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The Blog: Mental Notes
Interested in reading more about mental health topics? I started this blog to provide information that's easily accessible to all. By learning and talking about mental health topics we reduce stigma and normalize mental health topics.
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Welcome, I'm Glad You're Here
It can be difficult reaching out for support, and you might be wondering exactly what I do and if I can help. So let me share a bit about myself and what you can expect if we work together. Then, if you’d like to reach out to schedule a complimentary consultation or an initial session, my contact information can be found below.
As a therapist, I work to create a space where you can talk freely without judgement while feeling supported and accepted. I consider therapy a time to heal, explore, and grow. My training and experience allows me to use tools from CBT, depth psychology, and mindfulness. I’m a Beck CBT Certified Clinician and I appreciate CBT for its effectiveness proven in various studies. It’s especially useful in treating anxiety, OCD, and depression. I take tools from CBT as needed and incorporate them into therapy.
It’s important to me that clients have a voice in their treatment. Some clients might prefer to use CBT primarily. Others might prefer to use some tools, and others none at all. I also incorporate depth psychology and mindfulness tools. So if you're looking to explore your shadow or have a space to process freely and explore how mindfulness practices might be useful in your everyday life, we can work together to achieve those goals.
I would also highlight that it’s important to me as a therapist that the goals we set are goals we work towards and achieve. So whether you’re looking to reduce anxiety with CBT, increase feelings of wellbeing while lowering depression symptoms with mindfulness, reduce your OCD symptoms through ERP, or process who you are without your eating disorder, I’m a therapist who likes to check in about goals and adapt when/if necessary. Being flexible and problem solving are a part of my therapeutic process as well.
If you’d like to talk more about how we might work together, please reach out. I would be glad to set up a complimentary consultation or set up an initial session. My practice is 100% telehealth (video or phone sessions) and open to those in California and Florida. I look forward to hearing from you.
And Our Behaviors
Are All Interconnected.
- Michelle Pearce
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Illustration
Cognitive Behavioral therapy, also known as CBT, focuses on the present and present examples of issues the client is having. We examine these examples in session so we can practice the skills that the client will use outside of session. Then the client reports back on how it goes and we adjust. Some buzzwords in CBT are core beliefs (an overall belief the client holds about themselves, such as "I'm unloveable"), automatic thoughts (these are the negative thoughts the client frequently thinks that supports the core belief of "I'm unloveable"), cognitive reframing (working to change the thoughts), and cognitive restructuring (working to change the overall belief system). It's well researched and collaborative. The ultimate goal is for the client to learn all the skills and be able to be their own therapist.
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About Your Marriage and Family Therapist:
I graduated with my Masters in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles, with a specialization in Spiritual and Depth Psychology. While at Antioch, I studied Tibetan Buddhism in France, exploring its applications to the therapeutic process, and also in San Paulo, Brazil studying the connection between spirituality and medicine. I have since continued in both of these areas of study. I am also a Beck Institute CBT Certified Clinician and trained in EMDR. I bring what I learned and incorporate elements as needed into the therapeutic process, with the goal of creating a unique approach based on what the client needs. I have previously worked in community mental health care providing individual and couples therapy. I have also worked in various treatment center settings.
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REACHING OUT IS THE FIRST STEP.
Q: Do you take insurance?
A: We can provide a super bill, but we do not take insurance. We would be considered an out of network provider.
Q: Do you offer consultations?
A: Yes! I offer complimentary 15 minute consultations.
How To Prepare For Online Therapy?
Go to a quiet area where you won't be disturbed or heard
If you're having your online session at home and you live with others let them know not to use the WiFi so your connection isn't slowed.
Ensure that the device you are using has a working camera and microphone.
Tips: If you live with others or just want to improve sound quality using headphones during your session will improve both sound and privacy. You can also turn on music or a fan outside of your room to improve privacy as well.
Also remember that although it's online therapy you have to physically be in California or Florida during each counseling session.
How Does Online Therapy Work?
Our online therapy sessions can take place in anywhere within the state of California or Florida. Everything is done online and you can have your session at home or any other quiet place you chose that offers you the privacy you need.
Your therapy journey can start right from home. For some this maybe necessary for their condition such as agoraphobia. Even if you don't a condition where you feel you have to stay at home, many of us feel comfortable in our own space. It brings a level of privacy that in person sessions, inside of an office just doesn't do.
Convenient Mental Health Care
Everyone can benefit from Telehealth or online therapy. Whether you want to cut down on commuting expenses, or you just feel more comfortable at home. Whatever your reasoning is Teletherapy is a great and effective option for everyone.
When it comes to mental health and the care you provide for your mind, it all comes down to your self awareness. Being aware of any negative feelings and thoughts, being aware of any emotional pain you maybe experiences, or your needs for self care in general, awareness is the first step.
Why You Can Benefit From Mental Health Support?
Everyone has there reasoning for seeing a therapist. It could be the challenges of trying to move on after the lost of a loved one, perhaps you feel the weight of the world heavily on your shoulders, you or your family has some unresolved tension, or perhaps you feel lonely and no one, not even friends and family understand what you are going through. Having a therapist to talk to can significantly enhance your life and your mindset moving forward.
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