Licensed Clinical Social Worker #66376
Angela uses the attachment-based process of Emotionally Focused Therapy to move couples from pain, stagnation and fighting to deeper connection, understanding and lasting love.
Angela looks at your whole relationship through the integrated approach of assessing sex and intimacy issues along with emotional and behavioral interpersonal patterns. In our sessions you will come to feel comfortable sharing some of the more difficult and private aspects of your relationship with Angela.
Together we will use this trust as a catalyst for creating significant change events in how you process, communicate and develop lasting love in your relationship.
I have a passion for working with couples who are in turmoil and feel stuck in their negative cycle. You might fall into this category if you and your partner often scream and yell at each other and nothing ever changes or gets solved. Maybe you feel hopeless that anything will ever change but you still want to stay with your partner and underneath it all you care for them.
What do your fantasies say about your erotic mind? How is Eros present in your every intimate desire and interaction?
Our sexual desires are not just ways we play with our partners, but they are also ways that we heal old wounds and mend past injuries.
I provide a healing and intimate space for couples to process affairs. An affair can feel like the end of the world and you or your partners heart may be breaking. Together, we can move through this difficult process and heal. If you have recently found out about an affair or you are ready to come forward about having an affair, therapy can provide a safe place to bring healthy conversations back into your relationship.
Desire and excitement are essential components to creating and maintaining a long term romantic relationship. Yet all to often sex is the first thing to go when our lives become stressed or our relationship is having problems. Sometimes our sex lives become so dire that we feel like that part of us has died. I believe that sex and intimacy is critical to our own health along with our relationship health. Together we will find the right kindle to ignite your relationship’s intimate fire.
Emotionally Focused Therapy is an attachment-based process that allows space for deep communication and relational process change that actually sticks. Communication is more than, “I feel_____, when you_____” statements. It’s connecting to our internal experience and sharing that with our partner in a compassionate and clear way.
What is the difference between a LCSW, MFT, Psychologist and Psychiatrist?
Psychiatrists are medical doctors and can prescribe medication. Psychologists focus on mental and emotional health but don’t prescribe medication. They have advanced doctoral degrees and intensive clinical training.
LCSW’s and MFT’s are mental health practitioners, hold Masters level degrees and both require roughly the same amount of direct clinical practice hours in order to be licensed by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences to provide direct psychotherapy in a private practice setting. While both licenses perform similar work functions, their different underlying philosophical approaches differentiate them. Social Workers tend to take a person-in-environment model whereas MFT’s generally take a relational model.
What might be more helpful in determining which degree (Masters or Doctors) is right for you, would be to look at your reasons for coming to therapy and then research the modality or approach that is most effective for your needs. For example, if you are a couple coming in for therapy, an attachment and process oriented modality would be fitting. However, a CBT or DBT modality would not. All therapist, be they psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers or marriage and family therapists will have a specialization in their practice.
It’s important to learn about and talk to the therapist you think would be right for you. Personal connection is the leading attribute of effective therapy. So call around, e-mail, and ask questions.