"When the other person is hurting, confused, troubled, anxious, alienated, terrified; or when he or she is doubtful of self-worth, uncertain as to identity, then understanding is called for. The gentle and sensitive companionship of an empathic stance… provides illumination and healing. In such situations deep understanding is, I believe, the most precious gift one can give to another." Carl Rogers"
Individual therapy is a process through which clients work one-on-one with a licensed trained therapist in a safe, caring, and confidential environment. We are here to help client explore their feelings, beliefs, or behaviors and work through challenging or influential memories. Together we identify aspects of your lives that you would like to change and better understand, set personal goals, and work toward desired change.
There are a number of reasons people seek therapy from coping with major life challenges or childhood trauma, to dealing with depression or anxiety, or to simply desiring personal growth and greater self-knowledge. A client and therapist may work together for as few as five or six sessions or as long as several years, depending on the client’s unique needs and personal goals for therapy.
Common issues individuals struggle with include but are not limited to anxiety and depression, stress reduction, co dependency, low self esteem, relationship problems, career and life transitions, addiction and recovery, grief, loss and trauma, work and career shifts, women’s health issues.
We provide counseling service for couples who are having difficulties or considering divorce or separation. We also work with those who are considering marriage or partnership and wish to learn more about each other in a safe and confidential setting.
Working with a therapist, couples are able to explore how their individual backgrounds, beliefs, thoughts, and behaviors that can influence their relationship in both positive and negative ways. We will assist the couple in addressing any immediate problems, as well as offer strategies for protecting and enhancing the long-term health and happiness of their relationship. By learning how to communicate your feelings, and understanding exactly how your behavioral dynamics inform your habitual responses to each other, you can deepen and strengthen your connection from a more open, compassionate and non defensive place.
Common issues for treatment with couples often include communication and co-dependency issues, intimacy and sexual issues, betrayal and infidelity, money, power differentials and career changes, parenting conflicts, premarital counseling, fertility, pregnancy and post -partum, separation and divorce, complex trauma, conflicts with relatives and extended family, mental and physical health issues, and caretaking fatigue.
Kids & teens
It is essential to give children, adolescents and young adults the emotional skills necessary to navigate through life’s difficult challenges in this rapidly changing world. They need an open and secure relationship with a neutral party in order to give them the confidence to handle joy and sorrow without turning to negative and destructive thoughts or behaviors.
By starting young and helping children and adolescents create a better understanding of themselves (mind, body and spirit) they are given the tools for success in all areas of their lives. If children are taught resiliency, emotional intelligence, and self-regulation appropriate to their developmental stage, they are able to move through this period with less anxiety and more self-confidence. These skills are necessary for a happy and successful life and help children realize their potential throughout their lifetime.
Common issues treating kids and teens are anxiety, depression, bullying, body dysmorphia, gender confusion, difficulties with parents/divorce, academic/social challenges, parental and sibling conflicts, difficulty sleeping and lack of self-esteem and confidence.
In our family work, we take into account the emotional, social and physical development of each family member. Different stages bring with them different challenges. Our work encompasses a wide range of difficulties that children and families face over time. We use a family systems approach to identify communication styles that are creating conflict and and disharmony in the home. Depending on the number of family members, we offer sessions that are co-facilitated by our team to make sure everyone has an ally and everyone feels supported in the process.
Common problems include struggles with depression and anxiety, sibling and peer relationships, school issues, discipline problems, risky behaviors, and parenting challenges. We also address the specific needs of single, divorced and separated parents and their children, as well as by step families and non-traditional families.
Group therapy is a unique and transformative process of interactive discussions, learning, practicing new behaviors and process in a safe and nurturing environment. This process helps with interpersonal learning through interacting with others and receiving feedback in a supportive environment. Group Therapy provides universality through experiencing and witnessing others going through the similar if not the same struggles in life. Participants improve the ability to recognize themselves better, communicate more effectively and increase the ability to self reflect.
If you would like more information or to be part of the Yale Street Women’s Process Group, please contact Ashley at 310.210.1155 or Email.
Mindfulness is the awareness that emerges through paying attention to what is happening in the moment, without getting caught up in thoughts about the past, worries about the future, and without judgment. Mindfulness encourages self-awareness of body sensations, emotions and thoughts, which help a person to respond rather than react in difficult life situations.
Mindfulness can be practiced in a formal way and in an informal way. When we practice formally we sit and meditate. Informal mindfulness practices can be weaved throughout your day. Whether it’s while driving and doing Thich Nhat Hahn’s “Red Light Meditation” where you take a breath at every red light or while washing your dishes or brushing your teeth with presence, you can bring present moment awareness to so many aspects of your life. By doing these practices regularly you can lower anxiety and depression, decreases stress, improve resiliency and lower blood pressure and even increase your life satisfaction.
If you would like more information on how to do these practices individually for yourself or your children or as a family, we can help you. For more information about our Mindfulness & Meditation experts, upcoming Mindfulness for Families classes, if you would like more information about Evenflow Meditation app or of you have questions, please contact us.