Hello. My name is Esther and I want to congratulate you for taking the first 2 steps required for feeling better: (1) Acknowledging to yourself that there's something in your life that isn't working the way you want, and (2) reaching out to get some help with it. The next step is finding the right person to work with. Most people start by looking for a specific technique. There are tons of techniques available and my experience is informed by many of them, as you can see in the lists below. The most important factor for therapy being successful, though, is not techniques -- it is the connection you are able to make with your therapist. You are the expert on you and no matter how it may look from the outside, whatever you did to get you to today was the right thing because you got here. It may be time to find better ways to move on from here, though. My goal is to walk alongside you and help guide you past what's blocking you, to help you find your own inner wisdom and answers. In this walk my clients tell me they experience me as being warm, compassionate, supportive, easy to talk to, non-judgmental, a good listener, and deeply committed to their well being. I also have a great sense of humor, which can really help you get past some of the tough spots in this work. I have been doing my own personal growth work all my life, so I know what it feels like. And from the decades of therapy-related work I've done in addition to traditional therapy -- a broad range of support and advocacy for both native born Americans and people from 30+ ethnic groups from around the world -- I know that every human being has the same basic wants and needs: To feel safe in their lives, to be seen and valued for who they are, to find purpose, and if they are parents to be able to create a life of opportunity for their children. We are all in this together, and in this work I celebrate our commonalities as well as our diversity. I am acutely aware of the impact on our personal lives of the racism, the discrimination experienced by the LGBT communities, and the many other inequities currently rampant in our society. I also bring the experience of being a single adoptive parent who has raised an adopted toddler to successful adulthood, and I'm passionate and experienced in walking alongside foster and adoptive parents in therapy. Looking inside takes great courage, so I applaud you for reaching out. Whatever you bring, I look forward to speaking with you and walking alongside you. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. My experience includes working with individuals, couples, and families. Feel free to get in touch.
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Adoption and Foster Care, Communication Problems, Family of Origin Issues, Gender Dysphoria, Immigration Issues, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Multicultural Concerns, Prejudice and Discrimination, Self-Love, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems
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I am truly grateful to have Esther as a therapist. She is sharp and on point, but also has a down to earth softness about her. I am better for having her support.
Written on Nov 20, 2023 after therapy with Esther for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Very knowledgeable and caring, she gave me resources to look into which I really appreciate!
Written on Jun 11, 2023 after therapy with Esther for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Esther was precisely who I asked for when I signed up for Better Help. She's nonjudgmental which makes you able to discuss difficult topics. She's warm, friendly, and funny, which also helps me a great deal. Thank you, Esther.
Written on Dec 06, 2022 after therapy with Esther for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd
Esther has been very helpful in helping me sort through my concerns.
She is professional, respectful and has a great way about her.
Written on Jul 25, 2022 after therapy with Esther for 1 month on issues concerning relationship issues, and family conflicts
So far things have been great between us. Very professional and helpful
Written on Jul 20, 2022 after therapy with Esther for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Esther has been a fantastic listener and support system. I could not have asked for a better therapist. There are so many good and positive things I can say and this beautiful kind and funny woman. Thank you Esther for listening without judgement, being encouraging, and checking in on follow up appointments. Thank you for your guidance in one of the most painful and difficult moments of my life. Thank you for providing a safe space.
Written on Jul 19, 2022 after therapy with Esther for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue