I am a Therapist with over 10 Years of Experience Helping People Have Better Relationships With Themselves and Others.
I specialize in healing the relationship with the self, which ultimately leads to being connected to essential qualities within the self, such as confidence, inner strength, empowerment, and presence. When a person has a healthier relationship with the self that person can naturally have healthier relationships with others.
Often, the difficulties what arise in relationships stem from hurtful experiences from the that past that cause people to develop unhealthy coping strategies and dynamics, to feel disconnected from themselves and/or to resort to unskillful communication.
The way I like to practice is to help clients increase their emotional intelligence, as well as, work through past hurts so that they can be more present. Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify and manage ones own emotions while being with the emotions of others.
I typically work with:
Empowerment and Self Esteem Building
Relationships and Dating
Intimacy Issues and Attachment
Trauma & PTSD
Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks
Grief and Loss
Do you have negative beliefs about yourself that keep you feeling badly about who you are, that cause you to act in ways that cause harm to yourself or others and/or are inappropriate and/or prevent you from taking action or inhibit you from living the life you want?
Do you have patterns of coping that cause problems in relationships or in working effectively or of having deeper intimacy?
Do you have habits that leave you feeling unhappy?
There are a number of reasons why a person may choose to seek therapy. Whether it’s to develop greater self-awareness and emotional intelligence, find clarity and be happier. Or to change behavior or patterns that get in the way of living your life fully. Or the desire to work through unresolved trauma, PTSD or hurt that needs healing. I’m here to help you feel better.
I’m a very directive and engaged practitioner. I like to use guidance and practices that will help you deepen into your experience, get into the here and now and connect with yourself while developing awareness, increasing your emotional intelligence and healing past hurts. When you can connect with your self in this way, the true transformation begins.
About Sandra M. Amat, MFT
I have discovered through many years of my own practice and exploration that beneath all the layers of doing, feeling, thinking and sensing there exists an aspect of the self that is a vast resource of grounding and support. This is the authentic part of us, underlying the personality that I like to call the Essential Self. When we consciously connect to this Essential place within ourselves, we can see clearly through our thoughts, feelings, habits and patterns, stories and distractions. In so doing, we have the objectively necessary to create the changes we long for.
I earned my Masters Degree in clinical psychology at California Institute of Integral Studies. I am licensed in California as a Marriage Family Therapist (MFT #41004). I practice Client-Centered Psychotherapy with emphasis in the Gestalt Therapy and Family Systems. I incorporate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques, Somatic exercises, Mindfulness practices and the Enneagram, a wonderful tool for developing self-awareness. I am trained in EMDR, an effective treatment for healing trauma and working with PTSD. I also practice Animal Assisted Therapy and provide Emotional Support Animal documentation for people who can benefit from having an Emotional Support Animal as part of their treatment plan.
Please call or email me if you want to find out more about how I work, or to schedule an appointment.