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Mental Health Therapist Online California: Counselor in California
Please keep in mind that I am licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in California. That means that I can only work with people who live in California.
What is a mental health therapist?
A mental health therapist is a licensed professional who provides counseling and support to people struggling with life decisions and relationships, creating a healthy lifestyle, and dealing with symptoms of mental illness. Solution based treatment California can help you cope with difficult situations, manage your symptoms, and improve your overall quality of life. Therapy adult services can help you get on track to lead you to your preferred future.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I will support you using a respectful, solution focused and change oriented stance to help you work toward your goals and aspirations. As a counselor in California, I work with individuals, couples, and families. My main focus is adult counseling, but I also work with teens. Therapy for couples and families is a specialty I really enjoy.
I work with all kinds of relationships including:
Adult sibling relationships
Premarital planning and decision making
Life brings many challenges that can impact relationships, job performance, self-esteem, and happiness. I can help you assess your situation, look at different perspectives, identify your best hopes and goals and help you see how to move forward in a positive direction to your preferred future.
Mental health therapists play an important role in treating mental illness, but that is not all we do. I can help you deal with everyday situations, manage mental health symptoms, improve your overall functioning, and help you maintain sobriety. Therapy adult services can help you address whatever is getting in your way.
Working with a mental health therapist online in California can help you live a more fulfilling life.
What is a
Marriage and Family Counselor?
Marriage and family counselor definition: A marriage and family counselor is a mental health therapist specializing in helping couples and families improve their relationships. They are qualified to provide counseling services to individuals, couples, or families.
Licensed marriage and family counselors in California have a master's degree in psychology, marriage and family therapy, or a related field. They have also completed 3000 hours of supervised client work and have passed the California Board of Behavioral Sciences Marriage and Family Therapy licensing exam.
The official title is Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).
What Does a Marriage and Family Counselor Do?
The job of a Marriage and Family Therapist is to help you improve your relationships. They are licensed to work with individuals, couples, or families. LMFTs provide counseling services to resolve conflicts, improve communication, understand and cope with life changes and how they impact relationships and treat mental health conditions.
How Does Solution Focused Marriage and Family Counseling Work?
In solution focused marriage and family counseling, your psychotherapist in California works to bring about change by helping identify the outcome you are hoping for so you can find solutions that fit your situation. With solution based treatment California, your therapist will help hone in on solutions for the challenges you are experiencing that work for everyone involved. Solution focused therapy can be short-term or continuing, depending on your focus. Your treatment ends when you no longer need support to move forward.
There are several ways in which solution focused marriage and family counseling can work. One way is by exploring your communication styles to see what works best for you. Knowing your best communication style can help resolve conflict and build a stronger relationship.
Working with a counselor in California who is solution focused can improve your relationship by helping you see different perspectives and past successes that add up to new solutions unique to your current issues. Solutions that involve all viewpoints and ideas tend to work better than standard techniques from a manual. There are no one-size-fits-all answers.
Marriage and Family Therapy for Individuals
Marriage and family therapy can help individuals in many ways. I provide therapy adult services to support you and help you cope with stressful situations, resolve relationship issues and deal with conflict. I focus on adult counseling and teen issues.
We can work together to reduce symptoms of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, suicidal thoughts, chronic illness, stress, grief, and substance use. I also support clients who are stuck, need help with parenting, women who have left domestic violence relationships, those looking for help with self-improvement and self-esteem, want to sleep better and are interested in nutrition for mental health.
Working with a counselor in California can help you develop coping skills and strategies for dealing with difficult situations. Individual marriage and family therapy can help you understand and resolve family conflicts. I also work with people in poly & open relationships, with neurodiversity, and am LGBTQ+ and BIPOC affirmative.
Therapy for Couples and Families
No family or couple is perfect. All families and couples go through good times and bad times. When the bad times become too much to handle, it may be time to seek therapy. When it comes to psychotherapy, couples and families often face unique challenges. With the help of a qualified mental health therapist, you can overcome your challenges. Working with a psychotherapist in California can help families and couples function more effectively and work as a team.
I specialize in helping couples and families work through adult counseling issues issues that get in the way of healthy relationships. Every couple and every family is different. I tailor my therapy adult services to what you bring into each session so you can come up with solutions for your particular situation.
I offer counseling services online with private, secure teletherapy on a HIPAA-compliant platform. Teletherapy makes it easier for you to access therapy for couples and families from anywhere in California, even if family members live in different parts of the state, you can still access solution based treatment California.
Mental health therapists in California are available to help couples and families deal with various issues. Therapy can help resolve conflict, communication problems, and other relationship issues. Psychotherapy is a safe space for couples and families to explore their relationships. It can help you better understand yourselves and each other and find more effective ways to communicate and interact.
If you're struggling in your relationship or family life, reach out for help. I would be happy to meet with you for a free 15-minute consultation to see if we would be a good fit to work together. I would be honored to support you through whatever problems you're facing.
How Does Solution Focused Marriage and Family Counseling Work?
In solution focused marriage and family counseling, your therapist works to help you bring about change by identifying the outcome you are hoping for so you can find solutions that fit your situation. Your solution focused counselor in California will help hone in on solutions for the challenges you are experiencing that work for everyone involved. Therapy adult services draw on your past experiences, talents and skills to find solutions that move you in the direction of your preferred outcome.
Solution focused therapy can be short-term or continuing, depending on your focus. Your solution based treatment California ends when you no longer need support to move forward.
