ANA'S APPROACH 

An East meet West approach to healing the modern mind....

I believe that a profound desire lies within each of us to thrive and live to our highest potential. I view therapy as a collaborative journey which encourages self-awareness and self-acceptance through the process of being present.  Psychotherapy offers an opportunity to expand our understanding of ourselves within a relationship based on curiosity and trust. This unique connection to another person can provide insight to some of the complex issues and patterns that arise in relationship to others and with the self.

Oftentimes finding what is buried beneath the layers of self-protection and defenses – what is out of consciousness – is the most difficult task of all. As we develop from infancy to childhood to adulthood, we organize our experiences by applying meaning to them, to the world, and to ourselves. Sometimes, this results in getting stuck in emotional, behavioral, and neural patterns that do not serve us. 

I help people bring compassionate attention to the various dimensions of their human experience, may it be boundless joy or deep sadness.  It is in this creative exploration that we become more in tune with our inner and outer world, and are better able to navigate through struggle and uncertainty.

The needs that you bring to our relationship inform my work as a therapist, and I believe collaboration is key to a positive therapeutic experience. My approach is inclusive of the diverse aspects of each person, and is rooted in Integral Psychology; bringing together mind, body, and spirit. My work is highly informed by: Yoga and Buddhist philosophies, humanistic psychology, attachment theory, depth psychology, and mindfulness practicesI bridge Eastern philosophies and practices with psychotherapy to help heal mind and body and increase overall well-being. In our work, I will help you identify limiting thought patterns and behaviors, guiding you toward greater understanding, authenticity, and fulfillment.  

Issues I have helped clients work through:

  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Addiction
  • Divorce/Separation/Re-Marriage
  • Postpartum Depression (PPD)
  • Parenting, Co-Parenting,  Single Parent
  • Adoption/Foster Care
  • Trauma or Sexual Abuse
  • Grief/Loss
  • Life Transitions
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Feeling "stuck"
  • Chronic Stress
  • Inner Critic/Perfectionism/"Not good enough"
  • Relationship & Intimacy
  • Gender/Sexual Identity/LGBTQ
  • Food & Disordered Eating
  • Substance Abuse/Addiction
  • Spirituality
  • Creative/Professional Blocks, Career Change

 *Services provided in English and Spanish