Welcome

You are here, now:

You feel aimless.  Life feels meaningless.  You feel lost.  You’ve labeled yourself a lazy, unmotivated procrastinator.  Your emotions feel dangerous, out of control.  You’re starting to hate yourself.  Mysterious body issues are popping up out of nowhere.  You don’t know who you are anymore.  You’re tired of fighting all the monsters, inner and outer.  You’re looking for help.

I am here to help.  I offer the relief of having a space to be who you are and show up just as you are in the moment.  I offer relief from constant striving towards what is not.  I offer an easier way of moving through the world, with deep self-confidence and personal power.  Clients who have taken me up on my offer have extricated themselves from suffocating relationships, have learned healthier ways of dealing with themselves and their emotions and have found their inner goodness.

How I work:

Focus on the Present Moment

I invite clients to be in their present moment experience, sometimes in playful, silly ways, sometimes through the body, other times through mindfulness.

Awareness

In anything we do or talk about, I am interested in helping clients notice themselves through it.  This emphasis on present moment awareness increases clients’ understanding of themselves.  More self-awareness means more choices for how to be.

Self-acceptance

I conceptualize symptoms in terms of self-acceptance/self-love or the lack thereof because I firmly believe in the paradox of change:  that you must accept yourself as you are before you can change.  So any symptom is basically a sign of a way in which a person is unable to accept himself or herself.  Once we know where there is “resistance” to what-is, we can explore the resistance itself more deeply to come to a state of loving understanding of what’s there.  I see this as a very gentle and compassionate way of working that puts the client in control.

 

I work with individual adults and children around concerns such as:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • self-esteem
  • cultural identity development
  • acculturation issues
  • relationship difficulties
  • existential dilemmas
  • spirituality
  • grief
  • behavioral issues
  • coping with emotions more effectively
  • perfectionism
  • procrastination/laziness
  • life transitions

In my work with couples, I most frequently address concerns such as:

  • trust
  • communication
  • repetitive unresolved conflict
  • difficulty getting along with each other
  • lack of intimacy
  • premarital counseling

Because the effectiveness of therapy depends on a strong working relationship between client and therapist, I encourage you to give me a call at 408-963-6694 ext 433 for a brief phone consultation to see if we are a good fit for each other.

“When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you” –African Proverb