In my practice, my mission is to help my clients decrease suffering and increase life satisfaction. I am a believer in the idea that though pain is inevitable, suffering is optional. The principles I live by for creating a fulfilling life include building self-esteem, living a value-based life, and effectively navigating pain. I assist individuals who struggle with a variety of obstacles, including anxiety disorders, substance abuse, depressive disorders, interpersonal conflicts, and the overall challenges arising from living life on life's terms.
I work with clients on anxiety, depression, wellness and self-care, relationship (s) with self and others, codependence/attachment, as well as the impact of substance use within family and relationships. I work with families on communication, connection, trauma, and substance use histories. The clients I work with want to increase self-connection, and connection to others in their life. They are curious and open-minded. I am a licensed clinical social worker and modern millennial psychotherapist based in Los Angeles. I am so excited about the work I do, and hope to connect with you on your therapy journey!
My therapeutic style is grounded in the belief that authentic relationships are healing. I support people of various ethnic groups, sexual orientations and socioeconomic backgrounds to bring meaning to their lives, connect with their aliveness, and expand their sense of personal choice and freedom. My approach combines gestalt therapy, attachment theory and somatic experiencing. I am also trained in EMDR. For a decade I have been providing therapy to teens, adults and couples.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by obsessive, unwanted thoughts and anxiety? Maybe you're experiencing concerns about harm, a past event, contamination, or being with the wrong partner. Do you feel trapped in a cycle of repetitive mental rehearsing, checking, cleaning, reassurance-seeking, or avoidance behaviors in an attempt to get relief? OCD is a frequently misunderstood disorder that can present itself with a myriad of themes, leaving the sufferer feeling trapped and hopeless. Luckily, effective treatment is available. I offer a safe, supportive space for clients to learn the tools to break free from the exhaustive grip of OCD.
Do you feel, think, and sense things at a deeper, sometimes overwhelming level? You may be a highly sensitive person (HSP). My passion is working with HSPs to soothe indecision, insecurity, and boundary issues, so they can tap into their creativity, flexibility, and perceptiveness. Other areas of expertise include social and performance anxiety, high achievers/gifted adults, adult children of emotionally immature parents, and parents of highly sensitive children. If you have suffered a loss (breakup, loved one or pet, job, dream), I can help you make sense of things and move forward with confidence and hope.
I am incredibly passionate about psychotherapy, and not only that, I believe in it with all my heart. I value the individuality of each and every one of my clients, and I believe the relationship we form is the basis for real change and growth. I am committed to understanding my clients very deeply, and in helping them understand themselves. In addition to gaining insight and awareness, I encourage clients to utilize skills and implement change to help them live life to their fullest. I give 100% of my effort, attention, and focus on my clients to provide the best care needed.
I am a licensed clinical therapist that uses a strengths-based, trauma-informed, and client-centered approach in therapy. I have worked in diverse settings, including child abuse prevention, outpatient behavioral health, UC college campuses, jail and prison, and hospitals. I have significant experience providing crisis intervention in collaboration with the Los Angeles Police Department and Metropolitan Police Department. I specialize in navigating intimate partner violence, sexual assault, trauma, and depression issues.
Often the desire to start therapy begins when you realize that you are not in control of your feelings, goals, wishes, your own life. Those are the moments that you realize that maybe something needs to change. The change you seek may be specific around a certain event, or more diffuse, based on larger transformations, a desire for deeper insight or better self-awareness. Whatever it is, you do not have to deal with it alone and finding the right therapist is an important first step. As your therapist, I'll meet you with curiosity, warmth, and respect, creating a safe space where you can re-connect with your best self.
I have designed a private psychotherapy office especially for the creative client. This type of personality is more visually sensitive to their environment. The unique eclectic furniture styles, colors, fabrics, lighting, varied types of art work, and musical instruments, help create an uplifting and soothing atmosphere for therapy.
It’s time for you to experience authentic peace and joy in your life and relationships. Let me help you! I’m an ASW and I specialize in working with PTSD (military and childhood trauma including sexual abuse and neglect), GAD, social anxiety, and difficult life transitions. I also have experience as an Active Duty Marine with a deployment to Iraq in 2008. I’ve worked with adults and children who’ve experienced different forms of trauma and abuse. I use Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help discover your strengths and functional and/or dysfunctional behavior and thinking patterns.
