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We are the ones we have been waiting for . – June Jordan
We have many types of relationships with people- family, friends, intimate partners, and colleagues. Each relationship provides us with something different. Any relationship can bring about turmoil. And every relationship takes work to be successful. Many of us aren’t taught how to cultivate the relationships we want (or that this is even an option). It seems as though we just find ourselves in patterns and don’t know how we got there or how to change them.
Relationship challenges manifest in many different ways. Sometimes there’s more tension between us and a loved one than there used to be and being together doesn’t feel as natural as it used to. Sometimes we find that arguing (often about repetitive issues) has become one of our primary modes of communication. And sometimes we just don’t feel as connected as we’d like to be. Our struggles don’t have to last forever; we can shift our patterns.
I work with people who experience symptoms of anxiety and depression, those who suffer from addiction and its effects, people who notice chronic negative relationship patterns that need to change, and those who experience a lack of fulfillment in some aspect of their lives. I help my clients find out why they are engaging in certain patterns and give them helpful strategies to abate maladaptive patterns to achieve and maintain the lives they want. Often, we aren’t dealing with a mental illness or something pathological; we’re experiencing the pain that accompanies being human. Together, we work through it and understand where it’s coming from so that it can be used for growth.
I provide my clients with EMDR Therapy when indicated. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy is a psychodynamic protocol used to treat the symptoms of trauma, grief, anxiety, depression, fears and phobias, chronic pain, and more. To find out more about it click here. To review the research and see FAQs, visit this website: www.emdr.com.
Sex and Intimacy:
Help with sex and intimacy is a subject about which many of my clients seek my help. I see people who have a desire to share deep parts of themselves, but experience barriers that keep them from doing so, patterns that seem to allow them only to go so far. I have noticed that many people have a hard time asking for what they want from partners out of fear and shame. Together, we explore issues, address suffering, and find useful strategies to support wholehearted living.
Natalie is a licensed mental-health professional in San Francisco. She also serves Berkeley, Oakland, and the Peninsula.
870 Market St., Ste. 1055
San Francisco, Ca. 94102.
(Accessible by BART and Muni)