Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Emotionally focused therapy (EFT), Harm reduction, Motivational interviewing (MI)
Do you find yourself uncontrollably spiraling with your thoughts at the most inconvenient times? Does it feel like you are completely at the mercy of overwhelming emotions due to a difficult situation? Our work together will involve reducing the impact and influence these difficult experiences are holding over you while learning how to hold steady in the midst of an emotional storm. There is an inherent amount of pain and difficulty that comes with life: a strained relationship, a stressful job, or the loss of a loved one for instance. How we respond to that pain and difficulty is where much of our work is. We look at ways that you might be artificially increasing that pain by identifying and changing unhelpful behaviors. The aim isn't necessarily to make the unwanted experience go away per se. Together we will identify behaviors and practice skills that set you on a values-driven path towards a rich and meaningful life.
I have a background in crisis counseling in a hospital setting as well as with working professionals in the community for several years, working with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, substance use issues, chronic stress/burnout, relationship issues, and trauma. I help clients to learn skills oriented towards reducing the impact and influence their difficult situations are holding over their lives.
MA - Counseling Psychology, John F. Kennedy University
My interests outside of work largely involve finding any excuse to hit the road and discover something new, often out in nature. On weekends you will often find me on long road trips to discover new hot springs, beaches, hiking trails, or small towns with lots of character. Health is really important to me. I work out at the gym and practice yoga/pilates 5 days per week, and invest a lot of effort into putting the right things into my body.
Every morning before I start reading through emails and ramp up the mental activity I do a 20-minute meditation followed by a gratitude prayer. I bookend the day with an evening workout - either at the gym or at a yoga studio. The last thing includes making a really nutritious dinner including a pile of veggies. That is if I didn't cave already and head to a taqueria after my workout.
I've read most of the Carlos Castaneda books at least 2-3 times. It was the catalyst that lead me to indigenous spiritual practices. I sought out the 1st nation people in my country to learn how to pray with them, and I traveled to Peru to practice with curanderos and maestros down there. The books ended up leading me to the practices that I have stuck with the longest out of almost everything I have ever tried.
Bay Area Integrative Counseling - it is the non-profit mental health agency that I founded back in 2015 and is still going to this day.
Recharging for me often involves down time and alone time, but not always. Sometimes connection with close friends that care about me is what is called for when feeling depleted and tired from the grind.
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