Asking for help takes tremendous courage. It can be incredibly difficult to admit that something feels overwhelming or uncomfortable, and that you do not know what to do to change it, or that you do not completely understand it, or have control over it. Taking the step to talk with a psychotherapist about your experiences, thoughts, and feelings can help you achieve significant changes in many important areas in your life. You can begin to deepen your understanding of your feelings, making them more bearable. You may also develop new options for how you respond to yourself and to others that feel more comfortable or may work better for you and the people that you care about. Once you decide to take that step, talking with an understanding and skilled therapist often leads to feeling less overwhelmed and more in control, feeling less alone, and feeling more hopeful about your present and your future.
I am an experienced therapist in San Francisco, with a warm, empathic, and compassionate approach to psychotherapy. I listen closely and thoughtfully to your experiences, thoughts, and feelings. and develop impressions of my own to share with you. A consultation together may lead to short-term goal-oriented therapy, or develop into deeper psychotherapy work that leads to long-lasting change and growth.
I help people with:
- Depression and anxiety
- Relationship difficulties
- Overwhelming change or loss
- Fertility issues and adoption
- Struggles in school or work
- Alcohol and other drug use
I also work with people who seek out psychotherapy to more fully realize their potential and to better understand themselves and their relationships with others. Psychotherapy can lead to profound changes – in feeling more connected to yourself and others, in expanded creativity, and in developing a greater sense of choice in how you live your life.
“[Psychoanalysis] is essentially a cure through love.” – Freud, to Jung, in a letter (1906).
There are several central aspects to psychoanalytic therapy that remain fundamentally important to me and how I engage in the work of therapy:
- We have experiences, thoughts, feelings, behaviors, drives, motivations, images of self, and ways we relate to other people that are outside of our conscious awareness.
- What we may consider problems, issues, or disorders, can more accurately be understood as formerly adaptive solutions to situations that benefit us in some ways, but may also hinder or hurt us in other ways.
- What we think of as symptoms are ways in which we are managing a deeper conflict.
- Humans are social, related creatures that seek others and connectivity.
This short film, developed by Garrick Duckler, LMFT, PhD, is a wonderful and inviting discussion of some of these concepts and much more.