I work with adults, youth, and couples, and my method is suited to both short-term and long-term treatment.
I consider myself an advocate for each of my clients in their unique search for more ease and emotional health in their lives, and I also seek to foster each individual’s ability to advocate for themselves. My work is essentially mindfulness-based, integrating dialectical-behavioral therapy (DBT), cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and psychodynamic modalities.
Mindfulness-based therapy adapts Eastern and Buddhist meditation traditions for use in a Western psychological and stress reduction framework. DBT takes a direct approach to emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness by teaching and practicing concrete skills for use both in therapy sessions and in the midst of real-life challenges.
CBT is geared to identifying patterns of problematic or incongruent thinking and behaviors in a way that promotes positive change in those patterns. Psychodynamic therapy is a broad term for “talk therapy” that takes both present-day concerns and past history into account, allowing the individual to emerge at their own pace.
This combination of modalities equips me with the techniques and tools to address the unique needs of each client, couple, or adolescent.
I specialize in work with couples, whether married, in relationship, straight or gay, cohabiting or living separately. I truly believe that psychological services would be vastly improved by making an effort to understand and embrace spirituality, faith and religion. Transpersonal psychology is concerned with the personal and interpersonal dimensions of living.
Transpersonal psychology includes the many different ways people experience belief in the origin of the world.
If clients can truly say ‘yes’ to the encounter, & accept exactly what they are experiencing in that moment, then they will be back in control. Laura Johnson, LMFT, LPCC, Center Director, attended a two-day workshop on Radically-Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT) led by its founder, Thomas Lynch, PhD, Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Southampton, UK.
On the other hand, individuals who develop a excessively overcontrolled style may have a need to appear perfect (planning ahead, being right, stressing orderliness and structure), follow rules (always doing the right thing, being prepared, smiling even when unhappy) and have high pain tolerance (able to work really hard and delay or minimize joy and fun). The goal in RO-DBT is to help individuals develop optimal control that is neither over- or under-controlled. Radical Openness Skills Module is a completely new skills module where you will learn to change your physiology, engage in new behaviors, learn from constructive feedback, validation skills, build compassion and forgiveness, stimulate positive emotions toward yourself and social connectedness with others through loving kindness meditation,verbal and non-verbal skills to signal openness and friendliness, and communication of emotions to increase social connection and reduce social isolation and loneliness. The Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Silicon Valley specializes in helping individuals change unhelpful thinking and coping styles and build flexibility, openness and social connection.
Did you know that by practicing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness, you can create new circuits in your brain?
We’ve known for a while that CBT and mindfulness work for many problems especially stress, anxiety and depression. If you have social anxiety, you know that some key problems include negative thinking about yourself, doubt about whether others like or respect you and whether you fit in, and excessive worry and anxiety before, during and after social situations. CBT helps you learn more flexible and accurate thinking as well as effective behaviors and coping skills. Mood-dependent behavior is when you act on a feeling or an urge without pausing to consider the consequences or whether the behavior is appropriate to the situation. When you are engaging in a mood-dependent behavior, you are acting on your underlying emotional state.
Mindful, strategic behaviors involve increasing awareness of your emotional state in the present moment and responding to situations more deliberately.
While this type of problem-solving may seem self-evident, consider how easy it is to slip into the habit of engaging in mood-dependent behavior instead of mindful behavior. Careful, thoughtful consideration given to future consequences and the effects on other people.


