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CAMFT Clinical Member
License Number: MFC37788
Practicing Since: 1995
Professional Personal Statement
Without mincing words, I'm a very good therapist and I love my job. With 18 years' experience at 3 clinics and now in private practice, I've worked with about 3,500 clients of all ages with alll kinds of mental conditions. Trained at Harvard, Penn and CA State Chico, I've learned from some of the best.
To find out what you think of me, Call me anytime at (831) 454-8178 for a free phone consult, or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Call me even if you're in crisis right now - whatever your level of need. You can also check my website at www.CounselingWorksSantaCruz.com.
I have remarkable ability to see through a person's upset to your wonderful spirit and strengths. I'm a great detective at identifying the core issues. From personal experience, I'm familiar with hard childhoods and "dysfunctional" families. I'm romantic at heart, so I want to see everybody work through difficult periods and come out shining on the other side.
I'm specially trained in EMDR, a marvelous approach to relieve the effects of trauma - anxiety, depression, bad memories & anger.
I'm committed to being truly 'present' with you during every session - by being deeply aware and caring. My job is to help you rediscover your true goodness, and to fine new ways to renew your bond, if you're a couple, or parent & teenager -- to find joy again!
I moved down here to Santa Cruz after retiring from a counseling agency up north - Butte County Behavioral Health. Over 17 years at clinics up north in Chico, Paradise and Oroville, I treated more than a thousand families, or about 3,500 adults and children. I've supervised and trained interns and counselors and worked with psychiatrists, MDs, RNs, teachers, school principals, probation officers, attorneys. Useful for couples in mediation, I've also earned a law degree, from the University of Pennsylvania. So I'm kind-of an elder in my field. I'm familiar with all kinds of mental conditions and all the leading therapy techniques.
Clients and friends say they like my warmth, empathy, kindness and honesty. Many have found me remarkably insightful – cutting through confusion to see the good person they are underneath. I think that's my job – to work hard to understand you and celebrate how wonderful you really are.
Technically, I use a friendly solution-focused, client-centered, strength-based, science-informed style, drawing upon neuroscience (Siegel), family systems (Satir), internal family systems (Schwartz), couple/partner patterns and the 'Imago' model (Johnson, Chapman, Gottman, Hendricks), mindfulness (Kabat-Zinn, Chodron, Thich Nhat Hanh), cognitive (Beck) rational-emotive (Ellis) and cognitive-behavioral (Michenbaum) methods. I also draw upon my clients' spiritual resources for support, being myself a Buddhist-Christian.
|Office Hours:||I am available MONDAY - FRIDAY NOON anytime 10:00AM - 8:00PM. Other days and times by arrangement.|
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|Services:||ADULT THERAPY -- solution-focused, client-centered, psychodynamic treatment for individual adults suffering from anxiety, depression, panic, distress, PTSD, trauma et al. COUPLES THERAPY -- enhancing relationship and mediating finance/custody issues. PLEASE COME IN BEFORE ONE OF YOU HAS ALREADY DECIDED TO BREAK UP! FAMILY THERAPY --usually re: parent-teen conflict and adolescent depression, low grades, drugs, rebellion, school pbms. In all the above, I help you rediscover your value, strengths, talents, hope, esteem, humor, motivation, confidence, love of self and joy in life. Specifically, I treat (often in coordination with a family MD or psychiatrist) DEPRESSION - sadness, helplessness, hopelessness, suicidal ideas, poor sleep, lack of energy and lack of motivation; BIPOLAR (manic-depressive) disorder; DRUG/ALCOHOL ABUSE & ADDICTION; ANGER --excessive and loud arguing/yelling, throwing things, hitting people; ANXIETY - excessive worrying, panic attacks, phobias; OBSESSIONS/COMPULSIONS -- over-involved in one or more activities; feeling you MUST act in a certain way despite your will; ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER (ADHD) and ADHD without the hyperactivity -- impulsive actions, hyperactivity, interrupting, poor focus/attention; FAMILY DISORDER - conflicts among members, parenting pbms, issues with relatives; childhood Issues/attitudes, negligent or abusive parenting and related ATTACHMENT ISSUES - feeling separated from others, lonely, sad, invisible, humiliated, abandoned, "lost child", I can't meet your standards, perfectionism, excessive self-blaming, over-responsible, never give yourself a break; ADOLESCENT & YOUNG ADULT THERAPY -- sexual/physical/verbal abuse and molest, low grades, school suspensions, video addiction, promiscuity, "sexting," ADHD, angry arguing, isolating, running away, crime; GRIEF - loss of anyone close to you to death or moving away or becoming ill ignoring you or "Stone-walling" (refusing to respond to you); HARSCH CRITICISM -- verbal abuse, mean words - you feel he or she despises you; HOPELESSNESS -- loss of confidence in your life and future; CONFUSION -- you can't make sense of your relationship(s)and your life; CAREER GUIDANCE -- loss of direction, unemployment; just starting out; JOB CRISIS -- mistreatment by your boss, workmates, lay-off, firing; HYPERSOMNIA -- you seem to sleep too much yet still lack energy; INSOMNIA -- can't get to sleep, wake too early or often during the night, tired; POST-TRAUMAIC STRESS (PTSD) -- nightmares, flashbacks, anxiety, feeling of separation from loved ones; Irritibility, don't like to think about traumatic events|
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