Counseling for Depression, Anxiety, and Disordered Eating: Do you or a loved one feel depressed and anxious for no apparent reason? Is it difficult to get out of bed in the mornings and get excited about things you used to love doing? Do you feel all alone and as though nobody understands your struggles? Or do you feel awkward in social situations and tend to overthink things and assume the worst? If any or all of these apply to you, you may be struggling with depression and anxiety.
As a Stanford trained clinical psychologist, I offer psychotherapy to adolescents and adults who struggle with depression, anxiety, and disordered eating habits. I will help you explore your inner world and create awareness by providing compassionate guidance. Through my ability to read between the lines, I can see you and help you better understand yourself. My approach to therapy is both insight-oriented and skill-based. As a researcher and clinician, I am able to apply the most up-to-date evidence-based treatments to help you find a way back to a fulfilling and satisfying life. We will work through subconscious barriers and challenges that may interfere with your joy in life, growth, and path to healing.
Counseling for Coping with Cancer and Other Serious Medical Conditions: I specialize in working with individuals and their family members who suffer from serious medical conditions such as cancer. Let’s work together through the emotional struggles associated with the diagnosis of a physical illness. Emotional difficulties can appear at any stage in the treatment process and sometimes only surface once all treatments are completed. I will help you better cope with anxiety and worries associated with your condition and help you make sense of your disease productively to find your way back to a fulfilling life. I have extensive experience working with oncology patients and their family members. I also offer caregiver support. Furthermore, I help adolescents cope with the physical illness of a parent and I work with loss and grief following the passing of a loved one.
Counseling for Managing Divorce, Separation and Custody Proceedings: I have expert knowledge in divorce, separation and custody proceedings. I offer both psychological and neuropsychological forensic assessments as well as therapy services for adolescents and adults who are impacted by divorce or separation. No matter the reasons, going through a separation or divorce can be overwhelming for everyone involved. It can feel like your and your children’s entire worlds have been turned upside down which makes it difficult to function throughout the day. Many research studies have shown that people who undergo divorce face a variety of physiological and psychological difficulties including grief, anger, frustration, anxiety, disappointment, and more.
Divorce is associated with financial hardship, and an increase in depression as people experience loss of partner, hopes and dreams, and lifestyle. But there are things you can do to get through this difficult adjustment and I am here to help. Sharing feelings with a counselor or therapist can help you get through this period. Isolation can raise your stress levels, reduce your concentration, and get in the way of your work, relationships and overall health. Contact me for an initial consultation session and let me help you get back on your feet. I am also here to support your children through this period of adjustment.
Dignity Therapy: Dignity therapy is a short therapy program which involves the creation of a memoir based on your life’s legacy. We will put into words the meaning and purposes of your life. Your story will be made into a bound book which can be shared with loved ones. Dignity Therapy is designed for patients who are facing a life-threatening illness, seniors who would like to reflect over their lives and help them with challenges that may accompany the process of aging, and anybody else who enjoys giving thought to their life’s legacy, discuss values and lessons learned, and those who would like to leave a message for loved ones in a narrative document.
PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT SERVICES:
I provide a variety of assessment services, including psychological and mental health evaluations for custody, divorce, and separation proceedings, adoption evaluations, and neurocognitive assessments.
With 19 publications, I am an expert in psychometric methodology and theory. I conduct high-quality psychological evaluations for adults and adolescents to help inform treatment or for legal purposes, such as custody proceedings. I also provide expert court testimonies as needed.
I pride myself in my ability to conduct thorough and astute psychological assessments, where I systematically examine the information gathered from an assessment and weave it into a comprehensive and complete picture of the individual’s competencies, struggles, and capabilities. Recommendations are based on all the assessment results and on interviews conducted with the individual being evaluated, peers, family, attorneys and others who may be able to shed light on the individual as a complex, unique being. This person-centered, thorough and caring approach to testing, coupled with my expertise in psychometric and measurement, helps me understand the individual in an objective and accurate manner with focus on individual strengths. The results of the tests will help inform and develop a treatment plan to facilitate success in your life.
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