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Make today your first day to being more empowered! 
How do you know when therapy is needed? For many, the choice begins with a single, desparate sign that overrides everything else you do, like the tossing and turning after the loss of one or more nights' sleep, feeling troubled during the day and unable to focus, feeling irritable for no apparent reason, thinking that you just don't belong, or the perception that everything is hopeless and nothing will work out. These signs indicate that you are reaching the boundaries of your ability to cope. Stressed and overwhlemed, you may feel that your life is falling apart or no longer making sense. At other times, people experience a drastic realization, like the sudden shock of a medical diagnosis, awareness that the substances you are abusing are tearing you down, or experiencing the loss of a relationship. Individuals, couples, and families experience these changes every day. Alone, we despair, and symptoms emerge. Feelings associated with depression, anxiety, loss of control, or the increase of already present symptoms ensues. Then, the loss of personal power consumes us. But, it doesn't have to be this way. Whether you are looking for help for yourself, you and your significant other, or you and your family members, there is help available. You can do something about it. Therapy can really help, and brief therapy can be life-changing, making the difference betwen a life filled with regrets or a life filled with happiness. Bring your life into balance. Change begins when you choose to find help, and I am very willing to help you make this positive life change happen.  

Don't lose your self in today's problems. Find youself again instead! 
I offer both brief and longer term therapy with a systems-focused approach to help individuals, couples, families and groups in several ways. I work with people from diverse backgrounds and orientations, as I believe everyone is valuable. If you are looking for a therapist who will consider your needs and preferences in a nonjudgmental and accepting manner, I am available for you. We can quickly work through a life -stressing issue and make life - changing happen.  I have experience working with relationship issues, coming to terms and adjusting to disability, accepting and reclaimng your self in spite of a medical condition, becoming comfortable and feeling valued in life when facing difficult challenges, and with issues common to LGBT people, people with HIV, people early in substance use recovery, and people with longer-term mental health issues related to the self-management of symptopms of depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and PTSD. I also have experience with individuals, couples, families, and groups. Whether you desire brief or longer - term therapy, I can help you to acheive positive change and feel more empowered in your life.

BRIEF THERAPY:
I work with individuals, couples, and families who are facing life crises and are in need of fast support, problem-solving, and specific interventiosn geared to helping you  piece your life back together again. Life is often chaotic and unpredictable, and none of us are born knowing exactly what to do and how to act in every situation that life throws at us. By using a brief therapy approach that is focused, time-limited, and specific to a recent crisis or life disruption, I can help you to identify, work through, and resolve issues that would otherwise keep you stuck for a much longer time. While there is usually a feeling of relief after crisis, this can be deceiving as it can indicate that things are "returning back to normal".  However, It is being "back to normal" that typically leads to a return of another crisis or disruption, and, without specific interventions, the same crises can continue to repeat and invade your life. Have you ever caught yourself wondering, "Why is this happening to me again?". This may be the reason! The good news is that if you work on resolving what has led you to have the crisis, you are much more likely to let it become part of your past instead of repeating in your future. Typically, brief therapy lasts once a week over eight to ten weeks. Even when a few more sessions are needed, brief therapy is very effective in helping you change old patterns into new ways of living and create a positive sense of empowerment and satisfaction within your relationships and life in general.  


TRAUMA - FOCUSED THERAPY

For people whohave a traumatic past, life can be especially difficult. I invite you to work with me as we resolve trauma - related issues that are constantly interfering with your effort to be happier and more successful in life. 

TEENS EXPERIENCING TROUBLES

Growing up can be very stressful, especially if teens experience depression, anxiety, low self esteem, negative thoughts about ones self, grief, or trauma - related issues. I use creative expressive therapies and other playful  approaches to help teens find their voice, increase self-belief and develop a functioning self. Let's work together so I can help you to work on growing up more confidently into a healthy, well-adjusted and happy adult. 

 
LONGER-TERM THERAPY WITH DIVERSITY NEEDS:
I also provide longer-term therapy to people who are trying to resolve emotionally painful issues regarding stigma that force you to hide adn devalue the wonderful person you can be. This results in low self-esteem, difficulties with self-acceptance, and difficulty in regaining a positive sense of self within your relationships in the world. Maybe you are unhappy with who you are now, and feel discouraged as you try your best to face each day. This includes many diverse needs, such as artists who feel stuck and unable to create; people who are LGBT and not comfortable dealng with long-term intimate relationships, or being out yet with friends, co-workers or in the community; people who identify as transgender and want support to transition and in adjusting afterward; people with a disability who feel less than valuable (dis-abled) in life; and make better decisions and choices in life. Having a condition like diabetes, fibromyalgia, HIV, or another type of medical condition can really tear down your self-esteem, leaving you to feel quite discouraged each day, but it doesn't have to. By participating in therapy and working through acceptance and self-management issues, you can restructure how you see things, regain your sense of self  feel good about your relationships, and feel much better in your life. Also, some therapies include learning different skills to successfully manage your condition, like skills that are helpful to successfully manage the effects of  ADHD, bipolar disorder, depression, or other mental health issues. The right medications are very mportant, but medications won't take care of every uncomfortable symptom. Research shows that by receiving both the right meidcations and good therapy, one can recover from the disabling effects of many psychological issues and conditions. Together, we can work over several months so you can learn to manage stress, accept and gain cotrol of your condition, and master the skills you need to be healthier and more successful in your life and with your relationships!   

ONE YEAR OF THERAPY FOR PEOPLE NEWLY RECOVERING FROM SUBSTANCE USE CAN MAKE A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE IN THE REST OF YOUR LIFE:
If you are recently recovering from substance use, I congratualte you! You have taken the first and most difficult step to get your life back! With support and focused therapy, you can gain the skills you need to master addictions and prevent further relapse while learning to accept and care for yourself and others again. Learn to be mindful and master patterns leading to addiction rather than risking repeated trigger and relapse periods. We can work together as you gain a new perspective and learn the skills to successfully manage relationships in a new clean and sober life. Give yourself the gift of one year of good relational therapy, and I will work with you to prepare you to be in charge of the rest of your life. 


FOR MFT INTERNS AND STUDENTS WHO WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN THERAPY AND EARN BBS HOURS FOR MFT LICENSING:
Becoming a therapist is a noble choice, and by deciding to be a therapy participant yourself you are investing in yourself as a developing therapist. I use a systems approach to work with MFT Students and Interns with a focus on you as a developing therapist. By doing so, I work with you to resolve untapped relational issues that may get in the way of helping others.  We commonly call these issues “Countertransference”, but these are actually unresolved family of origin or past relationship issues that have the power to block your effectiveness in being the therapist you want to become. For several years, I have served as a clinical supervisor, and I have seen developing therapists struggle with countertransference issues that could have been resolved with a nonjudgmental and supportive systems approach and personal therapy. Countertransference enters the session each time you face an issue mirrored in your client that belongs to you. By resolving these issues, you can become much more effective and grounded in helping others. While we cannot be all things to all people, I will help you work through these "red flags" so you can become more empowered to be the therapist you want to be. As a result, you will strengthen your "self" as your best therapeutic tool and you can earn credit for psychotherapy hours toward MFT licensure.


NEW GROUPS STARTING SOON!  
If you would like a more affordable way of receiving therapy, why not join a group? I am now forming new groups for people to gain help while facing lfe transition issues like a new diagnosis, loss, forced change, or other life-changing issue. Also, I have another new group that is about to start for people with HIV who are working and strugglng with relationship and stigma/disclosure issues. Additionally, a new MFT Intern group will start soon so that MFT Students and Interns can work together in an interactive process, resolve systems and relationship issues, and gain a stronger sense of self as a therapeutic tool. 


HOW DO WE START?

All it takes is a phone call or email to take your first step. We will complete a free iniital phone consultation to brielfy discuss your needs and make sure that I am a good fit for the type of help and support you are looking for. I am licensed in California as a Marriage and Family Therapist, License Number MFC #38843. I also have earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and a Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.  I can be reached by phone at 818-825-4904. Please leave a message and I will return your call within 24 to 48 hours on average. Or, you can email me at [email protected] and leave the necessary contact information so I can reach you.  My office is located near the 101 freeway just north of Hollywood. It is within easy access to many areas of Los Angeles, Burbank, and SFV, and the location is private. The entrance is in the rear of the building, and since I maintain a small practice you will have your anonimity in receiving therapy with me.   I look forward to hearing from you! 

 

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