Sometimes it is hard to ask for help. You have everyone else convinced that you have got it all together. However, there's parts of yourself you do not recognize, don't understand or simply feel you can not change. Sometimes these thoughts and feelings can lead us to behave in ways that are not healthy.
Anxiety can wreck relationships, work, creativity, focus, and self-worth by leaving you exhausted and unable to escape feeling overwhelmed. Maybe there are even days when you have so much dread that you struggle to get out of bed, which leaves you feeling guilty and unproductive. You spin your wheels worrying about everything. You long to connect more deeply with other people and to belong, or to experience more intimacy in your romantic relationships. You want more excitement and meaning. To make it worse, you may feel that no one understands what you go through or you have no one to talk to about it.
The decision to embark on the path of healing and face oneself, is not an endeavor to be taken lightly, as it requires courage, vulnerability, and patience with oneself. With that said, intentionally delving into a healing process can be a powerful and liberating experience - an amazing journey, filled with new discoveries about oneself. In my practice I help my clients shed light on their unconscious process, gain more awareness about themselves, including what motivates them, and better understand how they relate to others in their lives. I also support my clients in finding healthier ways of relating and coping.
I provide psychoanalytic psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults. Psychotherapy is a deeply personal and intimate undertaking that allows us to privately express, explore, and make sense of our lives and histories. I offer a style that is down-to-earth, thoughtful, practical, and collaborative. Because each person seeks out therapy for different reasons and brings a complex history, I tailor each treatment to meet your unique needs, goals, strengths, and preferences.
I am an easy to relate to therapist who has an uncanny ability to balance warmth and validation with being genuine and direct. I will collaborate with you to determine the way of relating, therapeutic style, and specific therapy interventions that make you feel most comfortable and are the most successful. I will use my expert training and education, using a growth oriented approach, to help you recover from depression, manage anxiety, improve your relationships (work, family, friendships, and romantic), and cope with general life stressors.
If you're struggling with difficult symptoms, problems in a relationship, or just a lingering feeling that things can be better in your life, psychotherapy can help. I see it as my job as a therapist to help you feel empowered, more alive, and connected to your vision of what you want your life to be. Therapy is new to many of the people I work with and I invite you to see how therapy can give you the tools to change your life.
Let’s face it – no one understands LGBTQ people better than LGBTQ people. And a therapist who “gets” you makes all the difference. At the Gay Therapy Center, all of our therapists are LGBTQ people. We are the largest private LGBTQ therapy provider in the country with therapists in DC, NYC, SF, LA, and online. An algorithm will never be able to decide if you will connect with your therapist. That’s why we talk to you on the phone to get to know you before matching you with one of our therapists. We eliminate the struggle and frustration of trying to find that “perfect fit” in a therapist.
I create a safe, judgement-free space for you to confront self-limiting beliefs and problematic behaviors. You will develop the awareness, skills and resources to heal and create the life you want. I specialize in anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, self-esteem issues and trauma. I utilize CBT, Mindfulness, Narrative therapy and Hypnotherapy techniques to help you navigate and overcome your challenges.
I work with sensitivity and compassion to create a safe environment in which issues can be explored. I de-mystify the therapeutic process in order to help you maximize your efforts to create the life you wish to have. I help you to discover the unique person you are, whether you are a professional, an artist, a parent, or a couple. Whether your challenge is situational, chronic, or acute, my goal is to help you learn how to create a more fulfilled life and enrich your relationships. I work deeply and pragmatically, so that you gain both insight, development, growth and practical knowledge.
I work collaboratively with individuals and couples to make significant shifts that result in long-lasting, increased life fulfillment. I have extensive experience working with issues such as: anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief and loss, trauma and substance abuse and recovery. I strive to ensure that my clients are clear about what they are learning and gaining from psychotherapy. This includes the identification of supportive tools and coping skills that continue to aid clients after the completion of therapy.
If you are feeling disconnected or wanting to learn how to more deeply connect to yourself or those you are in relationship with, therapy can be a place to learn a different way of relating. I see therapy as a collaborative place for you to grow in the direction that you want and to reset your vitality. I have a strength in working with: couples who want to nurture their bond or need relational resources; people who want more emotional strength and capacity for intimacy; people dealing with the impacts of sexual trauma; people who want to grow relational skills.
At the Bay Area Center for ADD/ADHD we work collaboratively as a group to provide the most effective treatment possible. We have psychiatrists, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and an educational therapist to help develop the best treatment for you. Who provide up-to-date evidence-based, effective treatment.
Many of my clients are successful professionals who are beginning to question whether they are on the right path. Some are searching for a more creative or spiritual way of life. Others crave relationships of greater substance. Still others seek clarity of purpose. Most feel limited by notions of what they have to be or do for the sake of others. You may have something in common with these people.
My intention as a therapist is to empower individuals be in tune with their deepest truths and to relate to life in a more authentic way. By providing a warm environment, I hope my clients feel safe to express what matters to them. My therapeutic approach is strongly influenced by more than 12 years of a dedicated meditation practice. I utilize mindfulness and somatic approaches in supporting people to become more aware of their thoughts, feelings, and body sensations. In doing so, I trust that our ability to welcome our experience creates possibilities for healing and ultimately to cultivate a "life worth living."
There are many reasons why people reach out for support and guidance from a professionally trained therapist. Though this step isn't always the easiest, it is often one of the best decisions a person can make as it is a huge act in self-care and taking charge of ones life. Finding the right match with your therapist is one of the most important elements of therapy and I will do my very best to help ensure that you are connected with other therapists who can help if I am not the right fit for you.
I have been in practice in Burlingame for over 25 years, specializing in couples' therapy and the treatment of individual adults having problems with depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. These issues can be the result of poor self-esteem, stress, trauma or abuse, grief and loss and difficulties with relationships. Some people are at higher risk for depression and anxiety because of their inherited biology as well as their learned patterns of thought and behavior. I work with my clients to understand their unique situation, to set goals and to provide treatment based on evidence from behavioral science research.
My belief is everything is interconnected. When we hurt in one area of our lives, often times the other areas hurt with it. As simple as it may sound, sometimes feeling our feelings can be hard work. Truly understanding and being honest with authentic selves can be challenging and sometimes scary. No one should have to do this alone. Together, we can deeply listen and nurture your authentic self to help you heal and grow. We are not just talking together, we are experiencing. To learn more, visit my website at: nakaimatherapy.com
If you feel the stress of personal relationships, the stress of work, and even the stress bottled up from life circumstances over the years, we may be able to help. When challenging experiences push us away from our path, and from living up to the potential we know we have, an attentive and responsive therapeutic environment for positive healthy change may help. Our office is a safe, private, and confidential space to tell your story and define your journey. We offer support to help you sort through worries, stress, negative feelings, and the internal tensions holding you back from developing a fresh and clear journey for your life.
As a clinician, I have been privileged to work with people as they transform their difficulties from the past into a richer, more functioning fabric of the present.
I have been in practice for over 30 years, working with adults, adolescents and couples. I utilize EMDR for the treatment of trauma, anxiety, and for performance enhancement. I also work extensively in the treatment of alcoholism and other addictions, often treating family members of the addicted/alcoholic individual. In recent years I have been involved in the treatment of firefighters, police, and other First Responders.
You may have come here because something is not working in your life and you want it better or because you want more from life. I come with my training, my 30 years of experience as a psychotherapist, my many more years of life experience, my mind, good heart and my intention to heal. You come with your issues, your past, perhaps with your anxiety, depression, or guilt. You also come with your strengths, some of which you might not recognize, and upon which we will build. I believe we are equal as humans, just sitting different chairs. I look forward to working with you.