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Therapy Services

Online therapy (telehealth) through a secure, HIPAA-compliant video platform in California
Green Leaves
Individual Therapy Session: $140 per 50-min session
Green Leaves
Are you tired of talking about the past over and over again with little change? Somatic trauma therapy can help.

I provide somatic trauma-informed telehealth therapy to individual teens and adults in the State of California who need support to regain control over their lives after adverse life events. 

With specialized training and dedication to helping survivors of sexual trauma and violence, I offer a space for individuals to begin the healing process and take the first steps toward a more peaceful life.

Therapy with me can feel comforting and inviting, grounding and insightful. 

As an inclusive therapist, I serve and respect all clients regardless of gender, sexual identity, race/culture, religion, beliefs, ability, or appearance. I can be your partner in overcoming the effects of your trauma.


Help is here.

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Trauma Therapy

What is the difference between therapy and trauma therapy? Trauma therapists are clinicians who specialize in treating individuals exhibiting symptoms of trauma. General therapy may not necessarily have a focus on addressing the impact of traumatic events, while trauma therapy does.

Trauma takes many forms like physical or sexual abuse, witnessing violence in the home, or long-term emotional abuse. How your body responds and processes events will impact whether or not there are lingering effects - thus, becoming traumatic.

Trauma-informed therapy gets to the root of the trauma to offer you the chance to thrive.

There’s no one “best” kind of therapy for trauma — every person’s experiences and needs are unique. I help individuals better understand and heal communication between the body and mind, using both somatic and cognitive approaches.

I can help you get there.

 

What is somatic trauma therapy?  Somatic trauma therapy involves working with the communications of the body to address, process, transform, and heal unresolved or unintegrated trauma. Not only does the body holds innate wisdom, but trauma profoundly affects the body on a physiological level (not just cognitive). As trauma is stored in the body, working with the imprints of trauma on a somatic level can help you heal. A session together might include experimenting with various postures, movements, breath and tuning into your internal or physical experience. We may discover new information, new ways of being, and even support your body or nervous system in completing what it was not able to do but wants to do. 

How successful is trauma therapy? Trauma therapy, or trauma counseling, can be very successful in helping people improve their quality of life. Support may involve building resources and coping skills, identifying and managing triggers in day-to-day life, healing your nervous system so it is not in constant fight-flight-freeze mode, updating thought patterns that no longer serve you, or addressing and processing traumatic memory or material.

Studies show that a somatically-oriented approach is effective not only in reducing symptoms, but improving nervous system regulation, mood, reality-testing, and functioning.

 

My therapeutic style is trauma-informed, neurologically-based, and somatic (body-oriented). I use the following techniques and modalities to treat clients with complex histories or needs:

  • Sensorimotor psychotherapy

  • Polyvagal theory

  • Neurobiology

  • Mindfulness

  • Somatic therapy

  • Bottom-up psychotherapy

  • Psychodynamic therapy 

  • Attachment theory

  • Relational model

  • Structural dissociation model

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy

  • Top-down psychotherapy

Specialities & Areas of Clinical Interest

I specialize in trauma therapy, particularly sexual assault, using research-based tools to support clients in processing the pain that comes with trauma.

 

Unintegrated trauma can present itself in a myriad of ways, manifesting through emotional, cognitive, somatic (body) symptoms, and more. Depression or anxiety can be symptoms of underlying, unresolved trauma.

As part of my treatment of these conditions, I also work with those who suffer from emotional pain due to:

  • Attachment injury and wounds

  • BIPOC and Asian-American issues (e.g. microaggression, systemic racism, first-generation pressures)

  • Adverse childhood experiences (ACES)

  • Childhood trauma or abuse

  • Perfectionism and self-esteem issues 
  • Mood or affect dysregulation

If you don't see what you or a loved one  struggling with on this list, please know that you can still contact me to see what options I can offer to improve your quality of life. Even if I'm not the best fit, I may be able to refer you to a therapist I know and trust.  

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Benefits of Online Therapy

You can take control of your mental health no matter where you are in the state of California. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), online therapy is just as effective as in-person or face-to-face trauma treatment. It even comes with added benefits. 

Online therapy means: 

  • Convenience: Access conveniently located appointments in the privacy of your home with zero travel time. 

  • Specialized care: Increase your access to a wider range of providers who specialize in your particular concerns, especially if you live in a remote or rural area.

  • Accessibility: Individuals with mobility issues or chronic illness can still receive therapy in a safe, comfortable environment.

  • Safety: Online therapy not only feels emotionally safer for many people, it also allows at-risk individuals to practice social distancing. 

  • Consistency: It’s easier to stick to a routine when you remove weather, sudden illness, or traffic concerns from the equation.

  • Privacy: Your sessions are between you and your licensed professional counselor. No one needs to see you coming and going from providers’ offices.

  • Cost savings: No travel time means fewer resources spent on gas and more freedom to schedule additional sessions if you need them. 

  • Comfort: Increase the comfort of sharing your deepest emotions in a familiar setting. Feel more at ease in your own space.

Please note that telehealth therapy might not be appropriate if you experience current, active and persistent suicidal ideation; have had a recent suicide attempt, or have ongoing self-injurious behavior.

If you're not sure whether telehealth therapy is right for you, let's chat. Contact me today for a free consultation.

      

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