Estrangement in families is more common than many people realize. Adult children find themselves making the impossible choice to separate themselves from a family they love and can't manage. On the other side, parents can feel fearful and powerless, hurt and confused. I can help you explore how efforts to reach your adult child could be backfiring, and why your selfless generosity may be met with rejection. With training and experience in individual therapy a variety of family constellations, I'm ready to help you get beyond feeling stuck.
I assume you're here because you're struggling in some way, and that whatever you've been doing in your life to deal with your pain simply isn't working any longer. So you've hit a kind of impasse, and you're unable to work around the pain, manage it, ignore it. My clients usually find me through some kind of loss--a divorce or relationship upset, an illness or other transitional experience--often accompanied by difficult feelings and behaviors. Taken together, the result is a crisis of meaning and a radical disruption of the status quo of their lives.
I work with pre-teens, teens, and adults. I help clients become resilient, aware of what truly matters to them, live in the present moment, and effective in managing stress and difficult emotions. Sometimes past disappointments, fear and shame, loss, or trauma keep us stuck. Often my clients do not know how to cope with difficult situations and intense emotions, which causes them to be emotionally vulnerable and reactive. Things can easily get out of control when you lack effective coping or experience instability in life. I would like to help you develop new ways of thinking, relating to others and oneself, and managing stress.
I am a geriatric neuropsychologist with a specialty practice in Northern California focusing on consultation, assessment, and expert witness testimony in forensic cases involving issues of mental capacity, undue influence, conservatorships, will contests, and financial abuse in the older adult. I also maintain a clinical practice focusing on neuropsychological assessment, treatment planning, and psychotherapy for older adults in the San Francisco Bay Area.
I can help if you are struggling with: anxiety, depression or other mood issues; aging or life-threatening illness; or relationship difficulties; or the consequences of living with serious mental disorders. I help people affected by loss including people dealing with grief, facing death, or serious illness, but if you think of your own situation you might realize that loss is playing a role in your search for a therapist. I also work with people who aren't deeply troubled, but are searching for growth in their work, relationships, or who are feeling the absence of a spiritual center in their lives.
What I bring to my work in over 25 years of working with people is clarity, competence, personal warmth and an ability to draw from a wide range of effective approaches. I have had particular success with couples, teenage girls and individuals in recovery. My approach is both personable and effective.
Part of my philosophy of therapy is that if you can't laugh with someone, you probably don't want to cry with them, either. I do both with my clients because I think accepting, respecting & embracing all of your feelings and experiences-- from joy to pain to absurdity and everything else-- is what healing and wholeness are all about. Therapy to me isn't about reaching some outside ideal of perfection; it's about connecting with your true & one-of-a-kind self and becoming who YOU really are.
A great teacher at Esalen Institute once told me, "we are wounded in relationship and we heal in our relationships". I have come to believe this whole-heartedly as I see our relationships with others, ourselves, and even the earth break down and get off balance, lacking fulfillment or even becoming destructive. Most people who have suffered neglect, trauma or loss become discouraged, needing support and resources to heal and move forward with hope. However, I believe all people carry the seed of intuitive insight and courage that they need to make positive changes in their lives.
There are so many pressures and complexities in our experiences in the modern day world, and it can be a lot to navigate on our own. I'm here to help with a variety of issues including traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, grief and relationship issues as well as those seeking to open their voices, creativity, expression and capacities for transformation, change and growth. If you want to feel more calm and centered in meeting the challenges of your day-to-day life, want to develop a relationship with yourself and others that is more compassionate and accepting, or experience more inner freedom, I have tools to support you.
I have been practicing almost 20 years as a psychotherapist and continue to be humbled by your stories. I provide a safe and welcoming energy in our work together, while challenging you to become your better self. I respect that You are the expert of your life. Do you struggle to find silver linings in chaos? Do you want balance, clear decision making, organization, authenticity? Are you aware that effective communication and your choices can transform relationships and collaboration across all areas of your life? How can I best help you move forward from where you are to where you want to be?
We all wish to live happy, successful and meaningful lives. Yet, life often challenges us in unexpected ways. In these moments, we may feel overwhelmed, confused, and filled with doubt. Difficulties in health, relationships, employment, or a child's development are some of the circumstances I have been contacted about for assistance. Through active listening and thoughtful inquiry, I will assist you in developing tools and strategies to address your concerns. Over the course of my years as a psychotherapist, I have frequently been moved by the persistence, courage and inner strength my clients have uncovered in the midst of their struggles.
