You're creative, opinionated, and self-reliant. You're hungry to discover new things and make a positive impact on the world.
You also feel intense and debilitating doubts, anxieties, and self-criticism. Like, maybe one frustrating mistake at work or in your relationship makes you run and hide, shouting: "This is why I can't have nice things!!"
You want to try therapy because you are tired of feeling stuck in a cycle that never seems to go anywhere. You've become an expert in pushing down your feelings and numbing out with food, work, shopping, alcohol, Netflix, and exercise, but it's exhausting and lonely. When it comes to relationships, people who want to be intimate and vulnerable with you freak you out... You actually do want to have a relationship, but intimacy feels so intense.
You know there's got to be another way and you're ready to find out what that could be.
If you know you can't do it all by yourself.
If you're feeling stuck in unsatisfying relationships.
If you feel beaten up by self-criticism.
If you feel responsible for other people, but totally powerless to help them.
If this cycle is exhausting and you want it to stop, call me.
I am a psychodynamic, relational, analytically-oriented therapist. Which means: if you've tried behavioral interventions and want something deeper, I can help. I believe that behaviors are communications by your emotions that deserve to be listened to and understood, not suppressed. (In fact, as we work together, you may discover there are some behaviors you thought you would want to change, but actually you don't.) I support the deep and challenging work of helping you face your fears and shift that critical inner voice so that you have more energy for creativity, fulfilling relationships, play and work. I believe that both you and the world need your passion and your vision to come alive. Over time, you can become more aware of your feelings, needs, and desires, and feel more self-confident and connected.
It's time to stop hiding. Let me help you live the life you desire.
Call me at my Berkeley office, 510-594-4035, for a free phone consultation today.
"And the speaking will get easier and easier. And you will find you have fallen in love with your own vision, which you may never have realized you had. And you will lose some friends and lovers.... And new ones will find you and cherish you. ... And at last you'll know with surpassing certainty that only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth. And that is not speaking.” - Audre Lorde