Ventura Marriage Counseling

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Jun 5, 2015 (1 year and 11 months ago)

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I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who is passionate about my work. I have always been intuitive and compassionate, and I knew as a young child I would put these qualities to use in my professional life. After years of working in non-profit and higher education settings, I launched my psychotherapy practice. I appreciate the focused time I can offer my clients in private practice, and the freedom to run my counseling business in a way that leaves me energized and engaged.


Ventura Marriage Counseling

Anxiety, Grief and Relatio

ship Counseling in Ventura, Oxnard,
Camarillo and Ojai

If you are struggling
-

with your partner, with your children, after a loss, or with
stressful life events
-

therapy can help. As a
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist,
I offer a safe, compassionate environment for you to explore what's happening, and
the gain the insight, understanding, and skills needed for transformation.

A graduate of Harvard University and a huge believer in co
ntinuing education from
leaders in the field of psychotherapy, I concentrate my practice on counseling for
anxiety, trauma and PTSD, EMDR therapy, grief counseling, and couples therapy.

I offer individual and couples counseling for adults and adolescents i
n Ventura,
Oxnard, Ojai, Camarillo, and surrounding communities throughout Ventura County.
My work focuses on various struggles we face during our lives, including those
caused by:


Relationship strain: unhappy couples who have grown apart and don't know
wh
at to do next


Divorce


Grief after the loss of a loved one


Trauma (specific events such as car accidents or emergencies, but also the
effects from childhood abuse or neglect and sexual assault)


Social anxiety, loneliness, and feelings of "not fitting in"


Te
enage struggles: teens who feel overwhelmed and act in ways that worry
loved ones


These demanding experiences can take a toll in physical, mental, emotional, and
spiritual ways. You may find yourself worrying or crying more, sleeping less, finding
little
joy in your life, and wondering if you can create a better future for yourself.

If anxiety, worry, unhappiness, and grief are impacting your life, counseling with a
skilled, compassionate psychotherapist can help. Contact me today so that you can
begin im
proving your relationships, healing your past, and transforming your grief.

My Approach

A
pproach you as a whole
-
person, understanding that true healing takes place on
physical, mental, emotional

and spiritual levels. Psychotherapy with me is an
opportunity

to for you to explore your experiences and gain the insight,
understanding and awareness needed for transformation.

In addition to EMDR, I
combine mindfulness and somatic awareness approaches to facilitate deep change. I
respect and honor the search for m
eaning that often takes place during difficult
times,

and blend psychology, spirituality, and contemplative practices in my
counseling work with couples and individuals
.

About Me

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who is passionate about my
work. I
have always been intuitive and compassionate, and I knew as a young child I would
put these qualities to use in my professional life. After years of working in non
-
profit
and higher education settings, I launched my psychotherapy practice. I apprec
iate
the focused time I can offer my clients in private practice,

and the freedom to run my
counseling business in a way

that leaves me energized and engaged.


I hold an

M.Ed. in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University
Graduate School of Education, and a M.S. in Counseling Psychology from California
State University. I earned my B.A. in Sociology and Psychology from Scripps College
of the Claremont Colleg
es.

Mindfulness and Anxiety

From a biological perspective, we are wired to accurately identify threats to our
health and safety. Sometimes, though, our brains get “stuck” in that place, and
anxiety, worry, and even panic can show up.

That’s why mindfulness
, the practice of bringing awareness to yourself and your
environment, can be such a powerful tool in managing anxiety. If you connect with
the “now” of your life, chances are that you are safe and relatively free from harm.
Realizing safety and security,
and connecting with a “felt sense” of that safety in
your body, helps calm the body and mind.

Here’s a little article with some great tips on connecting with the good things in life.

If anxiety is impacting your life, contact me today to explore if therapy

might help. I
provide individual and couples counseling to Ventura, Oxnard, Camarillo, Ojai and
surrounding communities in Ventura County.

Individual and Couples Counseling

I work with adults, adolescents, and couples on issues of stress, anxiety, and
rel
ationship concerns all the time, but I specialize in helping those

who are

facing
major life challenges, including separation, divorce, loss

of loved ones, and

traumatic
events (such as car accidents, abuse, and sexual assault).

Whether working with

indiv
iduals or

couples, my goal is to help reduce stress and
overwhelm, and increase a sense of stability

and well
-
being. Couples work is an
important part of my practice, and I have completed an extensive 12
-
month training
program in marriage and couples couns
eling through Drs. Ellyn Bader and Pete
Pearson at The Couples Institute in Northern California.

Somatic and Mindfulness Approaches

By utilizing mindfulness and somatic (body) interventions, I teach my
clients

concrete skills to reduce symptoms of stress
in the nervous system and help
stabilize the body and mind.

For more information please visit
http://www.counselingventura.com