Therapy to build strength, confidence and resilience
stress, worry, depression, compulsive behaviors
, and problems at work or in relationships often signal a disconnect with your strengths, courage, resilience, or sense of connection and purpose.
Many of my clients have difficulty with conflict, often sacrificing or putting aside their own feelings and needs in order to stay connected with others. The price of relationship takes a toll on body and mind.
What Brings People to Counseling?
People come to see me
When a relationship stops working
When the demands of family or other obligations feels depleting or overwhelming
When they can't stop eating
When shopping, or surfing the net, or some other behavior that used to relieve stress now makes it worse
People also come when their bodies start giving out - when pain or chronic illness stumps their doctors, and they suspect there is an emotional component
And they come when they just can't keep putting themselves second, or third, or last, focusing on others at their own expense
We are wired with a need to belong - to attach to significant others throughout our lives. But too often, our attachments come at the price of our self-esteem. This is especially true if we grew up with difficult, demanding, abusive, or narcissistic parents. Those early experiences prime us to attach to difficult people later in life.
Relief is at Hand
In the last ten years, the fields of psychology, neurology, trauma research and attachment research have provided us with a guide to how our life-long attachment relationships can foster health, strength, courage, resilience, joy and contentment - when they are optimal. And we have learned how, when these relationships are not optimal, people become depressed, anxious, angry or avoid those icky feelings with compulsive or addictive behaviors.
During these years, I've studied everything we know about emotional pain and how to heal. Taking the best from different fields and approaches, I've developed a process I call Attachment Based Counseling (ABC). I help people discover and use their body's innate tendency toward health and healing. I help them develop an internal source of attachment - an inner parent - who is always available, protective, loving, kind, and supportive.
My style is interactive and warm. I am real and speak plain English, not "therapese." And I work collaboratively, understanding that you are the expert on you. I can advise, consult and coach, but you are the only one who knows what feels right for you.
Please explore the links on this page to learn more about how I can help. You can also visit my blog on , emotional eating. Or you can listen to my emotional eating podcasts here. And you'll find several articles on this site that may be helpful. For the freshest updates, you can also follow me on facebook.
My office is in Pleasant Hill, CA, close to highways 680 and 24. I'm a short drive from Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Concord, Martinez, Alamo, and Benicia.
Get Directions from:
Walnut Creek and points South (Alamo, San Ramon, Danville)
Concord and Clayton
Benicia and points North
Lafayette and points West (Orinda, Moraga)
Appointments are also available via phone for people who live out of the area or have difficulty making an office visit.
Convenient and Flexible Hours
I have day and evening hours Monday through Wednesday and every other Thursday. I am happy to schedule sessions as short as 45 minutes and as long as 90 minutes. I offer sessions weekly or every-other week in the beginning of therapy, and monthly for clients who prefer to taper off gradually. To see my current availability, click here.
Payment and Insurance
I accept all major credit cards as well as checks and cash. I don't accept direct payment from insurance, but can provide a monthly statement for clients with PPOs so they can be reimbursed for services. Click here for my current fee schedule.
Find out if therapy can help. Call for a free 30-minute consultation: (925)335-6441 or begin the scheduling process online by clicking here: Schedule Consultation. I generally respond to inquiries within 2 business days.