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Marin Individual Therapy (Larkspur)

Update 4/6/21: I am offering limited in-office sessions starting this month on Thursdays, with proof of vaccination. 

Your emotional health is a critical aspect of how you function individually and in your relationships.  There are many obstacles that can prevent people from being as happy or as fulfilled as they’d like to be, whether it be life stressors, anxiety, depression and/or complicated histories wreaking some havoc.  Friends and family can be supportive and help to a certain degree but sometimes you need to go further.

If you are here, it is likely because you have a very specific current situation you need help with or you feel generally stuck and wonder if it’s connected to your past.

For either of those situations, I’d be happy to help.

I view people as a mosaic of sorts; a compilation of historical experiences, personality traits, present circumstances and the unique ways they cope (or struggle to cope) with life circumstances.  Some come to individual therapy/counseling with clarity around what’s holding them back from optimal functioning.  Others aren’t really sure what’s going on with them other than knowing they want to feel better and something isn’t working.

The currently offer following areas of focus in my Marin individual therapy practice:

  • COVID-19 Related Concerns
  • Anxiety, Worry and Anger 
  • Stress / Political Climate
  • Family of Origin Wounds 
  • Trauma 
  • Codependence 
  • Perfectionism / Type A
  • Life Transitions 

My therapy/counseling approach is about meeting people where they are.  There are some basic steps we would take together to get you where you want to be.  This is a general format that isn’t necessarily linear.

We need to clearly identify the issues at hand.

To do the work in your fullest capacity, you must clearly understand why the issues exist.  There are often really good reasons why you are stuck having to do with past experiences, possibly stemming all the way back to your family of origin.  If your concerns are clearly now-focused, such as a difficult relationship situation you need guidance on or generalized stress concerns, we will look at all aspects of the problem, including any potential role you have.

For those whose struggles can be linked to past experiences, we will uncover any unhealthy roots tangled up in a difficult family of origin experience or other trauma.  This would involve examining core belief systems that no longer serve you and in fact, are obstacles to optimal functioning.

I want to empower you to do things differently with tools and a new way of seeing things.

The ultimate goal is resolution of your concerns via increased resilience, positive self regard, improved coping mechanisms, striving to no longer behave in ways that don’t serve you and shifting problematic core beliefs, if present.

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserves your love and affection.” – Buddha

If you are aware that your emotional distress is rooted in childhood experiences from parental relationships, attachment deficiencies, social or school experiences or other, we will look deeply into this to understand how you coped and adapted to those experiences at that time as it relates to how you currently function.

  • Did you feel emotionally safe (and physically safe) growing up?
  • Did you experience criticism and have high expectations placed on you?
  • Did you learn from experience that people can’t be trusted?
  • Did you hear messages that either overtly or covertly indicated you weren’t good enough?

I believe that emotional and relationship health are deeply intertwined  If you find that you struggle in your relationships, it’s important to be able to hold a mirror up to yourself and honestly assess what you bring into the dynamic that doesn’t serve well.  A poor sense of self and/or mistrust both can present themselves in the relationship realm.

Individual therapy can not only help you be the best you can be for YOU but for those you care about too.

My clients are men and women of all ages.  People have said they find me direct, relatable and down to earth.  Because of the importance of therapist – client relationship, authenticity and human connection is important to me too.  This can be deep work and possibly emotional at times.  I am always humbled by what people bring in and their strength to overcome adversity.

**NEW I also offer online therapy to those in San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Los Angeles, San Mateo and anywhere in California from my additional new telehealth site.

Not quite ready for therapy or out of the area?  Here are a few other useful tools:

Family of Origin Work:  Untangle Your Unhealthy Roots

My brief e-book is a guide to help people who feel generally stuck and suspect there are ties to their family of origin.  You can start with this and then if you would like to come in to do some work with me, we’d be off to a good start.  Or it might be enough for you to make positive changes on your own.   It’s available on my other website, LoveAndLifeToolbox.com.

Emotional Health Consultations

I offer Emotional Health Consultations for specific concerns via email, phone or video.  This is not psychotherapy but educational for feedback and a suggested action plan. There are several Consultation options to suit your needs.

I’m ready, I would like to schedule. 

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