I am a licensed psychologist (PSY18245) specializing in individual, adolescents, geriatric, couples and family psychodynamic, psychoanalytic, and cognitive behavioral therapy and I maintain a private practice in San Luis Obispo and in Santa Barbara, California. I work with many situations that have become real life problems for inidividuals and families, as well as, mental health disorders. If you feel that your life lacks direction, if you feel that you are not living up to your full potential, if you feel constantly dismayed or unhappy you may well benefit from psychotherapy sessions. If you feel depressed much of the time, have high anxieties or obsessive and compulsive behaviors that you feel impact and impair your life then psychotherapy is usually necessary and in some cases, medication is recommended as an additional part of your treatment. Over a period of time you will find that you feel better about yourself and your life and that choice and possibility become a frequent and welcome event.
With over 13 years experience as a licensed psychologist and as a graduate of the California School of Professional Psychology specializing in psychodynamic and behavioral therapy, as well as, my four years of psychoanalytic training at The New Center for Psychoanalysis and now a Psychoanalytic Associate, I currently am serving as a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients.
As a specialist in psychodynamic and psychoanalytic therapies I have been trained to help people with a wide range of issues and disorders and below you will find a description of these therapies:
PSYCHODYNAMIC PSYCHOTHERAPY - A method in which an individual can discover explanations for mental phenomena, such as thoughts, feelings, and behavior, as the results of interacting and opposing goal-directed or motivational forces. The theory focuses on the interplay of such forces, illuminating processes, developments, progressions, regressions, and fixations.
PSYCHOANALYTIC PSYCHOANALYSIS - A method of examining the mind with a systematized body of knowledge including somatics (the tendency to react to stimuli physically rather than psychically) about human behavior and a modality of therapy for emotional issues. Psychoanalytic theory uses factual data derived from clinical psychoanalytic observation, organized according to a gradually evolved system of hypotheses. The data and hypotheses are applied to normal mental development and functioning, as well as, to abnormal mental processes and disorders.
Both of the above therapies offer a way of understanding ourselves, our relationships and how we conduct ourselves in the world. These therapies help people learn how they became who they are and why they do and feel the things they do, paving the way towards the emotional freedom necessary to make substantive, lasting changes. It helps people recognize and manage their strenghts and weaknesses, accept themselves and realize their fullest potential as human beings in a complex world.
Psychoanalytic therapy especially is concerned with unconscious conflicts that can create disharmony, unhappiness, and inhibition that may be expressed through difficulties in personality, relationships and work. Psychoanalytic treatment reveals how these unconscious forces are affecting current behavior by uncovering the destructive aspects of the stories we tell ourselves that affect our present lives. By understanding our own stories, and exploring ways in which they limit us, we can change the way we see ourselves and the world.
My therapeutic approach is to provide you with help and/or your family or loved ones to effectively address personal life challenges allowing you to react with conscious decision making and choice rather than reacting with impulsive tendencies. I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each unique individual with compassion, understanding, and empathic concern. I work with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth and lifestyle changes they are committed to accomplishing.
There are times when a different therapeytic approach may be helpful, therefore, I also incorporate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Coaching for businesses, carrer changes, short and long term goal changes, etc.
Also incorporated into my practice, at times, is Neurofeedback Therapy. Please see link on the first page of my website for description and research on this valuable resource.
I am a member of the following Professional Memberships:
American Psychological Association
Central Coast Psychological Chapter
Psychoanalytical Associate of the New Center For Psychoanalysis