Do you struggle with the need to change but also gain more self-acceptance? I can help you make positive behavioral changes while also embracing imperfections and celebrating those unique aspects that make up who you are.
Maybe you are struggling with an overly critical inner voice, experiencing intrusive thoughts or memories of past traumas, or experiencing hopelessness or fear during a major life transition. With your goals in mind, I can help you to identify and shift negative thought patterns and learn to better cope with overwhelming emotions by uncovering and practicing new tools for positive coping and growth.
Sometimes, during difficult times, we want closeness and support from others but somehow end up pushing them away. I can help you to develop and strengthen interpersonal skills for communicating your needs and boundaries in an effective way, that allows you to experience more authentic connections with others and a deeper sense of security.
Often during this striving for change, you can also be too hard on yourself. I can help you to understand and integrate struggles and failings as essential aspects of ourselves, our humanness, releasing shame and expanding into to a deeper, healthier, more balanced understanding of ourselves.
I offer both short-term and long-term counseling, using a strength-based approach that incorporates guided imagery and interventions from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I embrace the diversity of the East Bay and support the LGBTQQIA community. I am a member of Bay Area Open Minds, a group of psychotherapists who affirm sexual and gender diversity and aim to provide a safe haven for all clients.
Contact me and we can discuss how I might best help you. My office is located at 2940 Summit St, Suite 2D, Oakland, CA 94609. Parking is conveniently located behind the building.