San Diego Psychotherapy

Are you Ready for Change?

Do your emotions sometimes get the better of you and add to the problems in your life? Have your emotions contributed to cycles of impulsive behavior, including substance abuse? Do you have trouble focusing your mind and making effective decisions? Do you have a hard time knowing how to ask for what you want or how to set limits with people? If these questions seem familiar, I can help. My psychotherapy sessions are designed to teach you skills that can help stabilize difficult emotions and focus your thinking and communication in constructive ways. I use Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) with individuals and in group. My couple’s sessions are focused around restoring a sense of intimacy, or connection, using Emotionally Focused Therapy (ETF). 

Breaking the Cycle

I am an expert in helping people who have co-occurring disorders, such as depression or anxiety, coupled with substance abuse. I run the only 6 months adherent DBT skills training group, in San Diego, addressing the needs of people struggling with sustained recovery. By joining the DBT skills training group you will learn how to act more skillfully in life.  By learning new and practical skills, which leads to more effective behavior, there are almost always fewer unwanted consequences. With fewer consequences there is most often less depression, anxiety and conflict. With fewer consequences and conflict there is room for more joy and happiness. The skills are rooted in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).  They have been proven to work.  I believe in the 12 Step model of Recovery and also acknowledge that it is sometimes not enough. This group is designed to supplement, not replace, you participation in that fellowship. 

Design the Career and Family Life you Love

I am an expert in helping people who have co-occurring disorders, such as depression or anxiety, coupled with substance abuse. I run the only 6 months adherent DBT skills training group, in San Diego, addressing the needs of people struggling with sustained recovery. By joining the DBT skills training group you will learn how to act more skillfully in life.  By learning new and practical skills, which leads to more effective behavior, there are almost always fewer unwanted consequences. With fewer consequences there is most often less depression, anxiety and conflict. With fewer consequences and conflict there is room for more joy and happiness. The skills are rooted in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).  They have been proven to work.  I believe in the 12 Step model of Recovery and also acknowledge that it is sometimes not enough. This group is designed to supplement, not replace, you participation in that fellowship. 

Change Starts Right Where You Are

Therapy should feel like a celebration of self. If you are hesitant to commit to therapy, perhaps you are experiencing doubt that true and lasting change is possible for you. My training, education and experience serve to create an environment free of judgment and patient enough for change. Please call to schedule a free consultation.  (619) 261-9269