Santa Monica Emotion Focused Therapy

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Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT): AEDP and ISTDP

Emotions are messy, contradictory… and true. –Nigella Lawson

Many people express a sense of knowing what they want to do but not feeling capable of carrying it out. This is often a result of unconscious anxiety and defenses, which create a barrier between what we know intellectually and what we feel experientially. My primary theoretical orientation is a research-based, emotionally focused therapy with my primary area of study and practice being AEDP: Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy.

Based on early experiences in life, we often learn that certain emotions are "bad" or off-limits. When these taboo feelings are activated, they may trigger conscious and unconscious anxiety, causing us to become disconnected and split off from parts of ourselves. Using Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) we can monitor and regulate anxiety, in order to gain greater access to our true selves and the healing properties of being deeply, authentically connected.

The focus of EFT is bridging the disconnect between the intellect and the intuition through the deep experiencing of long-suppressed emotions such as anger, joy and grief. Using these principles, we can together identify and break down unconscious defenses and anxiety, allowing you to become free of the harmful, self-protective strategies that cause feelings of isolation, numbness or confusion and contribute to the development of unhealthy relationships that fail to meet your true needs.

This powerful approach can restore your capacity to experience joy and intimacy in relationships and can transform a sense of helplessness into a state of strength, mastery and vitality.

Therapy Specializations

Learn more about how I can help you navigate these transitions and trust yourself by visiting the Home and About Therapy pages.

You can learn more about my philosophy and approach to treatment by clicking

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at 310-896-5568.

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