If you are feeling disconnected from yourself, your partner, or from others, that the weight of the past is becoming too heavy to carry on your own, or that your life is missing flavor or joy, I would like to work with you to support the change you seek.
Do you want to improve your marriage or relationship? Do you want to overcome your challenges with parenting? Are you a teen or young adult struggling with difficult times? Do you want to achieve your personal and professional goals? I can help you take the next steps on your path to reaching your highest potential. I bring caring, compassion and humor to our work together as we find the most effective ways for you to improve your life and enjoy the well-being you deserve.
I am passionate about working with individuals and couples who desire more vitality, depth and richness in their lives and relationships. My work focuses on helping you liberate your unique self by working with patterns that keep you stuck or suffering; and then to transform these patterns by evoking a deep embodied presence in you. We will work collaboratively in a supportive, empathic environment using imagination and creativity to help you deeply be yourself and experience your life in new ways! In couples, working on these individual patterns together can transform the relationship.
Are you looking to overcome feelings of depression and anxiety and live your best life? Are you tired of feeling weighed down by things that have happened in your past? Do you feel like you are alone in dealing with the your gender, sexuality and the changes that come with being your authentic self? I specialize in working with the brave people who want to (and do) overcome these challenges and go on to have very fulfilling and satisfying lives.
I believe that we all possess the innate wisdom and ability to thrive when we're connected to our authentic self. In our work together, I can help you identify your greatest strengths and work through any road blocks that may be inhibiting your path. By providing a safe, supportive, and nonjudgmental space, I'll help you explore the thoughts and behaviors that no longer serve you and work toward healing past emotional wounds that may be holding you back from living a fulfilling life.
My specialty is Domestic Violence -child abuse/sexual assault. I have been working with VOC from the DA's office for over 10 years providing services to both men and women/children in crises situations. I work with CCC Superior Court, Family and Criminal to help individuals seek visitations with their children after an arrest or involvement with CFS. I also perform as a 730 expert. I provide couples therapy, reunification therapy. I see teens who are having trouble in school and at home. I work with whole families to teach communication tools and implement behavior modification tools. I am a systems therapist.
Having been in practice for 30 years and married for 46 years. I believe that I have with wisdom, training and experience to effectively to a wide range of difficulties that people encounter during the lives. I work with marital difficulties, OCD, anxiety and depressive disorders using a range of therapeutic interventions but CBT is often the treatment of choice. I believe that change is difficult, uncomfortable and takes time, but lasting change is possible. Encouraging people through these difficult changes is an important part of the process. My special area of interest is parenting and child related issues.
SOS is a non-profit counseling agency that provides affordable therapy services to everyone in our community regardless of ability to pay. We offer individual therapy for adults, teens and children, couples counseling, and families at our Community Counseling Clinics in Santa Rosa, Cloverdale and Rohnert Park. We have a diverse team of pre-licensed therapists who bring a variety of clinical specialties to our clinics.
I understand that human beings are multifaceted. It can be hard to understand why you think and behave the way you do. You may experience conflicting feelings that lead you in circles or undermine your deepest wishes or goals. You may also be grappling with loss, life transition, family conflict, and the end of a relationship. You may struggle with a new role as a step-parent or new spouse. Life events and transitions can be disruptive and confusing. In therapy, we discover that challenging times lead us to grow into ourselves more fully and authentically.
I believe we all have multiple aspects to our personalities shaped by our years of living. Together, we look at how past experiences influence one's current choices and feelings. Sometimes it can be difficult to regulate all of these feelings, which can affect relationships, parenting and self esteem. I provide a safe, nurturing therapeutic place to explore these issues, and help restore happiness to one's life.
