Self-Esteem

Do you struggle with self-esteem?

Do you wish you had more confident or feel comfortable in your own skin?

Building confidence and self-esteem can be a challenge especially if you never had the tools or upbringing that allows for it. 

I can help you build the self-esteem that you need. I describe building self-esteem like building a house, which often requires a variety of pieces to fit together. Self-esteem can also be difficult to build if you suffer from symptoms of clinical disorders such as depression and anxiety. Other barriers to self-esteem can be our way of relating to others or our stage in life. 

Below, I listed a few areas I specialize in helping my clients move towards better self-esteem:

 

 

Depression

If you struggle with depression you are not alone. Depression is one of the most common reasons for why clients come into therapy. The effects of depression can range from mild to life crippling.  Here are a few signs that you might indicate depression in your life:

  • Lack of appetite
  • Difficulty enjoying activities
  • Difficulty getting out of bed
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Lack of Energy
  • Excessive Guilt
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Suicidal Thoughts 

 I help clients by giving them the tools to manage depression in addition to looking at the underlying roots that cause depression. I give clients the space to learn new coping skills, changing their negative core beliefs, and gain self-awareness as to where these beliefs come from. 

If you struggle with depression, there is hope and ways to deal with it. Depression does not need to take over your life. 

 

Addictive Behavior

Whether you struggle with substances, internet usage, pornography, or work, having an addiction can feel like being trapped. I help clients face themselves and their addiction by providing tools and support to manage life without their drug of choice. I also help client look at the roots of their addiction and empower clients to make changes in their life to find freedom. Here are a few areas in addictions that I specialize in:

  • Pornography usage
  • Internet and video game abuse
  • Workaholism

If addictive behavior is an issue for you, finding freedom can be difficult without help. But you do not have to fight it on your own. With the help of a trained professional, you can be given the tools and support needed to make the changes needed to kick your addiction.

Stress

Living in the Bay Area can be very stressful. Many clients come in feeling overwhelemed with stress due to the high demands of work, the cost of living, and the extremely fast pace living in Silicon Valley. Unmanage stress can cause a variety of health problems such as high blood pressure, and tightness in your body. Living high stress can have long term negative affects on your health, relationships, and self-esteem.

If you struggle with stress, I can help you manage and reduce the stress in your life. I provide clients with practical tools to reduce stress in addition to looking at the underlying causes of stress. I address both external and internal factors that lead to stress. Here are a few areas of stress I help clients tackle:

  • Work Related Stress
  • Family Stress
  •  Life-transition Stress
  • School/academic related stress

Co-Dependency

Do you have trouble saying no to people? Do you find yourself dependent on others for your sense of worth? 

These are signs that indicate that you struggle with some form of codependency. Codependency is very hard to accurately define, because there are so many variations and definitions out there. However, at the core, I define codependency as fundamentally having a pattern of dysfunctional relationships with others and with yourself. Here are some signs that you may have a codependent relationship:

  • Difficulty saying no to others 
  • Doing actions for others that goes against your well-being or values
  • Consistently avoiding conflict
  •  Avoiding intimacy with others especially safe individuals
  • Feeling the need to always control others
  • Demanding and expecting perfection in others and yourself
 If you find yourself in a codependent relationship, there is hope. I help clients by helping them establish ways to relate healthily to other individuals. I teach my clients how to set appropriate boundaries, and develop assertive communication skills to help get their needs met. Lastly, I help clients gain understanding about themselves by looking at the causes of codependent behavior. By understanding yourself and learning new ways to relate to others and yourself, you can learn to overcome codependency. My hope is for clients to have meaningful and healthy relationships with others and themselves. 

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