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Bring Hope Into Your Life, Despite Chronic Illness
You are better than you imagine and more than you hope. Be inspired to live the life you want.
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 pursue the life you want. Together, we'll help your mood, lessen your anxiety, depression, and frustration. We'll work on making your best hopes come true and simply making your life better.
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. As a mental health professional with both professional and personal chronic illness experience, I 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 the process is going to be lengthy and emotionally painful. Oh, and expensive.
I don't practice that kind of therapy.
It would be terribly arrogant for me to think that I know how to live your life better than you do. No one knows that better than you.
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.
I believe that 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.
Long Live Teletherapy!
For now, during 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 3 1/2 years. Before COVID, about one 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.
As a person dealing with chronic illness, you benefit because you don’t have to travel. If you're stuck in bed, that's OK, because you can still get the support you need. I can work with you from anywhere in California. You don’t have to depend on a caregiver for transportation.
Teletherapy promotes your independence and saves you time, money, and your precious personal energy.
As a parent, you'll love online therapy. Online therapy doesn’t require a sitter for your kids. Teletherapy is a serious time-saver -- you don't to travel to and from your appointment. Many parents schedule therapy on their lunch hour. You can sit in your private office or in your car and log in on your phone. As a couple, you can even do therapy at lunch from different locations.
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 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 have worked 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 and continue on without engaging. With distance teletherapy, that awkward moment doesn't present itself to my clients.
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.
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 and how to get there, you may be able to break your cycle of anxiety, fear and stress. And you may do that surprisingly quickly.
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.
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.
You can feel better.