My work is strengths-based: I help my clients identify and galvanize their strengths, and the parts of their lives that DO work, to get the rest of their lives working better. I do both Brief, Solution-Focused Therapy, and long-term therapy for those who need it. It can be like going to the gym: we work together to practice new ways clients can relate to themselves and others in the safety of a warm, empathic, and trusting relationship. Session by session, my clients become increasingly confident and comfortable with their authentic selves and their struggles and their successes, developing a sense of themselves as the heroes of their own story.
These complex processes arise in the context of relaxed and conversational sessions where room is made for heart to heart talk, warm feedback, discovery, and humor. When appropriate, I use structured exercises to teach skills to communicate better, relax and release tension and anxiety, and work through old hurts that are holding clients back.
I draw from my own experience as a mother, wife, entrepreneur, and former dancer/actress/waitress/teacher. Before transitioning into private practice, I spent seven rich and rewarding years working in community mental health settings, where I provided therapy to clients with histories of trauma, neglect, abuse, and severe attachment injuries. I love this work, and have great affection and respect for the people I am privileged to serve.
We’re happy to chat on the phone with you about your situation, and think together about the ways we might be able to make a real difference.
THE BRIDGE COUNSELING CENTER
1425 Leimert Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94602