Strength, confidence, peace of mind, and healthy relationships. These are the requirements you need for a good and happy life. When you're feeling anxious or depressed, or when you're facing personal challenges or relationship problems, you want to feel better, and you want to know how to move forward.
Counseling, psychotherapy, and coaching focus on achieving the goals and making the improvements that are needed to change your life for the better. It's important to find the right Therapist / Counselor who can help you. I am dedicated to providing counseling, psychotherapy, and coaching services to the Long Beach and Orange County areas. I love working with individual clients and helping both straight and gay relationships.
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"May we grow spiritually, unfold emotionally, learn intellectually, and prosper in wholeness of health and affairs." Craig Carter, Your Handbook for Healing
My therapeutic approach combines the best of short-term, solution-focused therapy and deeper-level psychodynamic therapy. Major studies have shown that psychodynamic therapy not only produces better results than simple supportive therapy or cognitive-behavioral therapy, but that clients actually continue to improve for months and even years after completing therapy. That is truly remarkable. ("Getting to Know Me," by Jonathan Shedler, Scientific American Mind, 12/10 & "The Idea That Wouldn't Die," by Molly Knight Raskin, Psychology Today, 6/11). Working through the core issues once and for all can also allow people to function well without medication, depending on the condition.
My work focuses on helping you address these important issues:
- Depression, Discouragement, and Loss
- Anxiety and Stress Management
- Truama & PTSD Issues
- Life Coaching, finding meaning & direction
- Loneliness and seeking a partner
- Couples counseling, straight & gay couples
- Stopping Divorce, even at the 11th hour
- Midlife Crisis & other Life Transitions
- Gay, Lesbian, & Bisexuality Issues
- Faith and spirituality issues
Some clients just need a lot of listening; they just need to be heard. In that process, they figure out what they're feeling and what they need to do next. Other clients need solid information, answers to questions, and a lot of feedback. Most of the time, it's a matter of finding the right balance between the two. A good therapist will know what you need. I tailor my approach to how you work best.
It's also better to get into therapy and go after the problems aggressively, than to go occasionally and let therapy fade into the background of life like it's just another appointment and just another part of your current lifestyle. Good therapy has the potential to make your thinking, feeling, and lifestyle much different, for the better, but that largely depends on the effort that goes into the process.
Working with you to make it a very individualized process will optimize your experience in therapy. You might be surprised at how much progress you can make in a limited number of sessions. Together we'll talk about your goals and how much time you'll need to reach them. In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, I offer a highly personalized approach tailored to your individual needs.
We live in a fast-paced and rapidly changing time of new hopes and new challenges, and for quite a lot of people, new fears and anxieties as well now. As life becomes more and more difficult and uncertain, it becomes more and more important for you to be your strongest, your clearest, and your best. I'm here to help, with counseling, therapy, and coaching, so that you can become wiser, more grounded, happier, more at peace, and more motivated to live up to the expression of your true and unique self.
You can choose to take the next step forward. I'll be there to help. Please contact me with any questions you might have, or for a free 30-minute phone consultation.