I offer in-depth psychotherapy in my Berkeley office for the treatment of depression, anxiety, anger, low self-esteem, mood disorders, eating disorders, and codependency, and to support explorations of gender identity, life transitions, and self-expression.
"not everything that is faced can be changed. but nothing can be changed until it is faced." -james baldwin
You try your best at relationships, but find you always get stuck in the same unfulfilling patterns with the same kinds of people. You feel anxiety, frustration, and insecurity about work, school, or your future direction. You have bursts of creative and joyful energy, but those peaks lead to valleys and you crash into emptiness, sadness, and despair. You may have lost a dear friend or family member due to death, have lost a relationship to a breakup or divorce, be facing a medical diagnosis, or struggle with family relationships or estrangement. Maybe you're trying to figure out whether-and how-to start a family. Your coping mechanisms aren't helping anymore, and you are feeling misunderstood by friends and family when you share your concerns.
Over the past decade, I have helped people who share these experiences. I understand that you need another person to help you get to the heart of what's happening inside you and outside you. As you begin to understand yourself and your patterns, you can also begin to make real choices about your life that include your needs, joys, and desires. Therapy can help you find a more fulfilling way of experiencing and understanding your world.
staying hidden and cut off won't help you live a fulfilling and authentic life.
it's time to let yourself know you.
We are often taught that if we're experiencing a difficult or painful emotion, we should transform it, change it, push it away, and "feel better". This means we don't often get help in understanding what our emotions are really trying to tell us. But pushing pain away doesn't help, because these feelings tend to come back more tangled and thorny than before. So what if we actually stopped trying to push those feelings away, and learned to listen to what they have to teach us?
You can learn through psychotherapy how important all of you is in being who you are. You really can become connected to and guided by your wisdom and intuition instead of feeling derailed by your emotions and the expectations of others- even when your feelings seem scary, overwhelming, and tangled up.
in psychodynamic psychotherapy, we can approach the things
that seem unapproachable.
You are looking for a psychotherapist in Berkeley who is easy to talk to, thoughtful, and non-judgmental to help you learn about the parts of you you've tried to push away or hide. I can help you understand what's feeding the patterns that make it hard for you to live the life you want. Call me today at 510-594-4035 for a free phone consultation to see whether we'd be a good fit to work together.
you don't have to do this alone.
We are all interconnected, and psychotherapy can help you take into account all parts of you- even the ones you've tried to push away- so that you can find deep and authentic connections inside yourself and in your relationships.
"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