To me, therapy is not about sick people getting better. We all have issues. I believe therapy is about taking the time to transform and create the life you really want to live. What else are we here on this planet for?! I came to LA to work in comedy because, at the time, I thought I was living my dreams. What I was living was disillusionment. Comedy didn’t free me from my anxiety and bad habits, it exacerbated them. However, this was the starting point of living the life I really wanted (that I didn’t know I wanted). Nobody tells you this but your ideas about your life CAN CHANGE. The reason I love therapy is because it can help you discover the next step for you when you feel hopelessly stuck.
My clients come to me for the same reason. We tend to get handed a dream, maybe by society, maybe by our families or community. And then we get disappointed. This isn’t the end it’s the beginning.
Therapy with me is a dynamic process. We look at what isn’t working with a fresh set of eyes. I ask questions. We figure stuff out. I once heard if it feels positive it must not be productive. Lies! The work my clients and I do together is positive and productive, but not in the way you might think. Therapy is an unplannable process. Your fear of uncertainty may be flaring up, but it’s really a good thing. There are so many possibilities out there, why plan for one?
It may sound like I have just read too many self-help books but my work is deeply rooted in traditional methods. My training includes:
MA in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles. I chose this program because of their focus on LGBTQ Affirmative therapy and social justice.
Intensive training in Relational Gestalt work through the Pacific Gestalt Institute (PGI). Gestalt work focuses on how therapist and client can work collaboratively (as opposed to the silent stare you may have seen therapists use in movies)
Level 2 trained in Brainspotting. Brainspotting is a mind/body therapy that helps people heal from trauma, creative blocks and old wounds. Many people want to heal their trauma without reliving it. Brainspotting is a great method for that