Sometimes We Just Feel Lost

Sometimes life can just feel too difficult.

It can feel like you are floating and

need direction. I can help.

You May Be Feeling Trapped

Family dynamics can feel out of control.

I understand that you need support. There is a

way of the pain. We can work through it together.

Anxiety And Depression Can Take Over

Life’s challenges can sometimes feel too overwhelming

You may feel scared and like you want to give up.

Let’s work through your pain and help you

develop strategies to cope and heal.

Relationships Can Be Difficult

It can be painful to struggle in your relationship.

The pain can effect your daily life and ability

to experience happiness. Let’s work together

to resolve your conflicts.

Psychotherapy Services

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What is Psychotherapy? 

Psychotherapy is the treatment of depression, anxiety, stress and sometimes more serious problems using a professional technique such as psychoanalysis, behavioral therapy or group therapy. It typically involves talking to a trained therapist, either one-on-one, in a group or with your spouse, partner or children.

During Psychotherapy, you learn to examine your thoughts, feelings and behaviors, to look more closely at your problems, and to deal with negative habits. Effective Psychotherapy can help you to take control of your life, and learn to respond to stressful situations with healthy, adaptive coping skills. My clients emerge from our counseling sessions feeling stronger, more focused and self-confident. This self-awareness gives them the ability to reevaluate their behaviors, form stronger relationships, and relate with their loved ones on a closer, more satisfying level.

Importantly, Psychotherapy also provides a nonjudgmental space to discuss feelings you have about yourself and others, particularly family and those who are close to you. A therapist is sworn to treat all sessions as confidential, meaning you can trust her with information that may be personal or painful to divulge. Through listening and discussion, a Psychotherapist can suggest strategies for managing relationships more effectively, dealing with painful memories, and changing maladaptive behaviors.

There are several types of Psychotherapy, each with its own protocols and procedures. Individual Therapy focuses on one-on-one sessions between a client and a counselor, whereas Couples or Conjoint Therapy involves sessions that include both members of a couple or close relationship. Family Therapy calls for group sessions, with the therapist meeting with several members of a family at one time. Conflict Resolution focuses on specific issues, and helps two or more parties to find a peaceful solution to an existing disagreement, be it emotional, financial or personal.

What To Expect At Your First Visit 

You’re likely to be feeling a little nervous on your first day of therapy; it’s a natural reaction to any new situation. So that you can be more comfortable when the day arrives, here are a few things you can expect.

First off, you’ll be warmly greeted at your arranged appointment time. Initially, Karen will cover any important preliminary matters: you will be advised about issues related to confidentiality, office policies (i.e., policies regarding cancellations and no-shows) and the treatment that Karen uses.

Once the session has begun, as a starting point, Karen will often ask you to address your reason for coming. Depending on the situation, then Karen may ask for more details, hoping to get a better understanding of your concerns. The reason you are seeking counseling is likely emotionally charged. Karen understands this and will find the right pace for you. You and Karen may begin with general reasons for coming until you and she are more familiar with one another.

As with any relationship, it takes time to forge a healthy therapeutic alliance. As time goes by, you will naturally begin to feel more comfortable with Karen. This familiarity will foster trust, and you’ll find it easier to share more details as your progress continues.

Individual Therapy

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Short-term
  • Long-term

Couples/Conjoint Therapy

  • Roles
  • Communication
  • Boundaries
  • Conflict resolution

Mood Disorders

  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • PTSD
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Substance Related Disorder

  • Alcohol
  • prescription drugs
  • marijuana/illicit drugs
  • co-dependency

Process Addictions

  • Sex and love addictions
  • Eating disorders
  • Gambling
  • Computer gaming

Other Related Treatment

  • Trauma
  • Parenting skills/blended families/single parent families
  • Family Therapy
  • Grief/loss
Welcome to my psychotherapy practice.
I'm Karen, a Therapist in Novato, California providing individual therapy, couples counseling, and family therapy.
Please call me at 415-368-3478
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