STRENGTH-BASED DEPTH THERAPY
FOR ADULT INDIVIDUALS
You're a creative, curious, and compassionate person who's struggling to apply those strengths to yourself.
A successful high-achiever who still doesn't feel fulfilled.
Perfectionist, people-pleaser, "imposter," any or all of the above, you're burnt out.
Feeling small, exhausted, and disconnected from your authentic self, you're tired of putting others first without knowing how to prioritize yourself.
I'm Vanessa, a licensed therapist in California.
I've been there, and I can help.
DISCOVER YOURSELF AS YOU ARE
AND AS YOU WANT TO BECOME
In need of a nurturing space to explore themes of overwhelm, stress, perfectionism, identity, compulsive eating, relational struggles, loss of passion, or a frustrating creative block?
An adult who has recently been diagnosed with ADHD needing to process anger, overwhelm, relief, shame, rejection sensitivity, and grief for the life you lived without understanding yourself this way?
A military Veteran who confronted so much uncertainty, rigidity, or violence that your soul needs a revival as you reintegrate into civilian life?
Seeking to understand yourself more deeply and make meaning of experiences that have impacted you in life?
Beginning therapy is something you've thought about but who has the time? Or the money? Or the energy?
I hear you.
And it sounds like it's time you invested some of what you give to others back into yourself.
INVESTMENT ON YOURSELF
Therapy can make us feel vulnerable, which is scary (and feels a little gross!).
I know it's hard to get started, especially if you:
Experience anxiety when trying something new
Feel awkward around new people
Lack motivation to reach out
Don't want to end up with just another person in your life to please
Aren't sure if you're worthy of help
Struggle with your sense of belonging, or
Fear that I'm going to judge you and tell you what to do.
The irony is that therapy can help you with those feelings and the wounds and core beliefs they stem from.
The most spirited and lovely things in life - intimate relationships, faith, art, ecstasy - require some degree of revealing ourselves. Healing is no different. Plus, I'm here to help.
A SAFE SPACE TO
I know how important it is for therapy to feel safe for you. That's why I foster the therapeutic relationship with openness, tender humor, empathy, and curiosity.
That safe container is more important to your growth than a long list of clinical modalities written in psychobabble (though I have that, too!).
My strength-based approach to therapy postures you as the expert on your experiences, already internally resourced for the life you want.
I serve as a guide by inviting you to know yourself more deeply while addressing the barriers that keep you from identifying or accessing those resources.
If you're interested in pursuing therapy, explore the FAQ and email me to discuss.
If you want to learn more first, take a look around and see what resonates
(and maybe even what resists...).
THERAPY AS A GUIDE
INDIVIDUAL ONLINE PSYCHOTHERAPY
Offering online video psychotherapy for adults in California who are struggling with:
or who are seeking to:
Make meaning of inner life and emotional experiences
Process deep relational wounding
Identify feminine and masculine archetypes in themselves
Discover (or re-discover) passion and creativity
FIND PEACE AND SOFTNESS WITHIN
BY REVIVING THE ARCHETYPAL FEMININE
AN INTRO TO THE HUNGRY FEMININE
Feminine and masculine archetypes are a part of every human, and only relate to gender insofar as how we base social expectations on sex assigned at birth. In an archetypal sense, any gender can have a more dominant feminine or masculine, but when the two aren't in moderate balance, suffering may occur.
We can see this at systemic and societal levels in Western cultures, where masculine qualities such as acquisition, authority, competition, aggression, structure, material, and action are rewarded, and feminine qualities such as empathy, imagination, community, creativity, nature, vulnerability, and stillness are dismissed as weak or a waste of time. This collective rejection unconsciously reinforces individual rejection of our most intimate feminine qualities as assimilating to a masculine-dominated culture becomes necessary for survival.
The feminine supports the parts of ourselves that tend to our emotional, relational, and spiritual wellbeing, historically overlooked components of our health.
The Hungry Feminine seeks to revive those qualities and repair what's been damaged in its long-standing repression, not to the extermination of the masculine but in collaboration with it, so that we may become whole again.
My therapy practice is implicitly grounded in the feminine, integrating masculine tools when useful. This may look like a compassionate space for you to come as you are, express your emotions, explore how they live in your body, invite in unconscious material, apply curiosity to dreams, myth, and art, and utilize grounding techniques or thought-modification tools to make safe the exploration of the unknown.
Learn more about feminine and masculine.
Being a professional in our ever-changing times has its unique challenges. Having a place that's your own to process your experiences, increase emotion regulation skills, strengthen EQ, improve communication skills, and express your overwhelm can dispel some of the stress you carry with you every day.
If you're a professional in the following fields, consider the benefit therapy can have on your day-to-day life, at work and at home.