Licensed Clinical Social Worker #66376
Anew~Therapy specializes in relational and interpersonal counseling. 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.
Whether you are looking for individual or couples counseling, I understand that your relationship, your child, and your wellbeing are worth the investment of the care, compassion, and change found through psychotherapy.
Mindfulness is the act of noticing how you are responding emotionally and physiologically to any given circumstance. Mindfulness allows us to go inward and ride our core emotions like waves.
Transformation happens when we undergo a metamorphosis in change. But shedding our skin doesn’t happen over night. It requires knowing the self, understanding your limitations, healing your wounds, radical self acceptance, vision and goals.
Our core self can only emerge once we have attained safety, security, and acceptance in our intimate relationship. Our core self is energetic, creative and confident. By fostering secure attachments with our loved ones we are able to attune to our true selves.
Our sexuality is as intrinsic to our human nature as breathing and eating. Yet, our desires and creative sexual selves become stymied as we respond to the pressures of daily life and become blocked with stigma and fear. Sexuality is connecting at it’s truest form. In intimacy we find access to our truest selves and our deepest love.
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.