you to rediscover your inner strengths to deal more effectively with your life's challenges and to guide you in the development of new life skills. I believe that each person is unique and therefore deserves an individual approach to therapy.
I am a spiritually-oriented Jungian therapist. I believe we are all here for a reason, part of which is to thrive and help others thrive as well. I would love to help you heal and achieve your life’s purpose. You have been just surviving for too long; it’s time to start thriving.
Life never fails to surprise. Though we expect things to go a certain way, problems inevitably arise. Jobs can suddenly change, marriages can struggle, we lose people we love, unexpectedly. How we manage the challenges of life has a considerable bearing on our mental health. Therapy is an invaluable tool to help in the coping process. Therapy can improve your moods, quiet fears, and brighten outlooks on life. It can help support and focus you as you consider difficult choices. It can heal wounded bonds and help you recover feelings of love and connection.
You are a creative person and you feel stuck. Anxiety and stress sap your energy. Perfectionism and busy-ness steal your inspiration. Maybe trauma and shame from the past keep you awake at night. You long for relief and are ready to find a therapist who "gets it."
Choosing a therapist can be a daunting task, and I believe that finding that right fit is an essential part of your therapeutic journey. I place great value on the therapeutic relationship and will strive to earn your trust while fostering a relaxed, empathetic and supportive environment. I take a collaborative approach and work at a pace that feels comfortable for you as I appreciate just how challenging this work can be. I have considerable experience in working with military, I specialize in couple therapy using EFT, I'm currently training in the model of AEDP and I have experience facilitating DBT, EFT and Codependency groups.
My clients describe me as warm, empathic and genuine. I am responsive and collaborative, letting you determine the pace and direction of our work together. My mission as a therapist is to help you feel more confident and compassionate toward yourself so you can feel like the best version of you. I will help you reduce feelings or symptoms you find bothersome and provide you with tools that will help you cope with difficulties now and into the future. Together we will overcome barriers so you can live an authentic life that is more aligned with your values.
Through this pandemic we are learning how to connect the world around us in new and continuously changing ways. During even the small changes we can experience grief related stress or anxiety simply trying to create new routines for ourselves or our families. Grief is a natural response to any form of loss in our lives. Often people only relate grief to the death of a loved one but it is much more common than that. The process of grieving a loss can happen from a move, a change in job, a loss of a relationship or even the loss of a dream once had.
Help Therapy has a network of over 150 licensed clinical psychologists, LCSW's, LMFT's, and NP's. When you schedule an appointment, you will be matched with a therapist according to your treatment needs, insurance, and geographical location. You choose how you would like to see your therapist - In-person, online or over the phone.
I am a Clinical Psychologist specializing in the treatment PTSD, substance use/addiction issues, and anxiety. I also work with clients experiencing insomnia, depression, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, chronic pain, and life issues such as personal growth and relationship problems. I take a trauma-informed approach to treatment and believe in treating the whole person, rather than simply focusing on symptom management. My commitment to a strength-based approach to treatment guides my work.
Struggling with anxiety, stress, and an inner critic? Feeling stuck and not sure what/how to move forward? Want to feel more in tune with yourself & show up in life as your best self? Whether your hopes are to to get unstuck, feel less anxious, learn tools to help you handle big feelings, experience more self love, feel more confident, strengthen your relationships, or feel more present and at peace in your life... I’d love to support you. Some areas I love to support clients in are: anxiety, self-esteem, relationships, boundary-setting, communication, creating healthy routines, perfectionism, people pleasing, and burnout.
Carrie Garrigus is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received her BA in Psychology and Masters in Social Work from the University of Connecticut. Carrie’s diverse experience includes working with adolescents, families, and adults in a variety of settings from, residential care, outpatient/inpatient, to emergency room, primary care, and correctional settings. In the beginning of her career, Carrie worked with adolescents experiencing trauma and insecure attachments.
My approach to therapy, counseling, or as I prefer to say therapeutic conversations is based in Narrative practices. I believe it is important for consumers to know that different therapists practice from different perspectives and those perspectives may influence how therapy is delivered. There are over 250 different approaches in how a therapist can conceptualize his or her work. How we understand change to occur, how we understand a particular problem and a person's relationship to a problem, can be different depending on the therapist's framework.
Welcome! Finding a therapist that you connect with can be the first step towards healing and feeling better. Whether you're suffering from depression, anxiety, PTSD or just feeling stuck, therapy can offer many benefits. Sometimes there are just seasons in our lives that are more difficult than others. I believe that these seasons can provide insight and growth opportunities. If together we can look at what is causing your suffering, perhaps you can learn something about yourself and start to heal. But first you must start the journey. Say yes to that part of yourself that wants to heal.
If you have struggled to find a therapist who understands the intersection of race/ethnicity, culture, and sexuality and gender can have on your life and your mental health. If you feel like you're looking for a therapist who understands race and sexuality issues. If you're feeling lonely, depressed, and lost and confused about who you are. I want you to know that there is hope for you, you are not alone and together we can make changes towards understanding all of you. With my help you can better understand yourself and find healing through my effective use of my cultural awareness, cognitive, and self-compassion based therapies.
I help individuals who feel stuck, who struggle to feel comfortable being with themselves or with others, who find their emotions to be overwhelming or avoid difficult emotions altogether, who feel trapped by their anxiety, or who feel like life is unfulfilling, like something is missing. I work with individuals with anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship or family issues, life stressors, burnout, any kind of transition, or really anyone who wants to live life to the fullest.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Hillcrest, San Diego 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 Hillcrest, San Diego 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 Hillcrest, San Diego, or Child Psychologists in Hillcrest, San Diego.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Hillcrest, San Diego 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 Hillcrest, San Diego 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.