Most of us feel some level of anxiety and fear every so often. But when anxiety interferes with daily life, causing a range of symptoms like constant worries that are difficult to control, insomnia, fear of losing control or dying, shortness of breath, shaking, dizziness, digestive problems, and an overwhelming sense of panic – this prevents you from getting things done and enjoying life.
Through therapy, I can gently guide you to understand your triggers, explore the reasons behind your experience, and help you learn ways to regain peace and calm, with the goal to return to normal life.
The emotional pain of depression can be no less than the physical pain. It can reveal itself in a variety of ways for different people. Physically, depression can manifest itself through extreme fatigue, lethargy, a loss of appetite or overeating/binge eating, lack of sleep, or oversleeping. Emotionally, depression can present itself as a feeling of utter pointlessness and hopelessness, low self-esteem, feelings of guilt and shame, and a deep sense of sadness among many others.
With a gentle and compassionate therapy approach, we’ll work together to explore the root causes behind your depression and help you develop a stronger emotional capability and copying methods to live a happier life.
Anger is an important human emotion that requires expression as much as our other feelings like happiness and sadness. It is when anger turns violent and is difficult to control, affecting your relationships – it brings your attention to addressing it. When we learn to manage anger, it allows us to stand for ourselves, protect our personal boundaries and express our needs and feelings in an assertive and respectful way.
Through therapy, you can understand your current and underlying triggers, range of emotions behind anger, and learn the skills to cope with overwhelming feelings while restoring your inner peace.
Stress is inevitable in our life. We deal with various factors in our environment like health problems, stressful work situations, balancing career and family, relationships, and financial strain. Even positive life events like getting married, or starting a new job can be stressful.
As a result, when under a significant amount of stress, we are more likely to experience higher levels of fear and anxiety, as well as a worsening of other mental and physical health problems.
There are two main ways to deal with stress.
The first is to explore the factors which contribute to stress and examine the ways to reduce or eliminate root causes of being overwhelmed. And the second involves changing the way you respond to stress.
When deeper understanding and greater clarity is achieved, we will develop sustainable solutions that you can implement in your daily life.
OCD manifests itself in unwanted and disturbing thoughts, images, and urges or compulsions.
People with OCD are preoccupied with orderliness, perfectionism, and a need to be in control to the point that it is difficult to complete tasks.
By engaging in repetitive behaviors, you might be dealing with a great deal of anxiety, which is caused by deep and typically unconscious anxiety-related beliefs and emotions like different fears, shame, and guilt.
My intention is to hold a space for your experience and inquire into the underlying implicit or explicit limiting believes, helping you transform and relax the need for a repetitive cycle.
The loss of a loved one changes your life in every way and invites a range of emotions. One day you may feel shock and denial and the next day the extreme feelings of sadness, loneliness, and anxiety catch you when you are most vulnerable.
Psychotherapy for bereavement and grief is a gentle practice that can guide you to overcome your pain at your own pace, help you learn to cope with change, and explore your emotions during this phase of life. My intention is to gently guide you to discover ways to gradually resume life while allowing yourself to process grief in a safe space filled with compassion.
Many people experience trauma in their lifetime: neglect, emotional, physical, sexual abuse, or a sudden loss of a loved one. While vivid flashbacks might linger in the early days after trauma, at later stages for many people it becomes unconscious, causing daily struggle, affecting the mind, emotions, relationships, and health.
Using a trauma-informed approach, IFS (Internally Family Systems), I gently guide you in learning the regulation techniques that can help to regain the feelings of safety and security. Once you gradually achieve stability, together we explore safe and gentle ways of processing the traumatic events without being overwhelmed. Since it’s a two-fold approach model that allows you to build resources, and work with the current struggle, you can employ and practice this empowering model on your own between sessions.
Have you ever felt not good enough, overly criticize yourself, felt inferior, compared yourself to others, practiced negative self-talk, or acted indecisively in minor and major decision making? Self-esteem issues may affect many areas of life: relationships, professional and personal growth, your mental or even physical health.
In our sessions, we will explore the underlying aspects and limiting beliefs, while finding ways to your inner confidence, and practice loving kindness and self-acceptance. With compassionate guidance, you will begin to believe in your uniqueness and see your value and worth with greater clarity.
It is inevitable for us to experience change at various stages in our lives. Starting a new job, getting married or divorced and having children – these are the changes that many of us get to experience in a lifetime. Often, these changes and life transitions may be overwhelming since they intensify and surface our inner unresolved issues, fears and insecurities.
In our psychotherapy journey, you will uncover and understand the deeper reasons that may cause these feelings of stress or anxiety and learn to adapt the necessary skills to navigate the new phase of your life with greater confidence.
Raising children brings on a set of unique challenges at every stage in life. Aiming for the best for our children, we might end up battling with them over homework, bedtime, technology, chores, sibling relationships, or dealing with teenager’s common “traps” like backtalk and not taking responsibility. You are not alone!
Addressing parenting challenges and exploring relationship dynamics with your children can help you discover alternative ways to respond to stressful situations. You can learn how to empower your kids to be responsible, confident, and independent, and foster the connected, loving relationship you always wanted.