There are several ways in which solution focused marriage counseling and family counseling can work. One way is by exploring your communication styles to see what works best for you. Knowing your best communication style can help resolve conflict and build a stronger relationship.
Solution focused counseling with a psychotherapist in California can improve your relationship by helping you see different perspectives and past successes that add up to new solutions unique to your current issues. Therapy for couples and families can bring you together and find solutions that fit for everyone.
Everyone will be treated with respect and have the opportunity to share their views and ideas. Solutions that involve all viewpoints and ideas tend to work better than standard techniques from a manual. There are no one-size-fits-all answers.
You Just Seem Not to Be Able to Snap Out of It.
Are you experiencing a deep, persistent sadness? Have you lost interest in activities you once enjoyed? Do you cry often? Do you have lingering feelings of shame, guilt, hopelessness, worthlessness and anger?
If so, you could be suffering from depression. Long-lasting depression can become your normal way of living and be difficult to recognize. Solution based treatment California can help you make changes and live life on your terms.
Feeling sad sometimes is normal, but feeling intensely sad for a long period of time is not. If you have been suffering from depression for more than 2 months, and it has interfered with your ability to function in your everyday life, it is time to get help.
By learning to think and feel differently about your life, you can feel better and change things dramatically.
Therapy adult services can help. You can feel better.
Overcoming anxiety, fear, and stress
Let's Move Toward Your Best Hopes.
Anxiety is worrying about your future.
Fear is worrying about what’s happening in your present.
Stress is physical or emotional strain you feel from a demanding situation.
Up to a point, experiencing anxiety, fear and stress is normal and, even, necessary. But too much of these things can make life very, very difficult.
By focusing on your best hopes with mental health therapist online California, and how to get there, you may be able to break your cycle of anxiety, fear and stress. And you may make progress surprisingly quickly.
managing chronic illness
I've Been There. I'm Still There.
Dealing with chronic illness symptoms day in and day out can take a serious toll on you. I truly know the feeling, because I live with chronic illness.
From my personal experience and professional training, I can help you come up with ideas to help your mood, lessen your anxiety, depression, and frustration.
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. A licensed counselor in California with chronic illness experience can help you navigate the medical system, talk to your friends and family members about your condition, find strategies that help you manage your symptoms, and deal with the stress of your daily life.
a different kind of therapy.
a different kind of therapist.
Therapy with Me is About You Living the Life You Want.
You probably think therapy is getting advice from your therapist about how to live your life better. And you probably think it's going to be lengthy, emotionally painful and expensive.
I don't practice that kind of therapy.
I don't think that I know how to live your life better than you do. No one knows that better than you. You understand your needs and in adult counseling you will be treated with respect and kindness. I will never ask you to do or say anything that makes you uncomfortable.
In our sessions, we will explore your best hopes for our work together and how you can reach your hopes. We will focus on building the future you want, not spend time re-traumatizing you with difficult things from your past.
You know how to build your brightest future. By very carefully listening to you, I will be able to ask you the right questions that will lead you to your own answers for your life.
If all of this sounds good to you, then I might be the therapist for you. I'm a mental health therapist online California. I enjoy working online. It increases flexibility for both of us and is more convenient than traveling to appointments.
Long Live Teletherapy!
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, my practice is entirely online. You know what?
I think teletherapy is great.
We can do teletherapy together from anywhere in California.
I have been offering teletherapy for 4 1/2 years. Before COVID, about a quarter of my clients were out of my area and seeing me online. Now, my entire practice is online. Teletherapy makes therapy more accessible. There are so many benefits for my clients and I.
Chronic illness clients benefit because they don’t have to travel. If you're stuck in bed, that's OK, because you can still get the support you need. You have more therapists to choose from, since chronic illness is not a popular specialty. With teletherapy, you can choose from therapists statewide. You don’t have to depend on a caregiver for transportation. Teletherapy promotes your independence.
Teens really resonate with online therapy. Teens are extremely comfortable with technology. Online therapy meets them in their element, instead of expecting them to enter an unfamiliar office environment. Being online gives them anonymity, if they want it.
Online therapy is empowering for teens. They don’t need to make appointments around their parent’s schedule for transportation. They get to choose where their appointment takes place. I have met with teens online while they walk in nature, in their room, in a car in their driveway, and at a friend’s house, so there’s no chance they will be heard or interrupted. Teens have the power to end a session at any moment with just the click of a button if they desire. Knowing they have that power is very empowering.
Online therapy offers a different kind of privacy than in-person therapy. You can choose a therapist who lives far enough away that you will never bump into each other in your local grocery store. I work with lots of clients in Southern California. I live over 8 hours away. I will never meet them in person. I do see my local clients around town. I follow ethics rules and never initiate conversation. They sometimes come up and say hi, though. Some are thankful I don't initiate contact and continue on without engaging. With distance teletherapy, that awkward moment doesn't present itself.
While teletherapy isn't for everyone, I think it's fantastic. I recommend that you give it a try.
Single Session Therapy
Therapy does not need to take a long time. One shift in your thinking can lead you to a significant insight. That insight can change your life.
One new way of seeing something can change your thinking in other ways. In turn, that new thinking can lead you to other changes.
This virtuous cycle can begin to run on its own. It's almost as though you set up dominoes to be knocked down.
In very little time, you can replace your old problem-creating thinking patterns for new solution-focused thinking.
Therapy for couples and families can often resolve issues in one or two sessions.
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