Offering compassionate, empathic, and authentic in-person therapy at our bright Dana Point, CA office.
Do not set aside your happiness. Do not wait to be happy in the future. The best time to be happy is always now.
-Roy T. Bennett
Your life is worthy of your time and attention. In the midst of daily demands, a pandemic, or the already crowded calendar, making time for therapy can seem daunting. Therapy ironically will create more spaciousness; allowing for a more intentional and meaningful life. We support our clients no matter what barriers prevent them from the therapy room by offering convenient and secured teletherapy. Connect with us from the comfort of your home. We offer encrypted videoconferencing sessions to those in California, Colorado, Arizona, Oregon, Nevada, and Texas.
The curious paradox is that when you accept yourself just as you are, then you change.
- Carl Rogers
Individual therapy is a safe place for us to explore your story together. Through an authentic and genuine therapeutic relationship, you will be empowered to attain the best solutions for you and your unique circumstances. Our individual therapists will equip you with valuable tools, such as the ability to “reframe” your perceptions, ultimately leading you to an improved ability to cope with life’s obstacles and enhance life’s joys.
THERAPY FOR THERAPIST
Self-love is an ocean and your heart is a vessel. Make it full, and any excess will spill over into the lives of the people you hold dear. But you must come first.
- Beau Taplin
Healing others necessitates ongoing healing of self. Your self-care as a healer is instrumental in the quality of care you provide. More importantly, you deserve the same comforting space you provide your own clients. Finding a therapist as a therapist can prove difficult; you desire and deserve a healer with the knowledge, techniques, and authenticity to address your unique experience as a therapist. Let us ease the challenging burden of finding a quality provider as a quality provider. We are here to support you.
What we have once enjoyed deeply we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.
- Helen Keller
Part of being human is unfortunately facing moments of significant loss and grief. Nobody can escape the sting of grief, whether it stems from the ending of a friendship, the death of the person you cannot imagine living without, or saying goodbye to your precious family pet. Even exciting stages of life can present grief as we close our last chapter and transition into a new season. Relocating, changing employment, losing mobility or graduating from school are just a few experiences that can call for a necessary grieving period. Walking through grief with another, even if not intuitive, can lift the burden of this heavy experience. Our seasoned clinicians are privileged to provide the space you deserve to heal during these challenging times.
There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.
- Laurell K. Hamilton
Trauma significantly changes both our brains and bodies. If you have experienced trauma, whether that be a car accident or emotional abuse as a child, the lens through which you experience life may be fogged, clouded by perceptions and beliefs that no longer serve you. Confusion, overwhelm, anxiety, and/or depression can make daily demands feel impossible. Old coping strategies may no longer work, and you are ready to try something new. Our focus is to help you in releasing your trauma, allowing your mind and body to heal, energize, and draw on your inner strengths.
PERINATAL & INFERTILITY
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’
- Eleanor Roosevelt
Growing a family, or wanting to grow a family but instead facing loss, presents struggles and challenges that are often heart-wrenching, personal, and frightening. Deciding on fertility treatments, soothing a firstborn, or adding a newborn to the mix can be overwhelming. You are not alone in grappling with big feelings during these stressful and joyful periods. Depression, isolation, and inadequacy are common and can often be addressed successfully in therapy. Sometimes we forget the importance of self-care as we focus on bringing another into the world. We can support you in both endeavors.
The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle.
- Steve Jobs
Your passions, interests, and career needs are ever-changing, which makes sense since you are ever-evolving. The desire to love or at least be content with your work does not discriminate across the lifespan. Whether you are 25 or 80, we are here to guide you through the intimidating process of leaving an old career, embracing a new life path, or assisting you as you create a life you love. When your career comprises the majority of your waking hours, it is imperative you feel a sense of contentment, peace, and hopefully fulfillment in your life’s work. Let us investigate how we can align where you are at with a career that fits that location.
The only constant in life is change.
Constant does not mean enjoyable, expected, or easy. Change, whether that change is perceived as good or bad, can bring stress. Throughout life, change can be significant, unwelcomed, or resisted. Marriages, going to college, becoming pregnant, moving, or waving goodbye to your children as they permanently leave the nest can cause individuals stress. This stress often steers individuals to the help of a qualified therapist. We have the opportunity to sort through these feelings together to find solutions, coping skills, and new ways to view the changes that accompany our lives.
Life doesn’t make any sense without interdependence. We need each other, and the sooner we learn that, the better for us all.
- Erik Erikson
A family is a dynamic unit, holding both strengths and opportunities for greater functioning. Through effective and meaningful communication and connection, your family can gain the skills needed to intentionally change behaviors and address feelings for the benefit of your family unit. You will be equipped to practice what you learn outside of therapy until it eventually becomes second nature.
A failure is not a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.
- BF Skinner
Couples Therapy is a way to approach your relationship or marriage from a new and beneficial vantage point. Often, we get mired in old patterns and behaviors that slowly harm our relationships. A therapist who engages in couples therapy is well aware and knowledgeable of these pitfalls, and even more importantly knows how to navigate them to foster greater intimacy. Your therapist will implement various methods to help each of you develop new attitudes and perspectives that will better serve your marriage or relationship. Couples therapy takes place with both clients present.
People need people – for initial and for continued survival, for socialization, for the pursuit of satisfaction. No one – not the dying, not the outcast, not the mighty – transcends the need for human contact.
- Irvin Yalom
As a business, you strive for success. Success and productivity are driven by careful attention to the nuances of both the individual and group. A positive atmosphere and a dual focused management approach (i.e. what is best for the individual as well as what is best for the group as a whole), results in growth, productivity, and flow. We can help you and your team build on strengths and identify opportunities to create a thriving work environment.
SUPERVISION & CONSULTATION-TRAINEES, ASSOCIATES, & LICENSED THERAPIST'S
The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination.
- Carl Rogers
Quality supervision during your ongoing training is of paramount importance as a newer clinician. Working with a clinical supervisor who provides both knowledge and warmth is a rare gem. Our seasoned clinicians are those gems; they will inspire continued growth by focusing on your inherent strengths while also guiding mastery of the essential skills required to sustain a long-term career. The goal is the development of a therapist identity that incorporates each trainees’ unique individual humanness with the necessary therapeutic skills, resulting in an empowered, confident, and well-grounded clinician.
SPEAKING AND PRESENTATIONS
Being the “best you can be” is really only possible when you are deeply connected to another. Splendid isolation is for planets, not people.
- Dr. Sue Johnson
Our professional speakers provide engaging and educational content on a wide-range of relevant mental health topics. Expertly curated presentations keep our audience intrigued and involved in the discussion, allowing for a true exchange of ideas. Some examples of our many offerings include mindfulness, drug and alcohol prevention, infertility & loss, and navigating trauma & grief. We also provide topics for the clinician, such as important learning opportunities for coping with vicarious trauma. We would love to learn and meet with you soon. Contact us today to discuss how we can initiate a conversation with your group, school, or company.