Anxiety, panic, depression, and mood swings can make you feel like you are being stalked by an invisible tiger. Depression and anxiety can make your life problems feel insurmountable. It can be a very lonely and scary experience. But it doesn't have to be. And, there is reason to have hope, particularly since you have taken the important step of reaching out for help.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist who utilizes state-of-the-art, research-based treatment to help clients struggling with depression, anxiety, and a variety of other challenging problems. I see patients in the heart of downtown Mountain View on El Camino Real. In addition to my private practice, I have worked at Stanford Hospital and currently serve as Consulting Psychologist to Gateway Psychiatric Services. I have taught psychology undergraduates at Palo Alto University and served on the Board of Directors for the Santa Clara County Psychological Association from 2010 through 2012.
People seek out therapy for a wide variety of problems and each individual’s particular combination of concerns is unique. Some of the most common issues dealt with in psychotherapy include:
· managing stress effectively
· reducing negative emotions like anxiety, sadness, depression, and irritability
· reducing shyness or social discomfort
· clarifying aspects of a difficult life issue
· improving communication skills
· increasing the ability to feel joy
· eliminating self-defeating patterns of behavior
· enhancing interpersonal skills like assertiveness
· establishing healthy boundaries
· learning how to relax
· reducing mood swings
· understanding how early life issues impact you as an adult
· dealing with conflict
People also seek professional treatment for specific clinical concerns like:
· obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
· generalized anxiety (GAD)
· social anxiety (SAD)
· health anxiety
· panic attacks and panic disorder
· bipolar disorder
How Does Psychotherapy Help?
Clients who engage in psychotherapy can experience:
- symptom relief
- clarity about goals, values, and life direction
- deeper connection and ability to relate with others
- increased understanding of themselves and people in their lives
People have usually tried a variety of strategies to help solve their problems before seeking psychotherapy, like advice from friends, reading self help books, internet research, and giving the problem some time. Psychotherapy is a distinctly different strategy that addresses your problems in a supportive environment with an objective, informed professional. In general terms, the process of therapy can be broken down into two basic stages: understanding and change.
My goal in therapy is to understand your problems, how they are affecting you, what their origins may be, and what in your particular background makes you vulnerable to those problems. Understanding the issue and its origins are crucial steps but are not entirely sufficient goals for therapy. I also want to help you change the problems that are distressing to you and work hard to prevent their recurrence.
How Long Does it Take to Get Results?
The length of psychotherapy treatment is vastly different for each person and for each problem. It is difficult, if not impossible, to accurately pinpoint the amount of time it will take to find relief. There is a tremendous range and several factors that contribute to the timeline. Some of these factors include the nature of the problem itself (simple versus complicated), how long the problem has been a problem (newly developed versus chronic and longstanding), how much work you put into solving the problem outside of therapy, and many more. For those seeking relief from troublesome but straightforward problems, therapy can be effective in as little as a 8 to 12 sessions. For more complex issues, therapy can last a few months to a few years. As a clinician, it is important to me that we work together to understand what your goals of treatment are and then to track them so that we can accurately judge whether we are achieving those goals or not.
Confidentiality is essential for effective therapy. The relief people find in a therapy setting revolves in part around the promise of privacy. In fact, it is more than a promise: psychologists and other mental health professionals are ethically and legally required to uphold strict rules around keeping your information private. There are laws at the federal and state level as well as professional codes of conduct that spell out exactly how your confidentiailty is to be protected. Confidentiality has been a long held value of clinical psychology from its inception. So, rest assured, your conversations are private. However, there can be exceptions to the privacy rules and it is important to understand what they are. For example, a psychologist would be required to break confidentiality in certain circumstances when there is risk of serious danger to you or the public. However, even in these rare circumstances, the minimum amount of information necessary is revealed.
My practice has recently relocated to El Camino Real, near the heart of Downtown Mountain View. The location, 1605 W. El Camino Real, in Mountain View, is conveniently located off highways 101, 280, and 85. Several restaurants and shops are within walking distance.
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