Psychotherapy can help you develop new attitudes, experiences, and ways of being in the world.
Some people come to therapy in the midst present life changes, and others approach therapy addressing their histories. Whatever brings you to counseling, we start by exploring and determining goals you have. I aim to meet my clients where they are through this process.
I currently provide telehealth video psychotherapy and mental health treatment (counseling) for individual adults in California.
Some areas we may address include:
- improving coping skills
- managing and improving low mood or depression
- substance use
- overthinking, anxiety, and panic
- healthy relationships and boundaries
- identity issues
- complex trauma
I work primarily through harm reduction, contemporary psychodynamic, and trauma-informed approaches:
Psychodynamic theory and intervention recognizes that unconscious thoughts, feelings, and experiences inform one’s thoughts and actions. This expansive approach of talk therapy supports the unfolding of how early and current relationships impact one’s sense of self and wellbeing for longterm relief. This means that I approach counseling with the touchstone that one’s individual history and experiences show up in counseling with me.
Trauma-informed care is a collaborative, empowerment focused approach. Trauma can happen repeatedly, or on a single occasion. Counseling can be the process of exploring and naming the stories we hold about ourselves, then identifying which parts of these stories resonate with one’s true self – this is typically a part of trauma recovery. Most adults have a history of at least one traumatic event causing their way of sense of safety in the world to be compromised or diminished. Treating treating trauma often means practicing coping skills, and integrating trauma history into one’s life story.
Harm reduction therapy meets people ‘where they’re at.’ It is a social justice principle focused on reducing shame and helping people make changes they are determined to make. This might mean finding ways to engage in behaviors in safer ways, or stopping use of a substance, thoughts, or behaviors.
I also use mindfulness, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused interventions, among others. Addressing systems of power and oppression is part of my work, and I aim to be sensitive to how your cultural identities and lifestyle inform your experiences and values. I am sex-positive, gender-affirming, and size neutral.
If you are new to therapy, or nervous about connecting in this way, I commend you and your willingness to try counseling.
My fee for 50-minute sessions is $145. Sliding scale is available: please contact me for more information. I offer an initial, free 15-minute phone consult to see if I may be a good fit for you.
I can provide monthly statements of service for you to submit to your health insurance company, provided you have out-of-network outpatient mental health coverage. Check with your health insurance company for percentage of reimbursement for services.