Self care is important for professional service providers such as therapists, counselors and social workers to take time to look at themselves and reflect.  I can provide support and the validation you need to continue to work well at helping others in the field of counseling.  I can also provide supportive services to discuss career goals and strategies to help develop as a therapist.  Take…Read More

  2. Cutting Through the Stigma

    Going to see a therapist has long been stigmatized in our culture. Over and over again those who go to a therapist are portrayed as “crazies”. They go every week and have dark thoughts or are extreme germaphobes, but that just isn’t the case. Some clients do have the more major needs that a weekly session benefits but the majority have smaller problems that are much easier to deal with in th…Read More

  3. How To Help Someone Who Is Suffering From Depression

    When a family member or friend suffers from depression, your support and encouragement can play an important role in his or her recovery. However, depression can also wear you down if you neglect your own needs. Today, as your trusted Simi Valley counselors, we're giving you a few guidelines that can help you support a depressed person while maintaining your own emotional equilibrium. One of the …Read More

  4. 5 Ways to Help Coping With Trauma

    Traumatic stress occurs as a result of traumatic events in your life or the lives of others. It can result from war, an accident, or even a natural disaster. Symptoms of trauma can be crippling and difficult to overcome. Your sense of security has been shattered leaving you feeling helpless and vulnerable. How can you begin coping with trauma? Should you try to deal with it on your own? See…Read More

  5. Learn how to say NO… So you can say YES

    Learning how to say no is important. Some people are able to handle many demands on their time with ease. That doesn't mean you are one of those people. We all have our own threshold for stress and handle things differently. In order to avoid becoming overburdened and resentful, learn how to say no. Accept Your Time Limits Realize you only have so much time. Even if you multi-task, there's a p…Read More

  6. I am Tired of Being Hurt. How do I Move Past it?

    No one wants to be hurt. Does it seem like it's always happening to you? Are you now afraid to take chances? How can you get over your fear and move on? Although life is full of disappointments, positive opportunities await. You have more control than you think. Altering your perceptions can help you break negative cycles and attract positive energy and people into your life. Accept other…Read More

  7. Trying to Lose Weight? How Your Therapist Can Provide Support

    Are you on a diet roller coaster and you're never able to get off? Have you been trying to lose weight, but after losing it soon find yourself adding the pounds back on? Chances are you're suffering from emotional eating problems. Emotional Eating Emotional eating happens when you eat in response to feelings instead of hunger. According to Medicinenet.com, "experts estimate that 75 percent …Read More

  8. Top 10 Signs That You Are In An Unhealthy Relationship

    The stress of modern life puts a strain on our relationships. Although you may know this, you may not be able to tell the difference between normal strain and when things just aren't working in your own relationship. You may think the signs of strain are because of your job, living situation, or other family members. Here are the top 10 signs that you are in an unhealthy relationship: …Read More

  9. Self Care and Anger Management: How They are Related

    What do you think of when you think of anger management? Someone who has a problem with his or her temper and needs to manage it – for other people? That's accurate, but it's not the whole story. If you've got a problem with anger, you have to learn how to manage it for your own benefit. Anger can be a Positive Emotion in the Short Term Not all anger is bad. It can be a healthy if temporary resp…Read More

  10. Codependency and How it Effects Your Self Esteem

    Codependency is a term which most people use casually, without realizing how serious and debilitating it can be. But codependency is much more harmful and prevalent than people realize, affecting the majority of Americans in a way that eats away at their quality of life. It can turn them into self-loathing control freaks who have little chance of ever achieving emotional intimacy. Sounds pretty ug…Read More