Services

TYPES OF SESSIONS

INDIVIDUAL

We all need individual support at various points in our lives. I treat individuals ages 13+ through a family-systems perspective. I view your family story and present experience of relationships as powerful factors that have shaped you. When working with teens, I work closely with the guardians to keep teens safe while allowing them the space they need to heal. 

PREMARITAL

Premarital therapy is a crucial step in your preparation for marriage. Using PREPARE/ENRICH, a research-based assessment tool, we will discuss strengths and areas for growth before engagement or marriage. Together we will work on communication, identify conflict patterns, and discuss how the role of your family of origin and culture may be playing in your relational dynamic. 

AREAS OF SPECIALTY

 

Trauma

Trauma, or any event in the past or present that is causing significant distress, plays a role in the daily lives of many. Surviving any type of  traumatic event, situation, or relationship can leave us feeling hopeless and lost. Healing is a realistic outcome of processing trauma and associated emotions through therapy.

 

Anxiety

Anxiety can be a perpetual state for many people. When we find ourselves experiencing anxiety in a way that affects our daily functioning, it is important to create coping skills to manage our distress. Processing anxiety and other emotions can help us find relief from our intense emotions. In our work, we will focus on understanding the root causes of your anxiety or other distress, and process those things together in order to create more choice and freedom. 

Eating Disorders

However disordered eating may look for you - if it’s restricting, binging, purging, over-exercising, or chronic body image concerns - the perpetual chase of a body that feels “good enough” is exhausting. It is possible to live and experience your body, food, and exercise without fear. We can deconstruct the messages we are given about our bodies and work to define what health and wholeness looks like for you. I work holistically with treatment teams consisting of dieticians and your physician, if necessary. Treatment can include the families of teens and young adults to best support the client.

Disordered eating and our relationship with food has added complications as an athlete. I have specific training in treating past and present athletes. It is possible to pursue your sport and a healthy relationship with your body at the same time. 

 

EMDR

"EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.  Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference.” Read more about EMDR’s efficacy here.

EMDR has been crucial in my 6 years of treating trauma and emotional distress.  Together we will create a treatment plan and pursue healing for the most challenging issues in your life. 

2307 Fenton Pkway, #107 #602 
San Diego, CA 92108 

 

619-649-8023

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