LIFE IN BALANCE
MY HOLISTIC PRACTICE
"If you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you're just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals."
As an eclectic Transpersonal Psychotherapist, I have the ability to synthesize my skills and experience from several innovative modalities for counseling. My down to earth style is compassionate and gentle. I also have a unique, interactive and direct style. I love sharing the wealth of resources and wisdom, which I have acquired over the years of professional and life experiences.
I believe that the therapeutic alliance between an individual, couple, family, and therapist is the foundation for long-term effective growth and transformation. Neuropsychology has proven that there is an ‘unconscious cognitive connection’ that occurs between a therapist and a client; which enables people to blossom and change. So no matter what special ‘treatment modality’ therapists' claim to utilize: the key to effective therapy is in our relationship itself. Just like in life. A relationship with a psychotherapist can take time and perhaps a few attempts at therapy before you find a therapist that really feels right for you.
As a solution-focused therapist, my goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. My role is to be a midwife in your healing and personal growth process. Psychotherapy is an opportunity to heal and re-parent ourselves. This can be experienced within the safe professional container of a therapeutic alliance. While we can't change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your present life. By applying complementary therapy approaches and techniques, we can transform long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
I specialize in cannabis addiction among women. I have 34 years of personal healing and recovery from Marijuana addiction and growing up in a dysfunctional/abusive family. I have worked in the field of Addiction Medicine since 1990. My studies began at UCSC's Advanced Alcohol and other Drug Studies extension program as an undergraduate student.
With an open mind regarding the Multiple addiction model theories and treatment modalities; I encourage each client to utilize what works best for them. Everyone's recovery is individual and personal. However, for long term work with Antonia; it is suggested one abstain from all mind altering chemicals (including alcohol) to fully participate in therapy.
Please call, email me to arrange a consultation today.
"When you touch one thing with deep awareness, you touch everything."
- Lao Tzu
Therapy for Depression and Anxiety
Neonatal/Child, Spouse, Parent (significant other)
Recovery from all addictions
(including love and co-dependency)
Postpartum and Perinatal Issues
Work/Academic and Career Goals
THERAPY FOR MIND, BODY & SPIRIT
WITH TRAUMA RELEASE
EMDR (see page on EMDR and ERT)
ERT Treatment specialization includes:
Traumatic Birth and NeoNatal PEDS
All Medical Trauma
Emphasis on Early Newborn/Childhood
(inter womb) Attachment
Adult/Teens/Children Abused as Children.(Emotional/Physical/Mental/Sexual Abuse)
ADDITIONAL THERAPEUTIC MODALITIES
Support Fostering Healthy Relationships
Pre-Marriage and In-Marriage Counseling
(mandala and spirit collage)
Mindfulness: Positve Cognitive reprogramming
Meditation and Sound Healing
An educator for Healthy lifestyle:
Yoga, Diet, and balance in everyday life.
Support Integrating Spiritual Principles in relationships, work, and everyday life.
Why Choose Therapy?
Therapists can provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, grief, stress management. Therapists work with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to and aspire to accomplish.
Do I really need therapy?
While everyone goes through challenging situations in life, sometimes a little extra support is needed. There is nothing wrong with seeking that support from a professional therapist. The therapeutic alliance formed with a therapist is the foundation for long-term effective growth and transformation, helping us gain the skills to meet life's challenges and to overcome them.
What is therapy like?
Therapy will be different for each individual but you can expect to share your life story, current events in your life, and report on how you feel you are progressing from session to session.
Depending on your situation and preferences, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. It is most common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist (usually weekly).
What about medication vs. psychotherapy?
Working with your medical doctor you can determine what's best for you, and in some cases, a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action.
Do you take insurance, and how does that work?
To determine if you have mental health coverage through your insurance carrier, the first thing you should do is call them. Check your coverage carefully and make sure you understand their answers. Some helpful questions you can ask them:
• What are my mental health benefits?
• What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
• How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?
• How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
• Is approval required from my primary care physician?
Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist's office. Every therapist should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. This is called “Informed Consent”. Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (your Physician, Naturopath, Attorney), but by law your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.
However, state law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:
* Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
* If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threatened to harm another person.