My approach to helping is eclectic. This simply means I don't strictly adhere to one way of working. I work differently with each person I see. And I often use various approaches, including psychoanalytic, cognitive behavioral, dialectic behavioral, existential, feminist, and relational therapies, as well as mindfulness and EMDR. The reason for this is not fanciful; it's practical. We have the research to show that what we do can help. We know, for instance, that cognitive behavioral therapy can show effectiveness in treating depression, anxiety, anger management and traumas with standardized protocols; dialectic behavioral therapy is indicated for maintaining emotional regulation, and treating self-harm and suicidality; mindfulness shows efficacy for stress and anxiety as well as substance abuse; and EMDR shows evidence that it works for PTSD, trauma related disorders, depression, anxiety and shows some evidence of efficacy with addiction treatment. So that's the science. It indicates that some forms of therapy show more efficacy than others for particular symptoms.
The science of psychotherapy also reveals to us other factors at play in helping you feel better.
Do you feel there is an alliance with your therapist?
Does the therapist demonstrate empathy for you?
Does the therapist have a rationale for how to help you?
Does the therapist create a healing environment?
I serve Echo Park, Silverlake, Los Feliz, Atwater and the surrounding areas including Eagle Rock, Glassell Park, Mt. Washington, Downtown LA, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Burbank, Studio City. Areas of focus include Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Self-Esteem, Mental Health, Grief, Loss, Medical Issues, Addiction, Trauma, LGBT-Affirmative, Work Issues, Men's Issues.