Couples Therapy in Alameda
Working through conflict with your partner can lead to a happier relationship. Miscommunications and misunderstandings are often at the core of relationship challenges. Whether you are looking to improve your relationship or deciding if you want to stay together, I will help facilitate the difficult conversations from a place of compassion.
I offer parenting support to help you manage your child’s ADHD, trauma, depression, or behavioral problems. I work to assist you in understanding your child’s challenges, identifying concrete strategies to help your child, and reducing blame and shame in the family. I also assist parents in creating behavior modification plans for children that include appropriate consequences and rewards.
Conflicting parenting styles, financial challenges, and ever-changing family dynamics can often accompany parental separation. I believe that parents ultimately want what is best for their children. I take a gentle approach in restoring or improving communication between co-parents. My goal is assist co-parents in providing healthly homes for your children.
Family therapy is an opportunity to have the difficult conversations that do not often happen at home. Families commonly have trouble communicating and supporting each other. They might feel separated from one another despite living under the same roof. Family therapy also helps people process grief and loss, adjust to blended families, or move forward after divorce. I have the experience to help you bring your family closer together.
Entering individual therapy can often be the beginning of a deeper relationship and understanding with yourself that can enrich your life. It offers the opportunity to work through life’s challenges, to heal from them, and move past them. Therapy can help with anything from intimacy difficulties, trauma, or depression to discovering a new relationship with the world in which you live. Therapy provides an opportunity to examine your lifelong patterns so that you can stop the repetition and make changes that will give you the ability to live the life you want.
Therapy for Children
Children usually tell us when they are experiencing or have experienced trauma, depression, and anxiety through their behaviors. I use a combination of play and talk therapy techniques to assist your child in to resolve these issues. I also incorporate coping skills, social skills, and self-soothing techniques into the sessions to decrease negative behaviors.
Therapy for Adolescents
Adolescence is often a time of rebellion, experimentation, and defiance. Therapy is a safe place for young people to discover who they are in relation to the world, their family and friends, and their own sense of self. During this time they are filled with conflicting thoughts and beliefs and often need help figuring out who they are.
Many people use alcohol and drugs to feel better about themselves and their life situations. When the substances stop “working,” people experience confusion, despair, and sadness. Finding the right support through this time is the link to getting your life back on track, or together for the first time. I help my clients work through the difficult reasons they began to use substances, repair interrupted relationships, and build the support systems they need for long-term recovery.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma and its associated symptoms. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches.
Therapy for Artists and Musicians
Being a musician or artist often presents a set of unique challenges. I work with people to unblock their creative process using traditional and non-traditional therapy techniques. I also work with people to help balance the struggles that are associated with being an artist such as financial pressures, inner critic, stage fright, and media criticism of your work.
I provide individual supervision to Marriage and Family Therapist Interns and Associate Clinical Social Workers seeking hours towards licensure. I also offer consultation and training on mental health related issues to peers, educational institutions, and other agencies. Please contact me for rates, to discuss my supervision style, or to arrange a consultation.
My current fee for therapy is 130.00 per fifty-minute session.
My current fee for family therapy, couples and EMDR is 140.00 per fifty-minute session.
I dedicate a portion of my practice to patients on a sliding scale fee based on need and availability. Please contact me for more information.
I accept Mental Health Network (MHN), Blue Shield of California, Optum/United Health, Value Options, Magellan Behavioral Health and Cigna insurance.
I accept cash, checks, and major credit cards for payment.