I provide individual and couples psychotherapy at my convenient office on San Pablo Avenue in Albany, California. I see people both for short-term counseling and for longer-term needs. Together, we will discuss your unique situation and how to approach the issues you want to address. I can help you deepen your self-knowledge in order to make better choices. Also, I can help you develop the skills to feel better in your current situation.
A safe and understanding therapeutic relationship is important for any meaningful therapy. I utilize an eclectic approach , with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness approaches integrated with a relational focus. With couples, I utilize the work of The Gottman Institute.
Areas of specialization:
Most of us do better when our relationships are going well. When they are not, many aspects of our lives can suffer. Together we will explore what is working, your strengths and what may not be working. I believe that anyone can improve their relationship skills and improve their connection and intimacy. Together, in individual or couples therapy, I can help you to address this vital part of your overall wellness.
Work Stress and Occupational challenges
I can help you manage job stress and learn to have balance in your life. Psychotherapy can help you perform at your best, while being clear about your priorities at work and away from work.
Grief and Loss
Psychotherapy provides a safe place to grieve and recover. I understand that grief is deeply personal and that a therapist can help in different ways than family and friends.
I designed and facilitated a Psychotherapy program for young adults at Kaiser Permanente and many college-age students have benefitted from working with me. Anxiety is common as this transition is both challenging and vitally important. Psychotherapy can help ease this transition in many ways. I understand and can help.
Depression and Anxiety
I have extensive experience helping people minimize symptoms and learn effective techniques to feel better. Together we will map out a plan to help you feel better. I ran a Depression Program at a large hospital for many years. I’ve learned what is helpful and I will share this with you. I can collaborate with your MD if needed.
Adjustment problems and Post Traumatic Stress
Recovery takes time and a supportive place to heal. Psychotherapy can help you recover faster, while strengthening your ability to handle challenges in the future.
Coping with medical conditions
With years of experience working in health care settings, I can help you understand how best to cope with illness and communicate your needs to others, including to your healthcare providers.
I have worked with many couples who want to better understand their patterns and how to be more connected. This work is rewarding when both partners are working to enhance the connection.
I’ve worked extensively with older clients, who use therapy to discuss the challenges of aging, adjusting to changes in health and changes to their work, social lives and relationships.
I have extensive experience working with addictions, recovery and relapse prevention. I have trained physicians on how to help patients who struggle with addiction.