Rob Nganga
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
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Individual Therapy

Sometimes we may stop being social, stop doing the things we love, or stop going to work/school - and even though we know we should change, we don't. These behaviors are often red flags for something much bigger brewing under the surface.

At our lowest points, we may experience unhelpful thoughts, like "I'm not good enough" or "I'm unlovable" even if we know they aren't true. These unhelpful thoughts usually go hand in hand with hurt feelings like guilt, shame, anger, or embarrassment.

When we don't talk about it, we may experience unhelpful thoughts and hurt feelings as a never-ending cycle. This can lead to us doing things we wish we could take back - the kind of things which can cost us the trust, respect, admiration, or love we once felt from others.

If it's hard for you to put yourself first, talk about your feelings, or end toxic relationships, you're in the right place. I practice therapy models proven to help teens and adults live happier, healthier, and more productive lives. I mainly practice 2 types of therapy:

1. I use Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to help clients become more aware of the mind-body connection, explore when and where their unhelpful thoughts started, and find the answers to their own questions .

2. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with my clients to help them understand and change the cycle of unhelpful thoughts and hurt feelings in order to create more positive behaviors.

In addition to EMDR and CBT, I also use trauma-informed care, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, and Harm Reduction. These other types of therapy are useful for treating childhood trauma, severe anxiety, and addictions to alcohol and drugs. As your therapist, I will use all my training to help you find peace of mind.

How It Works

There are 3 steps to completing Individual Therapy with me:

After the 15-minute Consultation, your first Individual Therapy appointment will be a 60-minute Intake session. During this initial appointment, we will complete Intake paperwork and sign releases. You will complete a few standard mental health assessments in order to identify your specific needs. We will explore what you want to work on in therapy and discuss treatments. I typically see clients on a weekly or bi-weekly basis starting the date of the Intake. All of my sessions are held over confidential video chat via Zoom.

Each Individual Therapy session will be 50 minutes in duration. Throughout treatment, we will dive deeper into your issues and engage in evidenced-based mental health treatments, like EMDR, CBT, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, and Narrative Therapy to support you in identifying and replacing unhelpful relationship patterns. My clients and I often explore concepts including, but not limited to, cognitive distortions, love languages, power and control, equality, and communication skills to gain a fuller understanding of their relationship issues. I emphasize the mind-body-soul connection in my practice to help clients achieve wellness that is both sustainable and specific to their needs. 

As you get closer to your goals and the end of treatment, we will have open and honest conversations regarding your progress to help you stay on your path to healing. Identifying sources of social and emotional support, practicing skills to help you resolve future conflicts nonviolently, and rewriting the narrative about you are all things we will do to prepare for your life after therapy. We will also review resources in your local area to support with any ongoing needs you may have. Resources like crisis hotlines and support groups can be very helpful. You may join one of my support groups (a.k.a. Group Therapy meetings) at any time. 

Ready to Get Started?

Reaching out to a new therapist can be scary. And telling a complete stranger all your deepest, darkest secrets to try and feel better can seem hopeless. I won't wave a magic wand to make your problems go away. What I will do is walk with you on your path to healing. It's easy to get lost on that path. Luckily, my experience and compassion are the GPS.

As a Marriage & Family Therapist licensed in the State of California, I am only able to provide mental health services to residents of California. Unfortunately, if you don't live in California, I cannot facilitate Individual or Group Therapy services with you. I look forward to serving my fellow residents of the Golden State!

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