We specialize in the treatment of children, teens, adults and families. We use ACT, CBT, art and play therapy to work with children who are struggling with friendships, impulse control issues, the effects of divorce, low self-esteem, anxiety, and depression. Our evidence based practices are especially helpful for children with OCD, separation anxiety, fears and phobias, attachment and adoption issues, sleep issues, and post traumatic stress. As a parent you can also benefit by gaining new insights about your child and getting guidance and consultation.
There are many reasons that people seek out the support of a psychotherapist. Perhaps you feel overwhelmed, alone, anxious, or disconnected from life, those around you, and yourself. You may be struggling with a particular issue, or find yourself in a chapter of life that has you longing for more. You may be at a point where life feels ok, and yet, there’s a sense that more connection, growth, expression and fulfillment may be possible for you. Whatever it is that has brought you here, welcome. You've taken the first step along the path of healing and moving toward the life that is calling you. Every part of you is welcome here.
Have you had a difficult or traumatic life experience that you can't recover from on your own? Did you grow up in a chaotic home where it felt hard to be seen or to get your needs met? You may have felt a persistent anxiety and lack of safety due to issues beyond your control. If you struggle in your current relationships and seem to experience too many painful feelings like fear, anger, sadness, shame, or guilt you might have unresolved trauma, even if it doesn't seem to match your idea of what trauma is. I can help you heal from the past and let go of your negative feelings/beliefs so that you can live more fully in the present.
My style is collaborative, engaged and supportive. I will work with you to overcome depression, anxiety, substance abuse or relationship issues that are holding you back from leading a more fulfilling life. In individual work we will explore your past experiences and family of origin that may have brought you to hold on to many negative unconscious beliefs and behaviors that are leaving you unhappy or unsuccessful in both your work and intimate relationships. In couples work we will work to dismantle destructive communication patterns, learn new ways of reaching toward your partner and increase levels of true intimacy.
How you feel today is important to me. Many people coming to therapy believe that something is missing. It might be love, understanding, support, meaning, a sense of purpose, lack of control, a job, or a partner. Therapy can help. I would be honored to guide you through a self-empowering journey that could help you enable the changes you would like to achieve in your personal life or within your family. I work directly with individuals, couples, children, and families. My style is gentle, compassionate and authentic, and I provide unconditional acceptance, optimism, patience, and trust.
This may come as a surprise to you, but if you are looking for regular talk therapy, I lovingly suggest you contact someone else. Many of my clients have been in therapy off and on for years without experiencing the healing and fulfillment they long for. In my work, I integrate body-centered psychotherapy, meditation, spirituality, breathwork, and cognitive skills training to support my clients to heal the wounds that are ready to be healed and hone the life skills needed to live and love well. Please reach out to set up a no-cost phone consult to see if we're a great fit. I look forward to connecting. www.amandastason.com
I can help you feel good again in your life. You may have tried therapy before or talking with friends and family. But the real, tangible changes that you want haven't happened.
I can help you create meaningful, lasting change by guiding you through experiential therapy that reformulates you in body, mind, soul and spirit.
I specialize in working with: Pre-teens, teens and young adults; Families and Parenting- including acting out behaviors, conflicts with teens, discipline, substance abuse, etc.; Men's issues- including relationships, connecting with or managing emotions, career issues and life transitions
I have an engaged, relational approach, grounded in modern research on the brain, trauma and attachment. I believe the goal of therapy is to realistically become who you truly are--not to fix you, or tell you how to be. I'm an eco-psychologist, a feminist therapist, and a Jungian. If you work with me, we'll look at your personal, family and cultural history, and the beliefs you hold about yourself and the world. Where we find traumas, disturbing memories, negative beliefs and uncomfortable feelings, we can use a variety of methods to loosen then, learn from them and heal them, including EMDR. I'm LGBTQII-positive.
Most people suffer from unconscious guilt and shame stemming from their childhood traumas. Guilt causes us to unconsciously do self-destructive things. Shame causes us to isolate ourselves and hide our true selves. Both guilt and shame make people feel undeserving and isolated. My approach to therapy is to help patients find relief from their irrational guilt and feelings of shame and to develop a realistic sense of pride in who they are.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in San Rafael 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 San Rafael 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 San Rafael 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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