Collaborative, Relational, Process Orientated
My work is process oriented which requires active participation and a willingness and ability to engage in fluid dialogue and utilize symbolism, metaphor, and myth to access collective themes.
Trust, Safety, and Collaboration are essential components of cultivating a strong therapeutic relationship.
Anxiety can mean nervousness, worry, or self-doubt. Anxiety disorder is a mental health disorder that entails excessive, repeated bouts of worry, anxiety, and/or fear.
Refers relationship issues with a partner or spouse. Can include issues related to relationship distress, relationship satisfaction, communication, intimacy, etc.
Regular involvement with a substance or activity in a compulsive, hard to control way that often has harmful consequences. Often refers to substance use, but can include compulsive behaviors such as sex, gambling, or shopping.
Positive and negative change can be difficult, including things like moving, breaking up, adjusting to parenthood, or changing careers. It’s normal to feel stressed, however, life transitions can inhibit people from living healthy lifestyles.
Trauma is the result of experiencing a perceived, extremely distressful event. Although the stress threshold for each person differs, meaning that each person considers and experiences trauma differently, it is an event that tops one’s threshold. It exceeds one’s ability to cope or emotionally process. Symptoms may include shock, anxiety, confusion, hopelessness, feeling disconnected, mood swings, nightmares, and intrusive thoughts.
Depression often causes people to feel sad, empty, or hopeless, and can cause a lack of interest in life. It can also affect a person's thinking patterns and physical health.
Grief is a reaction to an emotionally significant loss and often comes with symptoms of depression or anxiety. These symptoms can remain intense and last for a long time after a loss, making it difficult to move forward with a healthy lifestyle.
It's normal to experience anger at times, but for some, it becomes so frequent, intense, or difficult to control that it negatively affects their life. Anger management is a structured therapeutic approach toward reducing one’s anger to a point where more appropriate coping and/or conflict management skills are used. Beliefs and thoughts leading toward anger outbursts are explored while healthy coping and interpersonal skills are put into practice.
Children that experience parents and/or guardians that are avoidant, ambivalent, or resistant from an early age, may develop attachment issues. This can manifest as difficulty forming or maintaining friendships, romantic relationships and empathetic bonds throughout life, as well as other issues.
Involves a person sacrificing their needs to meet the needs of others. Their thoughts and actions center on a significant other, spouse, friend, or relative. Becomes an issue when relationships are unbalanced and unhealthy.
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Family Systems Therapy
CBT based treatment for Trichotillomania and Skin Picking Disorder
CA, LMFT, 105069
M.A Counseling Psychology, emphasis in Depth Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute
Psy.D Applied Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
I offer an integrative approach to therapy grounded in psychodynamic theory, which promotes self exploration and lifelong growth. My clinical interests and areas of specialty include working with adolescents, adults, couples and families struggling with substance abuse, body focused repetitive behaviors, family and relationship conflict, trauma and anxiety. My work is focused on helping individuals to identify unhealthy patterns that may be inhibiting them from living a happy, healthy, and whole life. My goals are to support you in identifying and advocating for your needs and helping you to explore and cultivate meaning in your struggles.
Paul Pl, arroyo grande, 93420, CA