HOW I HELP WITH THESE CONDITIONS

 
Anxiety can paralyze you and make your life stagnant

Anxiety can paralyze you and make your life stagnant

Anxiety/Fear

Anxiety is an emotional loop that can result from being "conditioned" to feel apprehension or fear about something that has not yet happened. It can also be the result of organic processes in your body, such as hormonal processes or the result of too much exposure to Fight + Flight response due to heightened stressors or early adverse events.

I will offer to use mindfulness, CBT, DBT and talk therapy to first help you dismantle automatic emotional responses, which can be very distressing to experience. Then we will examine your experience of specific events to understand any cognitive associations and emotional responses to them. In some cases we will generate experiments or exercise to progressively help you reduce your intense sensations, feelings and bodily responses.

Working with me to overcome feelings of anxiety and fear will help you free your energies so you can feel better about yourself and move on.

 
Trauma affects the body and your mind in ways that can be ameliorated

Trauma affects the body and your mind in ways that can be ameliorated

Adverse Life Events & Trauma

One of my interests is helping my patients find ways to overcome traumatic events. I use mindfulness, distress tolerance and emotion regulation DBT skills to help each individual learn ways to manage their fight or flight response.

I also work with a variety of somatic, expressive and image based techniques that help the body-mind system heal and create new pathways that offer alternative responses and behaviors to post-traumatic stress triggers.

The last twenty years have yielded a rich amount of information and techniques that address how neuroplasticity can be harnessed to create new ways of experiencing the world and respond to stress.

I have extensive experience working in trauma settings.

 
Depression can sap all your energy.

Depression can sap all your energy.

Depression

One in three individuals experiences some form of depression or other at some point of their lives. Depression can include a debilitating lack of energy that can make everything seem impossible. Your energy is drained. The mind is taken over by negative and defeatist thoughts that loop into a system that makes you see the world as a hopeless and pointless experience.

This can begin to make a person feel that life is not worth living, experiencing passive hopes of death and, in some cases, wanting to end their lives.

There are many ways in which we can work with depression. Behavioral activation is a technique where you and I agree on acting against your feelings and following scheduled activities. We start very small with things such as exercise and restoring things you did with pleasure before  your depression hit.

This helps regain a feeling of mastery over your life that can start to lift some of the weight off your shoulders and enhance your self-esteem, and give you room to examine what is making you feel so poorly.

We can also look at your thoughts and find antidotes to the negative thinking that brings you down using Cognitive Behavioural Therapies. We will practice some of these skills together during the session and then “generalize” them to the rest of your life.

Working with me to stop the energy drain of depression will give you back your energy so you can enjoy your life without burden.

Many people suffer from problems coming out of the oppression and limitations thrust on them by a system of privilege based on patriarchy and racism.

Many people suffer from problems coming out of the oppression and limitations thrust on them by a system of privilege based on patriarchy and racism.

Patriarchy, Racism, Heterosexism, Sexism, Feminism, Queerness and new Masculinities

I offer a safe and welcoming space to members of sexual, trans, affective and gender minorities who seek therapy or counseling. I also offer a safe and welcoming place to individuals who suffer any kind of oppression from sociopolitical sources like racism, sexism, patriarchy, heterosexism and all the other -isms.

My practice includes supporting the rights of every individual to have a life of freedom of expression, imagination and creativity. I am firmly committed to anti-oppressive and equity building practices that help liberate everybody’s mind, body, and life.

My therapy is based on a firmly held  belief that many individuals  suffer additional burdens caused by a dominantly hetero-normative patriarchal and racist system of privilege. I am a feminist and an advocate of empowering expressions of humanness that liberate men, women and non-binary individuals to live according to their diverse identities embracing a full life of mutual support and enjoyment.

Often this is not possible, due to family, structural oppression, or work conditions that interfere with one’s path of self-discovery.  These may range from daily microaggressions that erode one's sense of calm and belonging, to outright traumatic violence.

These extra burdens can be endured if there are no other stressors, but when other stressors or conditions they can be compounded. We will address these issues when they affect you, and help you increase your understanding of how to deal with them in order to journey with pride and self-advocacy into a fuller life.

In my clinical experience, I have developed a keen awareness of how expectations from different cultural backgrounds and how your family may relate to you may affect your experience. This may also have affected you by how you may have internalized these elements. I use this awareness to offer nuanced and sensitive therapy.

Working with me to develop resilience and learn how to get ahead despite oppression can help make you feel freer, more joyful, and more empowered. Click below to start the process!

I have provided trainings to other professionals in how to work with individuals of varied sexual, affective and gender identities. I am always available to give trainings and talks on the topic.

 
Most mental illness can be managed to have a rewarding life

Most mental illness can be managed to have a rewarding life

Mental Illness

Chronic mental illness can be managed with the goal of living a fruitful and rewarding life. I have excellent training at Yale Psychiatric Hospital and ample experience in this area. There are many ways in which one can improve one's condition, starting by becoming aware of one's internalized stigma.

STIGMA vs. SELF-CARE

Stigma is the main reason most people feel strange taking care of their mental health conditions effectively. Most people think of mental illness differently than other organic conditions they may need to overcome.

Stigma and magical thinking tend to make people behave against maintaining good self-care and against using psychiatric medications, naturopathic or other methods that might ease your symptoms and help manage the illness.

My experience has taught me to see the strengths of each person and to recognize the incredible resilience and ability we humans have to adapt to hardships and challenges. But resilience does not guarantee less suffering.

My experience has also made me aware that different cultural backgrounds affect the experience of mental health conditions, too. I have learned to become attuned to the ways in which intersectionality affects the way each individual experiences their condition and to help with specific interventions that come from that awareness. (see more above under -ISMS and Trauma)

CURSE or GIFT?

Having worked and lived as an artist, I grew to appreciate the privilege of working with human beings that see the world in diverse and interesting manners. I know for a fact that having a mental illness diagnosis can make people think in unique and gifted ways, and I am aware of a movement that is growing in the world to embrace mental illness as a gift, not a curse.

Having a psychiatric condition is not necessarily a negative situation. There are gifts inherent in each condition, and accepting that can be healing and rewarding.

The reality and experience of living with mental illness is different for each person, however, so I work according to your specific conditions, values and goals.

Letting a professional like me help you to manage your condition is the best action you can take to align your actions with your goals, if you need help managing your condition or staying in track with your treatments.


 
Find you path and align your energies

Find you path and align your energies

Life Transitions

Do you feel you need a make-over? Are you in the middle of a career change? Are you tired of making the same mistakes again and again? Are you having trouble because of a divorce or separation? A loss?

Whether you are intentionally taking steps for changing your life or whether you are in the midst of unexpected changes, I can work with you to help you find ways to turn your experience into meaning, wisdom and joy.

I have experience helping people find what they need to catalyze their desire for change and move forward. I can help with your internal process, finding your passion or coaching you through the steps you need to take to manifest your change.

I can also help you troubleshoot the process you use to create something in your life, be it a new way of living, a novel, an art project or something else you may be generating. I will do it gently, directly and honoring your personal goals and individual process.

Among many modalities, I will use mindfulness to become aware of opportunities to invite joy into your life and learn to notice when the world's synchronicity presents you with auspicious events that can help you advance your goals.

Goal setting and balancing the demands of a creative life might seem impossible, but with an experienced professional like me at your side your chances of succeeding can improve. Let me help you now.