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Those I work with are usually driven professionals looking to examine and to possibly change various areas of their lives that are not working well for them. Sometimes this shows up in the form of either Perfectionism or Imposter Syndrome. If you're feeling stressed, anxious or overwhelmed and are looking for support to cope better with these challenges, I might be the right therapist for you.
In session, you can expect to be able to voice concerns, struggles and frustrations without fear that you will be judged or criticized for your feelings. We will also set specific goals and work towards them. As a therapist who also works as a Leadership, Career and Communication Coach, I like to find tools for symptom relief, in addition to talking about what is bothering you. While I do not feel anyone fits into a box in terms of what works for them in therapy, I do use CBT techniques frequently in my practice. CBT or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an evidence-based therapy that focuses on how thoughts, feelings and behaviors are interconnected. Much like a domino effect, if you change one of those areas (thoughts, feelings, behaviors), the others will begin to change also. These changes do not happen overnight, but slowly, over time, lasting changes can be made.
For a little bit more about me, I moved with my family from Ohio to California when I was 9. I then spent much of my formative years in San Diego before getting an undergraduate degree from USC in Communication. I went on to get a M.A. from the University of Colorado, Boulder in Communication and did some consulting work in Australia before I decided to settle down in the Bay Area in 2006. Working for a large company in SF, I felt stuck in this career path and decided to make a drastic change, going back to school to get a M.S. in Counseling Psychology. I have been practicing therapy since 2010. Having come from the corporate world I have a strong appreciation how stressful it can be to feel stuck, frustrated or overwhelmed at your job. It is not uncommon for these feelings to interfere with our relationships, careers and even our health.
As a perpetual student of life and what makes people tick I am a member of various professional organizations and frequently take trainings to learn new skills and therapeutic techniques. Most recently I completed the Hakomi Professional Comprehensive Training Level 1.