Adjusting to parenthood is one of the most profound transitions you will have in your lifetime. It is a time when support is truly needed. Not only is motherhood physically exhausting at times; it can be emotionally draining as well. The highs and pure love are often coupled with lows and uncertainty. Unfortunately, moms often do not share experiences that are outside the happiness ideal. If you are experiencing both highs and lows or feelings of ambivalence, you are not alone. These feelings are not a reflection of who you are as a person or mother.
Often times, feelings of anxiety, depression, and fear can leave us paralyzed and unable to achieve our goals and find real fulfillment. I believe that through therapy and the relationship created in the therapeutic process, people can confront and overcome the feelings that may be keeping them from fully realizing their potential. As a therapist my goal is to create a safe, nurturing, non-judgmental environment in which you can explore feelings, resolve painful issues from the past and present, improve relationships and achieve fulfillment.
I believe anxiety and stress to be the foundation of many issues we all face. My first goal is to help my patients reduce stress thereby decreasing chronic pain, depression and even the ravages of disease and illness. By developing rapport and trust and then utilizing healthy coping skills, the goal of anxiety reduction can be achieved. Its important to remember that we are engaged in a collaborative process where we learn to accept, resolve, move on and let go. I find that mindfulness, meditation and breathing is highly effective in decreasing anxiety and depression.
Everyone's lives have been deeply impacted by the current Covid-19 outbreak. The sudden loss of income and the mandatory quarantine have left many people feeling overwhelmed and isolated. Although times of crisis are extremely challenging, they also provide us with opportunities to witness the profound resiliency of the human spirit and the extraordinary power of simple, genuine human kindness. If you are experiencing overwhelming anxiety or feelings of hopelessness, please remember that you are not alone. We have all been impacted by this crisis, and together we will find ways to help each other through this difficult time.
In therapy with me you will feel understood and supported. I utilize a compassionate strengths-based approach along with engaging, profound, and varied interventions such as mindfulness, art therapy, sand-tray and humour that increase a sense of self awareness and inner-wisdom leading to emotional well-being. ~ En terapia conmigo, usted se sentira' plenamente entendida/o y apoyada/o. Mi enfoque es compasivo, basado en hacer brillar las fortalezas de mis clientes. Utilizo intervenciones profundas y variadas, incluyendo arte y humor, que incrementan su consciencia personal para lograr un estado estable de bienestar emocional.
In your search for a therapist, you will want someone who both understands what you are going through, and who is passionately committed to working with you to figure out where you want to go and how to get there. Therapy is above all a process and journey of self discovery which requires a guide who is patient and supportive, and at the same time encouraging and persistent to help you understand your self and the often hidden patterns of your life and relationships that hold you back. I offer a healing dialogue that is pragmatic and integrative, while providing a trusting environment for growth and change.
Hi there, I specialize in working with women in their 20's and 30's who are struggling with depression, anxiety, and panic that may be preventing them from enjoying life to its fullest. In our work together, we may also focus on processing unresolved trauma and attachment issues that may be impacting current relationships. We'll discuss how to navigate dating, relationship issues, and breakups. My goal is to help you connect with your emotions, navigate overwhelming feelings, and increase your coping skills in order to improve your relationship with yourself and others.
Individuals contact me because they are feeling joyless, depressed, hopeless or have unexplainable mood swings. Some are constantly worried, anxious, or panicked and may not know why, or how to calm themselves. Others struggle with chronic feelings of being inadequate or deficient and not feeling worthy of receiving positive recognition. Some are troubled by how over-reactive they can be to people, events or circumstances in their life. Others feel little control over their behavior whether it is outbursts of anger, compulsive sex, gambling, or substance abuse. And some have difficulty achieving and sustaining friendships or intimate relationships.
I enjoy working with BIPOC peoples and anyone who identifies as a child of immigrants. I hold a strong social justice & anti-racist approach to my work. My clients appreciate how I allow them to be in the driver’s seat of their own process. As a South Asian woman, I am passionate about supporting the community from which I come. My clients enjoy the laid back and casual-feel of our sessions. I strive to help you identify patterns that may not be working, and replace them with solutions that will. I tailor our time together with a variety of approaches while also centering a safe space for rich & authentic conversations!
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Santa Monica 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 Santa Monica 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 Santa Monica 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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