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Esther Park, Psy.D.

Psychologist Candidate

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anxiety
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anxiety

Your heart is racing, your vision is blurred, you start sweating, your stomach begins to turn, you have trouble breathing…You are seriously anxious. Anxiety in and of itself is not a bad thing. In fact, a certain level of anxiety can help you perform better by motivating you. However, once you are past the beneficial level of anxiety, it can become very harmful and debilitating. I can help you explore and understand your anxieties so you can finally feel better.

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Christianity & spirituality

Your spiritual world view may greatly impact the way you live your life, raise your children, and have relationships. Christian or spiritual principles may be your guiding source, and you may have heard the phrase, "Pray. God will not give you more than you can handle. Pray for healing." However, despite how many times you have prayed, you may still be experiencing great sadness and fear. You may still be reliving your trauma, considering an affair, or engaging in one. You may be repeating the same patterns in your behavior or situations across different relationships. Therapy is not here to lead you away from your beliefs, but rather to help you find a way to bring your beliefs and your circumstances together in a way that brings more grace, depth, and love into your life--to help you understand the deeper parts of what it means to be yourself and grow into the person you believe you were created to be.

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culture

Your culture is an important part of your identity. I cannot tell you which parts of your culture are important for you to hold onto. But, we can explore how your culture impacts your mental health, your relationships, and your overall well-being. Perhaps you're on a continuous journey of becoming acculturated to American society or perhaps you were born here in the United States, but you identify with a specific culture or identity that is different than the mainstream. Exploring this part of who you are may bring about feelings of anxiety, fear, sadness, or joy. And at different times in your life, these issues and conflicts can become hugely important or feel like a crisis. Untangling all that and understanding how your culture has shaped you and how you relate to your culture is incredibly important. I am very glad to help you explore that.

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depression

Depression can be lonely, isolating, and scary. In some cases, you may be hiding your depressive symptoms so well that others around you may not even realize you're depressed. You've learned to mask the pain, go to work, put on a smile or performance, all the while feeling desperately alone, sad, and in pain. Depression can manifest in other ways, too: irritability, change in the way you sleep and eat, lack of energy, having no interest in things you used to enjoy, and feeling hopeless. Emotions are biologically wired into your body to inform you of what is happening around you and in you. When these feelings get ignored or you "power through," they can come out in other, more harmful ways. These depressive symptoms are linked to a part of you that may need some exploring, attention, and validation which is something you and I can work on together.

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psychosis

Are you feeling paranoid, or hearing or seeing things that your friends and family members are not experiencing? If so, you may be getting more afraid while out trying to figure out what's really going on. You might feel not only scared, but also marginalized by others who are seem nervous around you. You also may be unable to explain your experience in a way that others can get it. This can be incredibly lonely and frightening. My goal is to help you through this process, help you understand what you're experiencing, and maybe connect you with some other good support and resources, so you can move through it and get to a calmer, more settled down way of thinking and feeling.

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relationship difficulties

Whether you're having difficulty with co-workers, friends, family, or your spouse, there is room for you to discuss it here. Relationships can be enriching and immensely painful. Learning to explore and attune to your own needs, manage conflict, and learn to listen to others and their needs is an important part of your overall flourishing in life. I believe every relationship we are involved in is a part of a pattern that we continue to create or attempt to break free from. Perhaps you've asked yourself, "Why does this always happen to me? Why do I always find myself in this situation? Is it me…or is it them?" The pain and anger feels familiar and you find yourself in this cycle over and over again. Together, we can look at these patterns and explore how they might be hidden but deeply impact your current relationships.

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trauma

Trauma can be hidden and silent. The pain can be something you've learned to conceal for a very long time. You may have learned to deal with your trauma quietly and by yourself. However, despite how much you try to forget the trauma and just "live life," you may be experiencing the overwhelming emotions that come with trauma from time to time. Despite how much you attempt to forget your trauma, your body remembers it. For example, someone might be in a horrific car accident and then require multiple surgeries and physical therapy sessions. Slowly, this individual learns to walk on their own and function like they used to. However, on rainy days, parts of their body where they had been terribly wounded and then mended together again, start to ache and cry out in pain. Their pain is valid. Your pain is valid. Our bodies remember the trauma and the more we are attuned to our bodies as well as our trauma, the more we can start to heal and live a life that feels less painful.

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