“Why do I still feel so stuck?” If you’ve been sober for any significant amount of time, chances are, this thought has occurred to you at least once. You did the work, why is it still so difficult? We are promised “just get clean and everything else will follow”, but rarely is ever that simple. Often, sobriety grants the necessary stability to allow strength and space to work on what really holds us back in life. Things like, codependency, trauma, anxiety, depression, executive dysfunction, the list goes on and on. If you're stuck in the same patterns and struggling to figure out how to actually apply what you know, I'm your girl.
Do you feel lost and alone as if no one understands you? Do you feel overwhelmed and unable to see a better future? Are your relationships stressful, energy draining and dissatisfying? Are you caught up in dysfunctional patterns that you would like to break? Are there moments when you feel like giving up? Do you find yourself easily agitated, annoyed and irritable? You can have a better tomorrow. Make today the start of a happier, healthier tomorrow. I will help you understand the core of your pain. Together we will collaborate on goals and explore ways to achieve them.
You feel like you are on the verge of losing your mind. No matter how hard you try, you can’t seem to quiet your worrying thoughts. On the inside, you probably feel dread in the pit of your stomach as a constant reminder that something bad could happen at a moment's notice. This makes it very hard to concentrate or to let your guard down. Constant worry or intrusive thoughts leave you feeling exhausted and irritable. An unspoken consequence of your anxiety is a defeating sense of shame, leading you to feel weak or small.
I will help you see the big picture so you can decide what really matters. I will help you take action and achieve the transformation you desire. I believe therapy can be challenging as well as comforting. I use a strategic approach to therapy. I take the time to carefully listen to whatever is being shared. I seek to be acutely sensitive, and responsive to every concern, while working to identify practical solutions/interventions that make sense in real time. With me, you will find the encouragement and strategies to make positive life choices.
Hello and Welcome! Thank you very much for visiting my page. I am Shiori Lange, a bilingual (Japanese/English) Licensed Clinical Social Worker (#81730) based in Long Beach, CA. I specialize in helping older adults and their families with caregiver/dementia issues, stress management and overall end of life issues. I have a deep admiration for those who seek to heal and create a meaningful life. My name Shiori in Japanese means "Weave Aspirations and Goals" (it also means bookmark or a guidebook). Life gives us challenges sometimes, maybe more than we want. I hope that my contribution to your life will help you embrace life fully.
Sometimes it feels like life has dealt a tough hand. Though the sun is always shining, the clouds are sometimes in the way. The rain may at times roll in like a storm. During these times, finding the silver lining all on your own is challenging and it's okay to get the help you need to pull through. Depression, anxiety, trauma, relational issues? I can help. Do you need spiritual or Christian counseling? I can help. Feeling tired or in a rough patch? I can help. Or, are you simply trying to figure out what life is all about? Yup, I can help with that too. www.LifeBrightNow.com
My perspective on wellness involves the whole person. The approach I take may involve the realms of physical, psychological, emotional, and social wellness, not just the alleviation of symptoms. We, as a team will work together to ensure your goals are met. Modalities towards wellness may expand beyond the office, to include being surrounded by nature, incorporating exercise, or facing new fears together. Always, with your success in mind.
Whether you are seeking your first therapy experience, or you are a seasoned therapy veteran, finding a new therapist is difficult and stressful. In my work with my clients, we build safety and comfort while exploring the challenges that we identify together. Therapy is not a one-size-fits-all process. Whether you are dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, or other challenges, I am here to support you and provide you with a space to reach your personal goals.
Do you often feel overwhelmed, anxious, or hopeless? Do you struggle with finishing small tasks, getting out of bed, or freeze and can't get anything done? Are you looking for someone who is understanding, compassionate, and values the relationship?
I believe that our problems don't define us - how we handle them does. You may feel lost because life may not have unfolded as planned, which triggers anxiety, depression, or overwhelming grief. However, with a bit of time and self-reflection, it's entirely possible to build or rebuild a life that is different from what you envisioned. I believe we possess innate strengths derived from early life experiences that shaped us, and I see therapy as a collaborative space to build on those qualities so that you can live the life you dream of living.
Working with individuals and couples with a multicultural background has been fulfilling and inspiring. I'm interested in getting you to a place where you can feel more like yourself, authentic in relationships, and navigate life circumstances with more ease. Therapy can be an amazing opportunity to dive into the private and challenging areas in your life and gain the insight you need to change the parts you are not happy with. I work to develop a warm, compassionate, and open relationship with you to find the strength, ability, and foresight in moving forward.
I’m Dr. Christina Zavalza, a licensed clinical psychologist. I believe we are in an era of empowering ourselves unlike any we have seen before. We are becoming more aware of personal, social and cultural issues that can make it difficult to become our best and most powerful selves. Some of the issues we deal with today include trying to overcome trauma, navigating social expectations, balancing needs in relationships with taking care of ourselves, and ultimately wanting to feel empowered and whole in our homes, educational settings, workplace, and communities.