Relationship health and personal strength. That's what we all want to experience in our lives, and they are the two main requirements for a good and happy life. What you need is the right Counselor/Coach who can help. It's my pleasure to provide counseling, coaching, and psychotherapy services to the Long Beach and Orange County areas. I love working with individual clients and helping both straight and gay relationships.
With a new year comes new hopes and new challenges, and for quite a lot of people, new fears and anxieties. As times become more and more difficult and uncertain, it becomes more and more important for you to be your best. I'm here to help, with counseling, therapy, and coaching, so that you can become clearer, stronger, happier, more at peace, and more motivated to live up to the expression of your true and unique self. Going to therapy is like going to the gym! You can still be younger in spirit and healthier in mind than you have been before. Incidentally, being your strongest and best self is also the best thing you can do for your marriage, relationship, family, and kids.
"May we grow spiritually, unfold emotionally, learn intellectually, and prosper in wholeness of health and affairs." Craig Carter, Your Handbook for Healing
My treatment specializations include:
- Couples counseling
- Anxiety and Stress Management
- Depression, Grief, and Loss
- Life Transitions and Midlife Transition
- Career Coaching and Life Coaching
- Gay & Lesbian Issues
- Personal & Spiritual Growth
Did you know that many therapists, like many medical doctors, treat the symptoms, but not the cause? It's like treating the smoke but not the fire! If you have the opportunity to get to the actual cause of an issue, you should take it. Some therapists are of the opinion that people should just expect that they'll need to keep going back to therapy again and again every time their same syptoms return. 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 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.
I apply these principles in an integrated way for both individual clients and with couples. Each client and each couple needs a unique approach, not "one size fits all." Together we'll develop a plan that allows you to know what progress is needed, and how to get from point A to point B. 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.
The two most important factors for a successful outcome in therapy are first, that there's a good fit between the therapist and the client, and second, the shared commitment of both the therapist and client to treatment, and their belief in the outcome. In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, I offer a highly personalized approach tailored to your individual needs.
The Past is Not the Future: "Your relationship history is not your relationship future. Your relationship future is not lilmited by your experiences of the past or by your disappointments of the past. You can change your relationship pattern; you can learn from your experiences and avoid mistakes of the past." David Niven, Secrets of Great Relationships