What is Therapy?

Therapy can be described as a self-exploration with the guidance of a therapist. Your trainer at the gym shows you all the short-cuts and tips for building healthy and attractive body. A therapist helps you create a happier, healthier, more fulfilling, and meaningful life. So anyone can benefit from therapy! I will help you identify, understand, and resolve problematic behaviors, beliefs, feelings, relationship issues, and/or somatic symptoms (bodily sensations).

What can I expect from Therapy?

Sessions generally last 50 min but we can book 2 sessions back to back if we need more time to address complicated issues or for the first two intake sessions. For couples sessions, I usually meet the couple together the first week. Second week, I meet them individually, and third week I resume to treating couple together as one unit.

How long does it take for me/us to feel better?

It depends on various factors, such as, severity of the presenting problems, motivation levels of the client, and rapport between the client and the therapist. Some of my clients have told me, in the past, that they immediately started feeling better even after just a few initial sessions. But generally it could take a few weeks to a few months to achieve the result you want. I recommend clients to continue with the treatment for at least 3-6 months to maximize the results and learn how to maintain them. One thing you have to remember is that you may feel worse after the first couple of sessions if you’ve been avoiding to address the issue and this is your first time talking about it (e.g. trauma). But you will soon start feeling better gradually as you start building strong therapeutic relationship with the therapist, examine and understand the issues, learn coping skills, and finally resolve the presenting problems.

When should I go to Couples Therapy?

  • You or your partner or both have started to withdraw/detach emotionally
  • You don’t know how to communicate with one another.
  • The two of you use 4 horsemen of apocalypse with each other, daily.
  • Your fights often escalate out of control.
  • Your sex life is non-existent.
  • You or your partner is struggling a sexual dysfunctions.
  • You don’t trust each other.
  • You or your partner or both have considered cheating or have cheated.
  • You no longer enjoy/spend your time together.
  • You no longer feel safe to talk about your problems or feelings with your partner
  • You often fight in front of your kids.
  • You read all the relationship books and tried everything else but still feel stuck.
  • Or you and your partner have a pretty amazing relationship and want to learn how to maintain it.

When should I go to Individual Therapy?

  • You’ve noticed changed in your sleep and eating patterns.
  • You have harmful thoughts such as suicide or self-injury.
  • You feel stressed and haven’t been able to cope with it.
  • You have difficulty making decisions.
  • You increasingly find yourself spending time alone and isolating from friends and family.
  • You struggle getting up in the morning and always feel tired.
  • You have intense emotions you can’t control.
  • You are having relationship difficulties.
  • You are no longer interested in activities you previously enjoyed.
  • You have suffered a trauma and either you haven’t been treated or still have PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) symptoms.
  • You’re using a substance to cope with difficult feelings.
  • You have an addiction(s) to alcohol, drugs, porn, sex, gaming, or shopping.
  • You have an eating disorder or you have body image issues.
  • Your family members and friends have told you they’re concerned.
  • Your have recurrent but unexplained somatic symptoms such as, headaches, stomachaches, and muscle-pain.
  • You feel like your immune system has plummeted and find yourself keep getting sick.
  • You are going through existential crisis.
  • You are making big life-decisions.
  • You are grieving for loss of someone, who was close to you.
  • You have difficulty maintaining relationships.
  • You feel stuck in an abusive relationship.
  • You have a chronic health condition.
  • What is your approach?

My practice is psychodynamically informed (attachment based/EFT) and I am trained in several other modalities such as, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness. So I can customize each treatment based on my clients’ needs utilizing any of these modalities.

I am a certified in CBT and Art Therapy, and currently in the process of getting certified in Sex Therapy and EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy).

What is EFT?

Emotionally focused therapy (EFT) is a structured approach to couples therapy formulated in the 1980’s and has developed alongside the science on adult attachment and bonding to expand our understanding about what is happening in couple relationships and to guide therapists. In the last fifteen years, Dr. Johnson and her colleagues have further developed and refined the model and completed numerous studies. EFT is also used with families and individuals. Studies find that 70-75% of couples move from distress to recovery and approximately 90% show significant improvements. EFT is being used with many different kinds of couples in private practice, university training centers and hospital clinics and many different cultural groups throughout the world. These distressed couples include partners suffering from disorders such as depression, post- traumatic stress disorders and chronic illness.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is an ability to observe thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environments without any judgment or attempts to change them. According to recent research, some of the benefits of practicing mindfulness are, reduced rumination, stress reduction, boosts to working memory, better focus, less emotional reactivity, more cognitive flexibility, and increased relationship satisfaction.

Do you offer Online Therapy / Tele-Therapy?

For clients, who reside in California but live too far way from us, difficulty getting out of the house due to disability or chronic pain, or too busy to make it to the in-person sessions, I do offer Online Therapy (Tele-Therapy). We will utilize video conference call to meet virtually at same time every week. Other than the format, the process is pretty much the same to in-person sessions. Read more.

Please contact us if you have any other questions.

3685 Motor Ave #220
Los Angeles, CA 90034
3711 Long Beach Blvd
Long Beach CA 90807

(562) 353-5335

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