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A relationship refers to a connection of two or more people who build enduring commitment to each other out of love. The partners habitually spend time together, share resources and support each other in times of need. Dr. Lynn Winsten, a Berkeley Psychologist & Therapist, acknowledges that healthy relationships are an essential element to having a good life because our lives have more depth and meaning when we feel cared for and love others.

Every relationship faces problems; disagreements or conflict is a natural aspect of human nature. However, many people maintain harmful connections that only bring anguish and prevent them from feeling true happiness. These constant problems not only impact our mental health but also affect our physical health. It’s important to work on oneself in individual therapy, especially if a romantic relationship is causing pain and suffering.

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Psychotherapy is usually the first form of treatment which is suggested to treat depression. At the time of this treatment, a person suffering from it talks to a trained and licensed depression psychotherapist Berkeley who helps an individual to identify and work towards the factors that might be triggering the depression.

Most of the times these factors get combined with chemical and heredity imbalances in the mind to trigger depression. Taking care of the psychosocial and psychological aspects of depression is just as imperative as treating the medical cause. 

How does psychotherapy help to treat depression?

Psychotherapy is useful for people suffering from depression and helps to:

  • Understand and identify the events or life issues such as a death in the family, medical problems, divorce or a job loss that leads to depression and help them to make them understand which aspects they can improve or solve.
  • Understand the emotions, behaviors, and strategies that contribute to the depressed state of a person.
  • Learn techniques with the help of trauma counseling Berkeley to cope up along with the skills to solve problems.
  • Regain pleasure and control in life.

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Depression is so common that it likely affects at least one person you know.  Some people are fortunate enough to be diagnosed with depression, but many others suffer without a diagnosis, wondering why they feel the way they do. 

Depressive episodes can be short-term and feel easily overcome at their best, or like life isn’t worth living anymore at their worst. The feeling may only come on as sadness or listlessness, but it may also manifest in ways that may not seem related to your mood, like changes in appetite or problems concentrating.

What depression is not, is something you just “get over.”  Depression needs the attention of professionals like any other serious medical condition.

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A life fully lived forces us to constantly adapt to change:  a new baby, a new relationship, marriage, divorce, illness, a new career, to name a few. 

Each of these events causes stress to various degrees depending on how well we were biologically and physically and emotionally prepared we were to deal with them. Sometimes we just need a good therapist to talk to. Someone we can rely on to help us through tough times.

All of us try to cope the best we are able to each of these events, but sometimes we feel sad or scared when we should be happy, or we feel stuck and like we cannot go forward, or maybe we just feel overwhelmed and hopeless.

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We all feel alone or lonely at times … sometimes we are too isolated or have been
rejected and temporarily lose our bearings.

But loneliness that is persistent and making us feel poorly tells us something is not working in our lives… maybe we can’t seem to make good friends or find a fulfilling and genuine love… something deep is holding us back from attaching and connecting to others.

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It is unfortunate, but probably the majority of people in our society have experienced some type of trauma in their early lives.  It may show up in a variety of ways in not finding satisfactory work or relationships; in finding oneself addicted and feeling out of control; or in powerful emotions or images that seem to overwhelm and not make sense with what causes them to arise (flashbacks); or in finding oneself with a hurtful other.

Talking with a therapist trained to help people with injuries from childhood like Dr. Lynn Winsten in Berkeley will ultimately lead to self-awareness and relief.  It’s not magic that heals or quick fixes either, it is exploring the roots of the distressing feelings that makes the difference for real.

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