You may be feeling as though what you are experiencing has no meaning and you're drowning, and you're not sure where to go to find relief or support, or even just a listening ear. I work primarily with adolescents and young adults to find that purpose for the pain, as well as identify the skills to cope. We usually look to therapy once we realize we can’t do it on our own. I work to support you through those difficult experiences. A safe space and someone to trust can make a huge difference in how comfortable we feel in challenging ourselves and feeling those emotions we would do anything, at times, to simply avoid.
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, MEd, MS, LPCC
I utilize a Person Centered, Cognitive approach, treating anxiety, depression, trauma and relationship issues . I take pride in providing a warm, professional, safe therapeutic environment. I will help you to overcome emotional barriers, develop coping skills and provide tools you need to heal and become well prepared to manage future life challenges. "Nothing is predestined, the obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings (Ralph Blum)". We all have a story to tell. Our unique life experiences very often determine our life circumstances.
I work primarily with adults who are looking to manage symptoms of Anxiety, Depression, and Trauma. I will be with you on the journey of healing to discovery, recovery, and connection to your true self. I approach therapy with a person-centered mindset to create as comfortable and welcoming an environment as I can. I believe the trust built between you and a therapist is one of the more powerful tools we as clinicians can offer, and I hope to garner that trust in my own practice.
Dr. van der Kolk writes that "Being able to feel safe with other people is probably the single most important aspect of mental health; safe connections are fundamental to meaningful and satisfying lives." My approach to therapy is grounded in this concept. I believe that healing from emotional suffering takes place when the client feels deeply heard and understood. I believe that effective therapy is a collaborative process between client and therapist and that my job is to hold the space for my clients to explore the fears and anxieties that impede their growth and sense of well being.
I help tweens, teens and young adults, particularly those experiencing anxiety, find balance, have better self-esteem, develop communication skills and form more fulfilling relationships with others. My experience has shown that unhealthy thought patterns play a role in the development of anxiety, perfectionism and low self-esteem.
While talking about your feelings with friends and family may be comforting, that may not completely tackle your emotional needs and complications. Seeing a professional therapist can help to alleviate your emotional distress from difficult situations. My mission is to provide support and space for healing while counseling you and your family in a non-judgmental and safe environment.
Tired of trying to manage your anxiety, fears, and doubts on your own? Are you having difficulty learning to accept things as they are and/or making some needed changes? Are you experiencing repeated struggles in your relationship with others, partner or spouse? As you’re aging, are you finding that critical (fear-based) voice inside your head, becoming louder? In these continued challenging times, experienced help is here for you. I offer Individual and Couples Therapy / Consultations for Adults (over 18 years old).
Do you ever just look around and think, "Please don't make me live through one more unprecedented historical event"? Yeah, you are definitely not the only one. These days, it is so common for people to experience stress and take on the collective trauma of world events. The struggle is SO real. Sometimes it feels impossible to see past all of our problems, sadness, trauma, stress and hopelessness. The goal of therapy is to create a space for you to release, process difficult feelings and heal emotionally.
client's issues would be that they feel overwhelmed and full of doubt, limiting their full potential. They struggle with self-esteem and performance. They would like to believe in their own abilities and potential in order to live a fulfilled life.
Are you struggling with anxiety and trauma and turning towards unhealthy coping mechanisms in an attempt to manage your emotions? Now is a trying time for almost everyone, and if you have a trauma background what's coming up in the current environment may be reminiscent of the stress, isolation, and fear induced by early childhood experiences. You don't have to handle this alone, and with clinically tested techniques to regulate the mind and body, it's possible to shift from a place of disempowerment to strength.
The focus of my work is helping couples improve communication and navigate life transitions including being newly married, expecting a baby, or welcoming a new baby into the family. I believe that we can benefit from learning about our own communication patterns as well as the patterns of our partners. By gaining a deeper understanding of the needs within the relationship, couples can find more effective ways to communicate with each other and successfully support each other through life's stressors and transitions.
Being a human is hard, but it's also beautiful. From the time we were born up until this very moment we have been shaped by countless relationships and experiences, some having equipped us with the tools necessary to help us along our journey, others having left us with deep wounds that have hindered our ability to move forward. That’s where I come in. With your permission, I would love to join you in this current stretch of your journey. We can navigate this road together and heal the wounds that have been keeping you stuck. Let me meet you where you are and help you to move forward into the rest of your life with confidence.
** I currently do not have any openings. You can leave a message with your information and if you would like to be placed on a waitlist.** Welcome to my practice. It can be hard to make that call to a psychologist but you owe it to yourself if you are struggling in your life. You don't have to struggle alone. I can help by providing you with a positive and safe place to help you process your feelings. Our goal is to discover what is blocking you from living to your full potential and making positive changes.
Life can be a challenge when your emotions feel like they're in the driver's seat. I can teach you tools to use in your daily life to gain back control of the present moment and start building a vision for a better future. If you're a parent looking for services for your youth, I will include you in treatment and offer you help engaging with your child. If you're experiencing illness or medical trauma, I can help you build resilience and hope. If you've been struggling with issues related to your gender or sexual orientation, I have the experience and training to help you navigate your identity and find your place in the world
Above all, "Therapy must be useful". That means that in addition to overcoming issues related to depression, anxiety and troubled relationships, skills are developed and applied to life's challenges. These skills include increased self awareness, handling adversity and developing and applying the skills necessary to achieve a gratifying and fulfilling life. In addition to Individual, Couples, and Family sessions in the office, Video Therapy over the internet thru a HIPPA compliant platform which maintains confidentiality can be arranged.
An important step toward living a happier and more fulfilling life involves recognizing the need and desire for change. I believe that therapy can be a very important and effective tool for bringing about positive change in one's life. I work collaboratively with you to set goals, and use strengths to complement and minimize weaknesses standing in the way of achieving these goals. I am passionate about working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families on a wide array of issues including anxiety, depression, parenting, behavioral challenges, self-esteem, relationship problems, and life transitions.
Whether you are looking to improve what is already working or are struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, loss or even the daily challenges of being a caregiver to a loved one, together we can work to help you live your very best life.
Many have experienced traumatic events in their lives, such as violent incidents, divorce, accidents, or various types of abuse. These events often change the way one perceives and relates to the world, their relationships, their faith and themselves. I create a safe place to help one heal from these events and effects and provide tools to promote healthy choices for a better life. I have been in practice for over 25 years treating individuals, couples and children. Besides trauma I specialize in anxiety,depression and relationship issues. I also offer on line video and teletherapy.
Feeling stuck? Do you find yourself repeating patterns, perhaps feeling frustrated and unsure about how to step out of them? Is this impacting self-confidence and self-esteem? I work with clients to explore both the unhelpful and helpful patterns in their lives. By discovering your emotional responses, or if needed, learning first how to identify your emotions, we can examine what your feelings are telling you about your decisions and experiences in your relationships and daily life.
I am here to help and support you in achieving what you want in life Healthy Relationships, Career/Life Satisfaction or Overcoming Obstacles. My specialties are: Communication/Relationship Issues, Women Professionals, Codependency and Infertility. I look forward to helping you improve the quality of your life. Please call me so I may answer any questions you may have and so you can get started on the rest of your life.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Thousand Oaks 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 Thousand Oaks 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 Thousand Oaks 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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Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.