ISOLATION & THE FUTURE

I think we are all probably tired of hearing that we are living through unprecedented times – but that doesn’t mean it’s not true.  Some of us may have what feels like too many people around us, 24/7, while others may be feeling the loss of human contact - and some may be experiencing both sensations, depending on the day or time.  The struggle to find connection and meaning, while simultaneously defining and tolerating our boundaries for personal safety, is an ongoing challenge, and can feel like a moving target.  I can help you explore the anxiety, depression or worries you may have about not only the day-to-day problems of a global pandemic, but also the unknown of what comes next.  I am working exclusively virtually at this time, via Google Meet or phone, though I remain hopeful that face-to-face sessions will return at some point.  I can provide teletherapy sessions to residents in the states of California, Illinois and Missouri.

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Beginnings & Endings

Transitions are hard, whether you sought them out or not.  When things are changing around you - in your relationships, at work, or anywhere in your life - anxiety or depression may increase and leave you feeling paralyzed and indecisive.  We can talk it through, and together, we can come up with a plan to help you grow and thrive.

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Trauma & EMDR

When you have experienced traumatic events, in the distant or recent past, the memories can feel like they’re playing on a loop, or be easily triggered in your everyday life.   When it’s useful, I employ a technique called EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) to help these events move to an appropriate part of your memory so that you can move forward.

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Balance & Recovery

Los Angeles can be a challenging city, and distractions to soothe anxiety or depression are never too far away.  When those distractions start to cause issues of their own, what seemed like a solution can become part of the problem.  We can work together to identify the areas that are causing you distress, and find ways to gain balance and improved relationships.

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My Approach

I work from a collaborative, solution-focused, forward-looking stance to help you reach the goals you bring to therapy.  Early on, I hope to be able to give you tools that you can start using immediately, from improving communication skills in your relationships to relieving some of the anxiety or depression symptoms that have you seeking therapy now.  Often, I find it useful to look at the past, both to gain understanding of who you are, and what has brought you to this moment, as well as to identify patterns that may be coming up for you, and causing you distress or pain.  With this deeper knowledge, we can then work together towards finding your fullest and most rewarding life. Take your time to look around the rest of the site, or if would rather just talk directly, you can contact me at 323-546-4947 or at elizabeth@elizabethsterbenz.com.

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Now what?

Contact me for a free phone consultation to see if we are a good fit. We'll talk about what is bringing you to counseling at this time, and I can answer any questions you might have about therapy and my approach.  If you feel comfortable, we'll set up your first appointment, and go from there.