I believe in the Existential/Humanistic school of thought and the importance of making meaning in our lives. By meeting my clients in the here-and-now, I am able to work with them where they are presently, without going too far ahead of them or getting bogged down in the past. I’m collaborative, creative, and believe in an integrated approach when working with people. No single form of therapy works for all clients, so I am comfortable using different psychotherapeutic approaches. I believe that true psychological healing comes from the experience the client has with the clinician, so the relationship itself is of great value
Starting with the initial consultation, I begin helping my clients clarify their goals for treatment, identify any potential obstacles to achieving those goals, and together we begin creating a treatment plan for success. My style is empathic, candid, and direct. I listen intently, but I also ask questions, I explore, I provide real, authentic feedback, and I use humor…I love to laugh. Primarily, my role is to help my clients understand the meaning and the impact of their experiences and recognize patterns--even when they may not want to see them.
My work with young adult to elder individuals grounded in a nurturing and safe environment. I draw from therapeutic orientations of Object Relations Therapy, Solutions-Focused Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Family Systems. Talk, relational, art, sand tray, and play therapies mediate the therapeutic process. Each client plan is individualized to the to fit the circumstances and needs. Biofeedback is not covered by Partnership HealthPlan, Beacon Health Strategies, or Medi-Cal. Check with your particular plan before. Payment is due at the time of service and I can supply a superbill.
Therapy is a place to discuss any issue, big or small. Together, we will identify the root cause(s) of what is negatively impacting your life and preventing you from reaching your goals. In our sessions, I will help you be more in line with your “best self” by challenging any self-defeating thoughts or behaviors while developing healthier coping skills and ways of thinking. If you’re looking to address anxiety or depression, improve communication in your relationship (as an individual or couple), or navigate life transitions (like loss or coping with a disability), I can help get you through it.
As you read these words, you may be having second thoughts about contacting a therapist. That is understandable. Even as we struggle with personal problems, or work to solve problems with a relationship, it's natural to have questions about reaching out for help. You may wonder whether you will feel comfortable with the person you call, and may be uncertain about how therapy can help.
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT, APCC
I am here to help you listen to the signals of your body, mind, heart and relationship that are calling for a new way of being. Often these signals come in the form of conflict, sexual blocks, loneliness, depression, anxiety, addiction, grief; I believe they are an initiation. Something is out of sync: you know all the "right" things to do, and yet they still don't seem to get to the heart of the problem. You are beginning therapy because part of you knows it would be more uncomfortable to continue "business-as-usual" than to open to change.
I work with people who are in need of a safe and supportive environment to figure out and pursue their life goals. They want to understand how to bring movement to the stuck and repeating aspects of their lives.
My therapy approach is client centered and relational and helps to resolve childhood and adult traumas, decrease stress, lessen grief, clear phobias, free creativity and enrich relationships. I believe that therapy is a joint effort and a relational process. You will provide the material and we will work together to help you heal old or stuck emotions, beliefs and behaviors that impact your life today. Through your work in therapy, you can change negative beliefs to positive self concepts, find humor and change unwanted behaviors. I will witness, accompany and guide you on your journey.
REST YOUR MIND -OPEN YOUR HEART For over 25 years I have been both a LMFT and a Buddhist meditation teacher (see OccidentalLagunaSangha.org), but I work with clients of all beliefs. I bring mindfulness practices, focusing therapy, depth psychology, cognitive behavioral therapy and lots of life experience to my work with clients. Clients often bring depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and life transitions to our work. Together with empathy and compassion we explore what cuts us off from being more fully present with our lives.
We are the therapy office for people who don't like therapy. Our belief is that therapy doesn't have to be the uncomfortable, somewhat formal experience that most people expect. We have 2 therapy dogs, Jackson and Larry to greet you when you come in the door. Larry is Jackson's understudy and is still quite ..well ... enthusiastic in greeting clients (as long as you're not the mailman). For privacy, we have no on Mendocino Ave, but once you get inside you'll know that you're in the right place. We talk to you like one human to another to help you sort out what's going on in your world and how we can help.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Santa Rosa 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 Rosa 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 Rosa 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?
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