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PEOPLE LIKE US Individuals, Couples, Adolescents and Families We unite to create. The question becomes: What are we creating?
Have you ever walked passed a work site and heard a variety of hammers pounding at various times, only to simultaneously begin to strike in rhythm? This is a phenomenom called entrainment which finds two seemingly independent systems begin to synchronize into a single pulse. As people, we possess this ability to be in tune with others, or to attune to ourselves (emotional honesty). Its where our internal rhythm meets the external stimuli and vice versa.
Each day, we find that the more our wishes, hopes, and desires are accurately attuned by friends and family, the better able we are at attuning our own feelings; especially, when difficulties present themselves in the form of career choices, chemical dependency, aging, divorce, parenting conflicts, blended family concerns, or sexual (dys)function topics just to mention a few.
The Four Basics: Life in the City of Angels Do you find yourself struggling with perfection? Or, perhaps you're someone who has to know everything, all the time? Are you drawn towards intensity? Or, are you a person who typically looks at what isn't working, as opposed to what is?
Therapy can help.
Individuals I work with women, men, and teens from a variety of cultures who find that they use avoidance, anger and emotional distancing to protect themselves from uncertainty, outdated scripts, or fear of being who they truly are. With a little bit of inquiry, we find that people take simple ideas and turn them into beliefs, and these narratives turn their worlds upside down; leading to depression, anxiety, fear or grief. Together, you and I can help you to discover what you need, and uncover ways that allow you to take responsibility for your own fulfillment.
It begins with two basic ideas: The first, is that needs are necessities and these are nothing to feel shame about. The second, is the idea that true satisfaction and forgiveness are each a gradual process.
Couples No matter what culture, gender, or sexuality- partners struggle with five areas, most often: sex/intimacy, time, space, information, and money. These challenges tend to be present when we as lovers and partners, aren't emotionally available. Our discontent shows up when we fail to learn the 'signals' in ourselves and in the ones we love, and then we neglect to show we care. Frustration is a frequent complaint with partners in primary relationships, and it can be misconstrued as anger, hostility, or rage. Ask yourself what the function of your feelings might be? Perhaps those same feelings convey one meaning to your partner but mean something, altogether, different for you.
When you're with your significant other do you become angry when you're actually disappointed or sad? On the other hand, do you become embarrassed if you're actually feeling vulnerable? If you answered yes, (self) cohesion is one of the areas that we can explore together and develop through the therapeutic process.
I am a culturally sensitive couple's therapist and work extensively with muticultural partners, blended families, and racially diverse coupling and their children.
I asked myself about the present: how wide it was, how deep it was, how much was mine to keep. -Kurt Vonnegut
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Kristin F. Jones℠ Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist # 92360. 3611 Seneca Avenue, Los Angeles, Ca, 90039.