When you take a moment to reflect on how you typically respond to your emotional states in the moment, do you notice that you have a tendency to gravitate toward mood-dependent or mindful behaviors more often?
A great way to learn Mindfulness in as little as 10 minutes a day is through the Headpsace mindfulness program. My goal is to empower you to recognize and build on your internal strengths, change old thinking patterns and behaviors, and encourage new growth towards wholeness, confidence, joy, and vitality. Based on those unique needs, we balance strategic problem solving and skills-based work with intuitive and more open-ended exploration. While I bring knowledge, experience, and intuition, I believe each client holds the key to his or her own most congruent self, and healing, recovery, and growth are the results of pooling these resources for the task at hand. Whether those goals are to address a single, specific problem area, or to get help addressing more pervasive difficulties, we will gear our work accordingly.
My integrative, mindfulness-based approach lends itself to couples work because of its flexibility, balancing exploration with concrete skills work. I have worked extensively with teens and young adults in both private practice and school settings, with a broad array of concerns encompassing the typical challenges of development as well as challenges compounded by social, family, learning, or mood-related issues. These treatment approaches can either supplement attendance of the DBT skills training groups offered by Mindfulness Therapy Associates, or can be utilized independently. If you are interested in exploring the possibility of treatment, or for more information regarding fees or insurance, please contact me at 415-835-2185 or *protected email* Thank you for your interest!
In an effort to reflect more of the spiritual significance, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual IV now includes evidence and discussion on, ‘concerns with the soul and spirituality’, which helps to legitimize the influence of spirituality.
Through study, it seeks to find the highest potential of an individual and help him or her to recognize, understand and unite their spiritual, cultural, social, emotional, personal and interpersonal dimensions. You take actions to manipulate the symptoms while simultaneously permitting the symptoms to exist. Call (408) 384-8404 or Click to send an email for more information on how we can help you or your family members overcome your anxiety-related disorders. RO-DBT is an evidence-based approach to help individuals become more flexible in their thinking and responding, more open to life experiences that create joy and happiness, and build intimacy and social connections. With our convenient location just a half mile from Highway 85 and the Saratoga Avenue exit, we serve the Silicon Valley communities of San Jose, Saratoga, Mountain View, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Los Gatos, Los Altos, Cupertino and Campbell, CA.
New research is emerging from Stanford University and elsewhere indicating that CBT and mindfulness are effective for social anxiety.
CBT does not discount the negative but helps you put it into perspective and see what information you might be missing that could help you develop more helpful thoughts and beliefs. Often, mood-dependent behaviors will feel automatic and like they happen too quickly for you to have a choice. For example, if you feel depressed, you do not get out of bed or you cancel plans with friends. Instead, you can learn to practice mindful, strategic behaviors that will help you with managing your emotions and directing your actions toward meaningful goals.
This means taking the time to pause and ask yourself if how you are about to respond in the moment is going to really get you what you want.
Quite often, an intense emotional state makes it seem difficult, or even “impossible,” to mindfully choose alternate (mindful) behaviors. Take the time to consider the consequences that various courses of action have on your well-being, relationships, and pursuit of your goals.
In this way, specific goals can be addressed and life narratives can be revisited, processed, and enriched.
We will think reflectively about couple challenges and conflicts taking place outside of therapy, as well as address in-the-moment tension or discord as it takes place in session. Transpersonal psychology creates a framework within which people seek to understand, interpret and make sense of themselves, their lives and daily experiences.


RO-DBT can be particularly helpful for individuals with inflexible, rigid personality styles who are susceptible to certain types of anxiety disorders, depression, OCD, perfectionism, anorexia and autism. We also have a CBT Online Video Therapy Program for clients in California who live to far away to drive for our specialized therapy in person. We experience a social or interpersonal situation that activates negative beliefs and assumptions about ourselves or others.
Mindfulness can complement CBT by increasing your ability to direct your attention to more productive thoughts and activities and reduce anticipatory anxiety and obsessive rumination. Mood-dependent behaviors may seem out of your control and difficult to change because of the powerful underlying emotions and negative thoughts driving them.
If you have a craving for ice cream, you eat a pint for dinner, even though you are trying to lose weight. Is what you are about to do going to move you in the direction of your valued-based goals and dreams, or is it a mood-dependent response that may be counterproductive to your most cherished goals? While it may feel this way in the moment, it is possible to choose mindful behavioral responses over mood-dependent ones. If you believe that you may benefit from using mindfulness and emotion regulation coping skills, make a commitment to yourself that you will begin to integrate these practices into your daily life.
In addition, they learn to identify and interpret their view of the world and represent it in narrative, symbols, rituals, sacraments and gatherings. But the stance of ‘I don’t want this to be happening’ gives Anxiety the upper hand, because the mind & body will move into battle mode.
RO-DBT includes many of the skills taught in traditional DBT but also teaches an entirely new set of skills to increase flexibility and reduce rigidity. You may desire to exceed expectations and perform well, value rules and fairness, delay gratification to achieve goals, and have a high sense of duty, obligation and self-sacrifice. Contact us at (408) 384-8404 for more information on how we can help you manage you become more flexible, open and joyful. Once triggered, we feel anxious because of the negative meaning we’ve given to the situation. Even though I didn’t have a lot of friends in high school, I did have a few close friends who may end up going. If you are irritable, you snap at your kids for no real reason or you nit pic your partner until it turns into a full-blown argument.
The trick is choosing to practice emotional regulation strategies and mindfulness practices with greater frequency, so that it becomes more natural to approach your mood states more deliberately.
If we teach them permissive skills, like brief relaxation or mindfulness, they are more likely to say, ‘Let me take a mindful stance in this situation. But if I stay anxious, that’s OK with me, too.’We attempt to modify the symptoms without becoming attached to the need to accomplish the task. In the moment, however, you acted on your emotions without thinking because it would have been too uncomfortable to pause and practice tolerating the discomfort of a craving or being present with a negative emotions.
This is a critical juncture in the work, & the therapist must track closely the client’s expected move of, ‘I’m going to apply these relaxation skills because I need to relax in this situation.’ No! You might predict, “I will end up standing in a corner by myself and no one will talk to me. Instead, you chose an action that can instantly bring some relief to your emotion, such as distracting from the emotion or giving in to it.
While it is fine to relax in an anxiety-provoking situation, it is not OK to insist that you relax.



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