Laguna Beach Psychological Treatment
Telehealth Psychology Services
I provide psychological treatment in Laguna Beach to adult clients from a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) theoretical orientation using Telehealth Services. CBT includes evidence-based treatments such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). CBT has been found by researchers to be a highly effective treatment for a wide range of mental health disorders and tends to be more short-term and present-focused than other treatments. CBT has also been found to be useful in helping people reduce distressing symptoms, such as depressive thoughts or panic attacks, by focusing on changing the way you think or behave in response to situations. Depending on your needs, I can incorporate mindfulness-based techniques, a variety of coping skills, and DBT skills in order to facilitate recovery. I make a great effort to work collaboratively with everyone I treat, with the goal of empowering people to make effective, long-lasting changes in their lives. I also strive toward instilling hope and meaning back into people's lives.
Areas of Practice
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Onset of PTSD can occur after exposure to actual or threatened death, serious injury, or sexual violence. PTSD symptoms include negative changes in thoughts or mood, increased arousal or reactivity, intrusive symptoms (e.g., memories, nightmares, etc.), and avoidance of stimuli associated with the traumatic event (e.g., thoughts, places, people, etc.).
Stressor-related disorders, such as adjustment disorders, can occur when experiencing signifiant distress in response to an identifiable stressor. Common stressors include marriage, having children, divorce, death of a loved one, work- or college-related stressors, moving, injury or illness, loss of job, retirement, and financial stress. Symptoms often include feelings of anxiety and/or depression.
Anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, agoraphobia, and specific phobias. Anxiety symptoms can range from daily worries to intense panic attacks, which often include physical symptoms (e.g., racing heart, hyperventilation, etc.).
Common depressive disorders include major depressive disorder, persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia), and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Depressive symptoms can range from having a lack of interest in activities you used to enjoy and having a depressed mood, to experiencing changes in your sleep and eating behaviors.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
OCD symptoms include obsessions (recurrent, often intrusive and distressing thoughts, urges, or images) and/or compulsions, such as repetitive behaviors (e.g., checking locks) or mental acts (e.g., counting) to decrease the distress of obsessions.
“An abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal behavior.”