Bridget is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Registered Art Therapist, based in Palo Alto, CA. She provides mental health treatment to individuals, groups and families.
Sadness, anxiety and anger are expected in life. When emotions get in the way of being able to succeed in school, at work, and in relationships, outside help is sometimes the only way to regain control. Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, one can learn concrete ways to cope with emotions, reduce their impact, and regain a sense of well-being. I provide individual as well as group treatment in order to promote effective coping, and healthy expression of emotions.
Connecting with others can seem daunting, when it is challenging to understand the behaviors and perspectives of those around you. It can lead to feelings of social anxiety, hopelessness, frustration, as well as intentional isolation. Social behavior is complex and changes every year a child gets older, but there are many parts of social behavior that can be taught. Perspective taking, conversational skills, non-verbal expression, joining in skills, and self-awareness are all concepts that are focused on in group work, and can be worked on individually.
Parenting is hard! Every child is different, and every family is unique, so it is important that parents feel they are being supported to be the kind of parent that feels right to them. I work with parents alone or with the child present, to increase positive communication between family members, decrease behavioral difficulties at home, and foster a positive connection between parents and their child.
GROUPS OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT!
Teen Social Skills
Mondays at 6:00PM
This is an ongoing, co-ed skills building group for teenagers who have trouble making friends and interacting with others. The group helps teens to increase their confidence, decrease social anxiety, and develop improved ways of talking to or interacting with others. In group, members will practice reciprocal conversations, role play challenging social situations, develop perspective taking skills as well as learn anxiety management techniques, all while receiving feedback and support from the clinician.
Teen Emotional Support
Thursdays at 6:30PM
This is an ongoing, co-ed support group for teenagers who struggle with managing their emotions. The group is a place that teens can go to develop better coping skills for their emotions, learn more effective ways to communicate their needs or frustrations, and develop their sense of self. Group members will have the opportunity to connect with other teens with similar challenges, and get support for their own personal difficulties through discussion as well as activities that incorporate both DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) and CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) curriculum.