HOW I WORK WITH DIFFERENT 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. I will offer to use mindfulness, CBT, DBT and talk therapy to examine the underlying factors and dismantle ineffective emotional responses, which can be very distressing to experience.

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

 
 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 Behavioral 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.

 The problem is not "being" LGBTQI2S. The problem is the oppression thrust on LGBTQI2S individuals by a dominant hetero-normative society.

The problem is not "being" LGBTQI2S. The problem is the oppression thrust on LGBTQI2S individuals by a dominant hetero-normative society.

LGBTQI2S+ LIFE

Living according to one's identity can be a source of joy and fulfillment without external interference. Many times this is not the case, due to family, structural oppression, or work conditions. I offer a safe and welcoming space to members of sexual, trans, affective and gender minorities who seek therapy or counseling. My beliefs include supporting the rights of every individual to self-define. I am firmly committed to anti-oppressive and equity building practices.  

My therapy is based on a firmly held  belief that LGBTQI2S individuals  suffer additional burdens caused by a dominantly hetero-normative society. 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 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.

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.

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!

 
 Most mental illness can be managed to have a rewarding life

Most mental illness can be managed to have a rewarding life

MANAGING 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 is the main reason most people feel strange taking care of their 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 or naturopathic 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 individuality with which each individual experiences their condition and to help with specific interventions.

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.

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.

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 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?

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 the grace 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 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.