San Diego Individual Therapy

You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

Building Happier, More Meaningful Lives

Individual therapy embodies an incredible journey of empowerment, personal growth, emotional healing, and deeper self-understanding. Making sense of your life story, including gaining a greater awareness of your emotional and perceptual experiences, can help you to achieve an enhanced sense of happiness and stronger, more meaningful relationships with others. Additionally, individual therapy can provide neutral guidance, support, and relief to be able to tackle even the most challenging moments from a place of confidence and conviction.

As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I believe that a positive sense of self is closely related to the health of our most important relationships. I focus on identifying the blocks that are preventing you from living the life you desire, while strengthening your attachment bonds and improving self-esteem. My role is as your advocate, providing you with a neutral perspective, guiding you to develop healthy ways of coping, and supporting you in making positive, lasting change. Together, we can take the first step towards living your life at its best.

Let’s Connect

I focus my practice on the empirically-validated and highly effective methods of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), both short-term, attachment-based, and healing-oriented approaches that are adaptable to a variety of issues. I have consistently experienced transformative results with these techniques in helping clients to experience relief from overwhelming emotions and negative interaction patterns. Clients also experience success creating secure attachment bonds, increasing awareness, improving communication of needs, and overall living a life of greater meaning and success.

 I believe that we as human beings are biologically wired to heal, grow, and transform toward positive directions. We are adaptive. We also seek a secure sense of attachment – interactions resembling care, connection, and emotional engagement. As clients come up against distressing emotions and relationships, my focus is on undoing their sense of aloneness and being together with them in their pain. We make space to honor core emotional experiences, transforming helplessness into resilience and strength. Through this transformative work, clients are able to experience relief and freedom from life-long effects of trauma, including anxiety and depression. 

I also specialize in working with children and adolescents and providing them with a safe outlet to feel supported, acknowledged, and understood. I am passionate about being a strong adult mentor at such an overwhelming time of life. There are endless benefits for children and teens in therapy, some of which include developing greater emotional awareness, learning healthy, life-long coping methods, confiding in a safe, trusted, non-judgmental adult to help in making responsible decisions, learning to resist the pressure of peers, and exploring an evolving sense of identity.

Issues Commonly Addressed in Individual Therapy

Below is a list of a FEW of the various problems that I work with.

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Low self-esteem
  • Trauma
  • Divorce
  • Parenting
  • Co-parenting
  • Adjusting to change
  • Bullying
  • Strengthening attachment bonds
  • Anger management
  • Body image issues
  • Loneliness
  • Grief and loss
  • Selective mutism

Goals I Can Help You to Achieve

  • Enhance your sense of connection and understanding with significant others
  • Openly express your thoughts, feelings, and needs with others without being hurtful
  • Find meaning and purpose in your life
  • Improve self-confidence, self-compassion, and self-esteem
  • Increase self-care behaviors and pleasurable activities
  • Develop skills to modify negative thinking habits
  • Learn strategies for regulating moods and feelings
  • Enhance mindfulness
  • Relieve traumatic memories and emotional wounds
  • Relaxation training
  • Gain self-awareness
  • Cope and heal from the effects of divorce or separation
  • Learn effective parenting and co-parenting strategies
  • Set healthy, appropriate boundaries
  • Heal and resolve past emotional wounds
  • Overcome fears
  • Build assertiveness skills

You are not alone and there is hope. I am here to help you to overcome life’s most challenging moments. For more information and to schedule a free 15 minute phone consultation, contact me today!