teens & millennials: LGBT | ADHD | Social & Dating anxiety | Burnout
Psychotherapy can bring us back into our bodies, our wisdom, and our own authentic way of living. We don't need to be in crisis to reap the benefits of professional therapy; we can still gain tremendous insight, improved coping strategies, and greater mental flexibility to tackle whatever life throws at us.
Relationship distress is powerful. Human relations are complex and can get messy. Communication can break down and turn into arguments and frustrations. Relationship therapy provides a neutral space for partners to see and hear each other in a new way, and to discover new coping strategies and techniques to nurture themselves and each other.
Teens are busier and more stressed today than ever, and having additional support can be crucial to building the resilience, insight, and skills to face the world head-on. As a parent, your partnership is vital, and together, we can support your teen during difficult times.
David Foster Wallace
The vague stresses of life build up in our minds and bodies, and before noticing it, we've become stuck or overwhelmed. It hurts our sleep, keeps us from eating, and shortens our patience for others and ourselves. Yet, stress is unavoidable, and we humans operate with optimal balances of stress and relief. I can support your process of re-centering yourself, (re)discovering your strengths, and creating new strategies for surviving and thriving, no matter what comes your way.
Adjusting to changes in home, community, or identity can bring added stress, anxiety, frustration, and isolation. We can reconnect you to your wisdom, experience, and insight so you tackle these changes with increased patience, understanding, and compassion.
I specialize and work with teens and adults facing the challenges brought upon by an emergence, discovery, or re-discovery of their sexual and gender identity, and how it impacts their lives.
ADHD has long been maligned as a brain disorder -- a disability; something to cure. But recent studies say different, and we are beginning to understand the unique talents and skills built into the ADHD-typed brain. I help people understand, analyze, and integrate these facets of themselves, and provide tools to maximize one's potential.
Caring for others can be a full-time job and can lead to burnout, resulting in resentment, irritation, isolation, and despair. Psychotherapy can help you understand the roots and contributing factors to this dynamic, so you can better care for yourself and thus, care for others.
As humans, connection to others is not only the most enriching part of our lives, but is a survival need. However, fulfilling this need isn't always easy. We can together understand what underlies your relationship anxiety and develop awareness and tools to integrate and overcome the challenges holding you back.
Whether you're curious about or already on a path of psychedelic-assisted healing, preparation and integration are vital components of the process. We can together clarify your intentions, assess for risks and benefits, and integrate the emotional-mental material that arises from your journey.
Keeping connection to your spirit and identity may be difficult in a fast-paced, busy world of agendas competing for your time and attention. Psychotherapy can help you nourish the part of You that keeps the rest of you going on your path towards fulfillment.
The stress of our fast-paced and noisy society can accumulate over a lifetime. As a result, we may start to space out, zone out, become more disconnected from what is going on -- we just go through the motions. Mindfulness tools can help the dust settle, bring more attention and awareness to reality, and grant you greater mental flexibility.
Our culture drives us to work hard; but your strong work ethic can sometimes lead you into burnout -- feeling resentful, checked out, irritable, angry, aimless, and tense while you're at work. You begin to dread an environment and start fighting with yourself and others. Managers, politics, and unfair conditions add to this. In therapy, you can sift through the mess, re-center yourself in your own body and mind, and make conscious efforts to change what you can, and adapt to what you can't.
Your creativity and expressive spirit is at once one of your greatest gifts, and also one of your greatest challenges. Feeling blocked creatively can parallel other emotional, mental, or somatic (body-oriented) blocks in your life. We can figure out what that block is, and explore what it means to you and what might lie beyond it.
Becoming a parent doesn't automatically grant you the skills needed to manage the care and well-being of your new family. You find yourself thrust into a new world, and sometimes it's a rocky start. Therapy can help you and/or your partner(s) gain insight and clarity about your values, needs, and expectations, and how to navigate this new world with your partner(s) and family.